Your gas boiler is a system comparable to the engine of your car. Like your car’s engine, it needs to be serviced once a year to ensure reliability, and optimum energy efficiency. Many homeowners often assume that they can maintain, clean and inspect their heating systems themselves. Yet, especially for safety reasons, you should have your heating system maintained by a specialist heating engineer or gas boiler repair professional.
Heating and boiler engineers are important tradesmen to contact if you want to install a gas boiler or if you have any boiler or central heating problems. While it may be tempting to contact a big company like British Gas for boiler installation, service or repair, a recommended gas boiler expert that’s local to you can often be a more cost-effective option. HaMuch can help you find a local gas boiler service expert that’ll get your job done.
A local boiler or heating engineer can offer to Install, replace or repair components based on what is the best option and value for you...including;
System and Combi Boilers eg. Worcester Bosch, Baxi, Vaillant
Boiler parts eg. Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), Main and Domestic Heat Exchangers, Diverter Valves, Thermistors
Circulator pumps eg. Grundfos, Wilo, Dab
Magnet filters eg. MagnaClean, Spirotech, Fernox F1
Heating Controls (Programmers, Timers, Thermostats, Thermostatic Radiator Valves or TRVs) eg. Honeywell, Danfoss, Drayton
Heating engineers specialise in the installation and maintenance of equipment related to heating systems. Some of their duties include the following:
Your boiler will need an annual service from a qualified registered heating engineer and other than this, you can make your house cosy and ready for action by running a few simple maintenance jobs.
Servicing a boiler has a number of advantages including prolonging its lifespan, making sure it is operating at its best, meeting the requirements of any warranty, and also making sure that it is not giving off carbon monoxide fumes, which can prove fatal.
Carbon monoxide, which cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, is known as the silent killer. It is caused when a fuel source does not burn fully. As well as regular servicing, it is a good idea to locate a carbon monoxide alarm near a boiler.
What is a Combi or Combination Boiler?
A small space saving boiler with everything in the box which provides hot water and heats your home without the need for a water tank in the loft or a hot water cylinder in an airing cupboard freeing up valuable storage areas. Combis can be fuelled by gas, oil or LPG, gas versions are the most common.
Does my home need a Combi Boiler?
Combi boilers are ideal for small homes where space is precious and where you don't use a lot of hot water. If you have several bathrooms, want to fill a child's bath and wash the dishes simultaneosuly, have power showers or generally use lots of hot water then a Combi boiler may not be suitable for you.
How do Combi boilers work?
The main difference of how combination boilers work is how they produce hot water. When a hot tap or shower is turned on mains domestic water flows into the combination boiler and passes through a domestic (plate to plate) heat exchanger. The domestic heat exchanger is heated directly by the system heating water (ie the water that goes through your radiators) coming from the main heat exchanger (above the burner) and then this heat transfers to the clean water passing through the domestic heat exchanger and goes to your taps etc. In this way hot water is produced instantly, the amount of hot water and the temperature will depend on the power rating of the boiler.
What is a System Boiler?
A modern compact boiler, containing a circulator pump and control valves, which works with a separate hot water cylinder, usually a sealed pressurised cylinder, such as a Mega Flow, to give big heating and pressurised hot water out-put. Fed and pressurised by mains water so does not require water and header tanks in the loft.
Does my home need a System Boiler?
If you enjoy a lot of hot water for luxurious showers or have to bathe a busy family plus have the space for a cylinder then a Sytem boiler is the ideal modern efficient neat design for those moving on from a Conventional boiler system (ie cylinder and feed and water tanks in loft).
How do System Boilers work?
System boilers are reasonably compact, burn fuel, usually gas, to heat system water which is pumped out of the boiler and then goes through a motorised valves to either heat a network of radiators and underfloor heating coils or through the heating coil inside the hot water cylinder. System boilers are modern in design and use flue heat recovery to ensure high efficiency.
What is a Conventional Boiler?
A simple boiler which does not contain a pump of control valves. The pump, control valves will be fitted or may already exist external to the boiler. Hot water will be via a hot water cylinder, probably non pressurised and hopefully indirect (ie not primatic which are rarely seen let alone fitted nowadays). The cyclinder will be filled from a water tank (large) and the heating system will have an header tank (small) with an overflow pipe allowing expansion as heating system gets hot.
Does my home need a Conventional Boiler?
If your heating system is already set up and your boiler is beyond economic repair you can either take the opportunity to up-grade to a system boiler and pressurised hot water cylinder or you can choose the cheaper option of simply replacing your old conventional boiler with something similar.
How do Conventional Boilers work?
Conventional boilers simply heat water and rely on an extenal pump to circulate and external valves to turn on heating and hot water subject to whatever external thermostat, timer, programmer are fitted.
Condensing: Under current Building Regulations all newly installed gas and oil-fired boilers must be Condensing Boilers due to their energy efficiency. They extract a much higher percentage of heat from the fuel being burned, as well as obtaining heat from the flue gases that old-fashioned boilers would have discharged into the atmosphere.
Oil and solid fuel-fired:There are some parts of the country, particularly in rural areas, where there is no gas supply. Therefore boilers fitted in homes in these locations need to use an alternative source of fuel such as oil, wood or coal.
Gas-fired: Gas is the preferred choice for most people when it comes to a boiler. They are more convenient and less time-consuming to operate than solid fuel versions, where you have to have somewhere to store the fuel, unless an automatic hopper is fitted, the fuel has to be manually fed into the boiler and residual ash needs to be regularly cleared away.
A qualified heating engineer will quickly and easily service your boilers to keep them running at the optimum level and head off any problems.
HaMuch makes it super easy to find local gas boiler installers or specialists in gas boiler repair near you. To find a tradesman near you, follow our simple three-step process:
Get quotes: We’ll send your job listing to heating engineers in your area. We’ll notify you via text when three tradesmen have expressed interest in your job.
Select your tradesman: Review the profiles and experience of the tradesmen interested in working with you. You can use HaMuch to read customer reviews from people just like you, compare rates and see how close they are to you. You can even communicate with tradesmen to discuss the work before making your decision — you’re in complete control!
Our search tools are designed to help you find a tradesman that best suits your needs, budget and location.
You can find specialist local engineers for hot water cylinders and combi boilers or local LPG and oil boiler engineers on HaMuch, and compare both prices and ratings.
|Location in UK||Hourly Rate||Daily Rate|
|Heating Engineer in London||£53||£277|
|Heating Engineer in Birmingham||£38||£232|
|Heating Engineer in Leeds||£35||£215|
|Heating Engineer in Glasgow||£38||£252|
|Heating Engineer in Sheffield||£33||£221|
|Heating Engineer in Bradford||£34||£222|
|Heating Engineer in Liverpool||£36||£223|
|Heating Engineer in Edinburgh||£37||£248|
|Heating Engineer in Manchester||£36||£226|
|Heating Engineer in Bristol||£36||£239|