USEFUL TIPS FOR BOILERS

There are a variety of boiler maintenance tips which you can put into use to avoid costly boiler repairs bills and further hassle.

The most important step is to be able to detect warning signs of a malfunctioning boiler system. Condensing boilers are typically preferred by most homeowners since they significantly reduce gas and electricity costs however, they are more likely to freeze in cold temperatures and require annual preventative maintenance.

The most obvious sign of a faulty boiler is when it stops heating water. However trouble may have started long before this sign becomes apparent. The flame color is one of the indicators of the boiler’s efficiency. A well-functioning boiler should produce a clear blue flame. An orange or yellow flame means it’s time to speak with our boiler technician.

Boiler Inspection and Maintenance

Boiler pressure should not suddenly rise and drop, and if it does, it means that your boiler needs inspection. Strange and ticking noises when the boiler starts up are also a bad sign.

Here are some do’s and don’ts of boiler maintenance suggested by the b and b air:

  • Regularly run your heating system. Make this a routine at least once a month including summer, so that you ensure your system runs efficiently. This also ensures the boiler pump is free of grit gathered when it was not in use.
  • Service your boiler. Schedule boiler check-ups at least once a year to ensure smooth operation. At Comfort Plus Services, we offer 24/7 boiler repair and maintenance services which are professionally performed by a team of experts.
  • Avoid blockages. Do not block the vents or cover your gas boiler. The outside flues also need to be free from blockage. Blockages increase pressure and may lead to other serious damages on the boiler.
  • Install a detector. A carbon monoxide (CO) detector is very important to warn you promptly if there is a leak. It can help you avoid fatalities and illness. CO is a deadly gas that is extremely difficult to detect without some sort of aid. If you suspect there is a CO leak in your home, the first thing you should do is evacuate without delay. Once you have left your home you should contact the fire department who will have the proper tools to detect a CO leak and determine if it is safe to reenter your home.
  • Get informed. If you are renting your home or property, your landlord should get all appliances inspected annually to ensure safe and efficient operation.
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Winter Electrical Safety Tips

Winter Electrical Safety Tips for the Start of Autumn/Winter

As the seasons change, some appliances get more of a workout, and others get to sit back and take it easy for a while. Here are a few suggestions of Ohio Electric Company for simple electrical maintenance you can do at the beginning of Autumn/Winter.

  • Before you put portable fans into storage, check that all the cords and plugs are sound and not frayed, and clean the dust off any covers or wire cages.
  • Organise for your air-conditioners to be cleaned and serviced ready for next summer.
  • Wind back the running time on your pool filter and ensure your pool blanket is firmly in place.
  • Flick your ceiling fans from summer to winter setting. There is a little switch above the blades on most ceiling fans. When on S for summer, the blades draw the heat up away from the floor towards the ceiling. When on W for winter, the blades push the warm air from the roof and circulate it through the room. If you are heating your space, this little flick can make a load of difference to your power bill!
  • Adjust your fridge and freezer thermostats. Winter and summer can both create havoc with your settings, so use a fridge thermometer to check that your freezer is running at -18°C and your fridge at 3°C.
  • Check that your fire extinguishers and fire blankets are within their use-by date.
  • Test your smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly.

Heaters, Electric Blankets & Heated Pet Bet Safety

  • B&B Heating and Cooling suggest you that before you plug in your electric blankets and heaters, check all the cords are solid and not frayed (especially the bit near the plug that sees the most wear and tear). If your cords are frayed or damaged, don’t risk it. Throw them out.
  • Check electric blankets, rugs and heated pet beds to ensure the heating element is still solidly within the item and you can’t see any wires poking out before you use them.
  • Look to see if there are any dislodged heating elements in space heaters before you turn them on.
  • Regularly vacuum the back of space heaters and any filters to remove any dust build-up which can become a fire hazard if not removed.
  • If you need to upgrade your portable heater, choose one that has an automatic off switch if tipped over or if it overheats.
  • Keep portable heaters away from curtains, bedding, wet areas, high traffic areas or walkways. You need a minimum of 1 meter between your heater and any other object.
  • Don’t run heater extension cords under carpets or rugs. Ideally, plug portable space heaters directly into the wall socket or power board, rather than use an extension cord.
  • Electric space heaters draw a lot of power. Never double up on double adaptors or power boards. You can easily overload the circuit and start a fire.
  • Don’t put heavy items such as laundry baskets or suitcases on top of beds with electric blankets on them. They can break the wires, or can cause “hot spots” which can cause a fire if the blankets are turned on.
  • Reverse cycle air conditioners are more effective than other forms of heating. It is time to retire your old oil heater as they tend to be heavy energy users.

If you are looking for Electricians in Ohio, we are the best boiler repairs electricians are the family owned and operated full service electric company Oh. Years of experience allow us to perform our job quickly and efficiently. Call us today for a free estimate! 440-988-2277.

10 Top Boiler Maintenance Tips

We are fast approaching cooler weather and you might be thinking about turning your boiler on. Some maintenance carried out in early Autumn will not only save you money and but possibly even your life. Boilers which are not maintained can become faulty and faulty boilers can be fatal. Also, remember that a well maintained boiler will be much more efficient and save you money in your fuel bills.

1) Annual boiler service

Getting your boiler serviced annually will keep it running in tip top condition. A skilled Gas Safe engineer will be able to make adjustments to the running of the boiler to ensure that it is not only running safely but also efficiently. The engineer will check that the main components of the boiler are working and give accessible areas a clean. Getting your boiler serviced in September will ensure that your boiler is ready for heavier use in the Autumn and Winter months and it reduces the ratio of boiler repairs.

2) Bleed radiators

When you first turn on your boiler, allow it to run for a bit. You will probably notice that some of the radiators do not heat up straight away. This is often because there is air in the radiator. You can tell if it is air because the radiator will be hot at the bottom and cold at the top.

To resolve this, follow these steps:

  • Get an old cloth and a radiator key.
  • Protect carpet with plastic just in case it leaks
  • Place the key in the valve and gently turn the key anti clockwise for a quarter of a turn holding the cloth underneath the key to catch any water that escapes.
  • You will hear a hissing noise as the air comes out of the radiator.
  • After awhile, the hissing will stop and water should start to come out of the radiator.
  • Catch any excess water in the cloth.
  • Turn the radiator key in the opposite direction to close the valve.
  • Check the radiator that should now be hot all the way to the top.

After you have bled the radiator, you should check the pressure gauge on the boiler as it is likely that the pressure will drop and you may need to re-fill your boiler see point 5 below for heating boiler repair.

3) Common radiator problems

a) Painted over valve – If the radiator has been painted, sometimes the valve is painted over. This means that it is not easy to free the valve try applying some pressure and WD40 to free it. If not, call us and we will send someone over to you to fix the problem.

b) Radiator is hot at top but not at the bottom – This will be because there is sludge in your radiator, you will need to get the system power flushed. Click here for more information on power flushing your central heating system.

c) Radiator not heating up at all – Check to see that the valve at the bottom of the radiator is open. It will turn clockwise. If it is open and the radiator is still not heating up, this could mean a problem with the valve. If you need to replace the valve, we would always recommend that you opt for a thermostatic radiator valve as it gives you the ability to adjust the heat setting of the radiator according to your needs.

4) Balancing the radiators

This is quite a tricky but worthwhile exercise. Once you have bled all the radiators, you might notice that some are warmer than others. If you gently adjust the radiators so that the really hot ones are less hot, then the cooler ones should warm up. In big houses this it quite difficult and you may require expert help. My Plumber does carry out a Boiler Service Plus which includes bleeding radiators and balancing the system.

5) Checking the boiler pressure

Once the boiler is working, check the pressure gauge to make sure that it is running to Manufacturer’s recommended pressure levels. If the pressure is low, then you can top it up. This is how you re-fill a Worcester Bosch boiler.

Please remember to do this carefully as it is very easy to damage a part of the boiler called the Pressure Release Valve. If this part is damaged, then you will need to call a Gas Safe engineer to fix the problem.

6) Check for dripping from the boiler overflow pipe

If there is water dripping from the overflow pipe (located outside your property), it could mean that there is a problem with the boiler. Commonly, the Pressure Release Valve has become faulty. This could be as a result of overfilling the boiler or simply, over time, it has become faulty. You will need to call an engineer to resolve this problem.

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7) Check ventilation

Boilers need to have space around them to be properly ventilated. Make sure that wherever the boiler is housed is clear of clutter. All those shoes, bags and coats should be moved out of the way to let your boiler breathe.

If the boiler is housed in a box, ensure that the boiler is accessible with an access panel so that it can be maintained properly. There are strict ventilation requirements and these can be found in your manufacturer’s instructions.

8) Check flue is accessible

Recently the regulations changed and now it is law to ensure that the flue can be seen so that any joints can be checked. This means that for any flues that disappear into the ceiling or a void, access panels must be installed.

This is for your safety because if a joint is leaking with carbon monoxide, it might not be spotted. If you have any doubts, it is wise to call us or another Gas Safe engineer and we will fit some access panels for you.

9) Look for a blue flame

If the flame of your boiler is yellow or orange and not blue, call a Gas Safe engineer straight away and get it checked. A yellow or orange flame on a boiler can mean that the boiler is faulty.

10) Do not try to do any boiler repairs yourself

If there is a problem with your boiler, do not open it and try to fix it yourself. Always ensure that whoever does work on your boiler is Gas Safe Registered.

Ask the engineer to show you his Gas Safe Card and check that the dates are correct for the year. Call the Gas Safe and check the number is valid.

Furnace Repair North Ridgeville Ohio

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Furnaces usually are either gas or electric. Each has its own advantages and specifications when being maintained, repaired and installed. The professional team of Furnace Repair North Ridgeville Ohio is well equipped to handle whatever furnace installation or repair you need.

Amherst & Lorain County, OH’s first choice in furnace repair and installation

We understand that new heaters can cost more money than you have in your budget. This is why our technicians will go above and beyond to work with you and find a reasonable and affordable solution to fit your heating needs. We also offer senior citizen discounts!

Don’t hesitate to contact Furnace Repair North Ridgeville Ohio if you’re living in a freezing home. We can help you with a heating solution that won’t break your bank!

Your Heating Air Contractor, Here When You Need Us

In order to keep our promise to your satisfaction, we offer 24 hour emergency services. Whenever you need us, we are there in an instant to help. Emergency furnace servicing is not subject to hidden fees, either.

There is no need for you to be uncomfortable because your furnace isn’t working properly. Call us today at 440-988-2277, and we’ll have your home or office warm again in no time.

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