You should get your boiler serviced regularly to make sure it’s working properly. A faulty boiler could waste you money on energy and might even start leaking poisonous carbon monoxide. Because the gas is colourless and scentless, it’s hard to tell if one of your appliances starts leaking carbon monoxide – so you should get them serviced by a Gas Safe Registered engineer once a year.
We can send our engineer to give you a fixed price quote and repair your appliance for you, from a small leak to an ongoing problem. We repair any appliance from Gas Fires to Central Heating Boilers.
Our expert engineer is Gas Safe registered, fully qualified to install your new gas appliance safely. You can arrange a visit from our engineer on any day of the week for a free quotation. We can install your new gas appliance and can take away the packaging and recycle your old appliance if you want us to.
Cleaning a central heating system is integral to its health and powerflushing is a popular cleaning method due to the rapid but comprehensive clean it delivers. The benefits of a clean heating system are well-documented:
So how do you know if a system needs a powerflush? Here are some symptoms to look out for.
CARBON MONOXIDE TESTS
Thomson Gas Services can send out our Expert Engineer to fully check your Gas Appliances and Test or Install any Carbon Monoxide alarm as a safety precaution. Here are some facts about Carbon Monxide....
THE HIDDEN DANGER OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Often, several members of the same family or those in a given building will complain of the same symptoms. Children are thought to be more susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning than adults. Some people may not suspect that CO poisoning is occurring until major symptoms appear. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can mimic gastroenteritis (nausea and vomiting). Other manifestations may cause the appearance of what may appear to be a neurological or psychiatric disorder. High risk groups include infants, the elderly, pregnant women, and anyone with a previous history of cardiac insufficiency or chronic obstructive lung disease.
Cerebral edema (swelling of the brain) is also a common result of severe carbon monoxide poisoning. This life threatening condition entails the destruction of brain cells by compressing them into themselves within the cranial compartment. Drugs that are normally used for the treatment of cerebral edema, like Dexamethasone and Mannitol, do not seem to be of assistance in the treatment of CO induced cerebral edema. Studies have shown that cerebral edema caused by CO poisoning can cause delayed neurological problems that involve the “higher” or cognitive functions, and may cause a Parkinsonian-like brain syndrome.
Other incidents have been reported in apartments where gas stoves are being used for heat. In at least one case, carbon monoxide poisoning was caused by the use of a charcoal grill within an apartment’s bathtub. More than fifty percent (50%) of all carbon monoxide incidents occur within homes. Twenty percent (20%) of all incidents occur in businesses of various types.
Upon arrival, it is recommended that Basic Life Support (BLS) (e.g. EMT) personnel should:
It is recommended that Advanced Life Support (A.L.S.) (e.g. Paramedic) personnel should:
PREVENTION AND CONCLUSIONS
Many lives could be saved and much disability prevented if citizens could learn to recognize and prevent the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Preventive efforts such as checking furnace flues, chimneys, and vents could help to alleviate the hazard. The use of good common sense in not using open flames, ovens and other appliances not intended for heating, could reduce the number of carbon monoxide related incidents. It is also recommended that homeowners have their complete heating systems checked before every heating season.
Only by being aware of the peril, and understanding the nature of the hazard, can we help to prevent unnecessary exposures to deadly carbon monoxide. By understanding the mechanism of injury, we can be better prepared to treat the effects of this toxic product. In this way, it is expected that the number of people who succumb to carbon monoxide’s “deadly clutches” can be reduced.
Heating accounts for about 60 per cent of what you spend in a year on energy bills, so an efficient boiler makes a big difference.
Modern boilers are more efficient for several reasons, but their main advantage is that they are all condensing boilers. All well-maintained boilers burn their fuel very efficiently, but they inevitably lose some heat in the hot gases that escape up the flue. A condensing boiler has a larger heat exchanger, so it recovers more heat, sends cooler gases up the flue and is more efficient.
Sometimes the flue gases get so cool that the water vapour in the gas condenses out (hence the name), and even more energy is recovered from the condensing vapour.
When should I consider when replacing my boiler?
If it is time to change your boiler, you need to decide what type of boiler is right for you. Here are some things to consider:
If you have mains gas, a gas boiler is likely to be the cheapest heating option. We also install LPG appliances if you live in a rural area.
If you don’t have a gas supply to your home, it might be worth considering a form of low carbon heating such as a heat pump or biomass. With the renewable heat incentive these may be a cheaper overall.
Alternatively you may want to get a gas connection to your home. The company that owns and operates the gas network in your area may be able to help with the cost of getting a new connection, and it may even be fully funded. Contact Energy Networks Association for further information.
Most old gas and oil boilers are regular boilers that have a separate hot water cylinder to store hot water, rather than providing it directly from the boiler. When you replace your boiler you can buy a new regular boiler, and keep your hot water cylinder, or buy a combi boiler that doesn't need a cylinder.
A regular boiler is more efficient than a combi at producing hot water in the first place, but then some heat is lost from the hot water cylinder, so a combi may be more efficient overall.
Your hot water usage
Large families using lots of hot water are likely to be better off with a regular boiler, whereas smaller households using less may be better off with a combi boiler.
Space in your home
Combi boilers don’t need hot water cylinders, and so require less space in your home.
Corrosion deposits in an older central heating system can cause a substantial reduction in the effectiveness of the radiators, and the system as a whole. The build-up of scale in heating circuits and on boiler components can cause a reduction in efficiency too.
Using an effective chemical inhibitor can decrease the corrosion rate and prevent the build-up of sludge and scale, thus preventing deterioration and helping to maintain efficiency.
LPG & CARAVAN SAFETY CHECKS
Gas safety is a serious business. It’s not just crucial, it’s compulsory. At Thomson Gas Services we can provide you with an essential Gas Safety Certificate each year to give you peace of mind that you are in safe hands.
A change of law now makes it the responsibility of the caravan owner to have a safety check carried out on all the gas appliances in the van every twelve months. Local authorities are now checking caravan sites to make ensure that this is being done.
We can supply a safety certificate for your caravan or private home. This check includes ensuring that all appliances are safe to use and reporting any maintenance work that is required.
Our expert engineer is qualified to work on LPG appliances, either in caravan sites or private homes.
We do offer a discount to owners of large caravan sites.
LANDLORD SAFETY CERTIFICATES
In 1996 the government made law that all landlords who rent part, or all of a property, must have all gas appliances and the pipe work installation checked and a certificate to prove it every 12 months.
If you are a landlord with your gas appliances unchecked, call us today for your Landlords Gas Safety Certificate (CP 12).
This service is also available for homeowners who wish to have their appliances safety checked for peace of mind or wish to show documented evidence to potential buyers that their gas appliances are in safe working order.
We do offer a discount to owners of multiple properties.
MINOR PLUMBING REPAIRS
A Thomson Gas Services will can do anything from a minor leaking tap to an outside tap. We also install outside Hot Water Taps.
Our expert engineer is Gas Safe registered, fully qualified to install your gas cooker safely. You can arrange a visit from our engineers on any day of the week.
We can install your new cooker and can take away the packaging and recycle your old cooking appliance if you want us to.
Please ensure you have a gas pipe in your kitchen already so your new cooker can be easily installed.
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