About Ray – A guest post by a happy client

Hi, My name is Julian Holden and I’ve known Ray for about two years. Ray came on a marketing course I run at City Lit and since them we’ve met to discuss his website on a few occasions. I’ve been encouraging him to write a blog so that prospective clients can see what a nice and knowledgeable guy he is. Unfortunately he is too busy doing what he does best to often find time for this so I’ve stolen the keys to the website to do him a favour.

I was having problems with my central heating boiler and, as I knew Ray, and as as he seemed honest to me, I asked if he’d come over and look at this. He was initially reluctant, he is in North London and I’m in Southwest London and he’d rather work locally but I convinced him that it was clear that I needed a new boiler, mine was last replaced in 2001 and leaked continually, and that as another plumber had told me that all our radiators and plumbing would also need to be replaced it would probably be worth his while.

Ray turned up on time and poked around the system for a while. He decided that the radiators and existing plumbing were probably OK – and that we could replace anything that leaked as we went. He gave a me a quote for a new boiler, which included all the other parts and materials required and encouraged me to go and check prices for the boiler online so we could see that he wasn’t marking up the price.

I was a power flushing cynic. The very idea that it was worth paying a sum of several hundred pounds to have an engineer wash warm water through your plumbing to dislodge old bits of rubbish, mainly rust, sounded like the ultimate con trick to me. It was clear though that this needed to be done for the warranty on the new boiler to be valid. I am cynic no more. The amount of rubbish that washed out of our system impressed even Ray, who was happily taking pictures of the filthy filters of his power flush machine, and who came back the following day to give it another go as he suspected his machine hadn’t caught it all.

Ultimately all is fine. We have a new boiler, that heats both hot water and the central heating much better than the old and which is so quiet you need to look at the control panel to tell if its on, really hot radiators, a remote thermostat so we don’t need to go to the boiler to change the temperature, a permanent magnetic filter to catch any remaining bits of rust in the system, We’ve kept our existing radiators, but with new valves, and a couple of other tidied up bits of plumbing that I’m not sure were on the estimate but which offended Ray’s professional eye so he did them anyway.

Ray’s estimate was 40% lower than the other one I had. He ended doing did more work than was costed in getting the old radiators sorted out but charged me the estimated cost. I’m quite frankly amazed.

More about Ray. He is a pleasant and reliable chap, he turns up on time, works tidily, cleans up behind him and takes his rubbish away. I really cannot recommend this guy highly enough. If you can get him to work for you I’m sure you will be delighted with his service.

Three and a bit reasons to replace your boiler

Let’s face it. Boiler replacement is a boring subject and involves a capital cost. As humans these are two very good reasons to avoid this. Let me give you three (and a bit) reasons why you might want this on your todo list.

Living in A Warm and Quiet House

A boiler nearing the end of its life won’t keep the entire house warm and may make annoying noises (kettling). Regardless of temperature settings, the radiators probably won’t get as hot as they did when the equipment was running efficiently. A new boiler will be quiet and efficient.

Lower Energy Bills

When a boiler isn’t working efficiently, it costs more to operate. Quite simply older boilers are likely to need to run longer to produce the same amount of hot water. Increased energy costs might be the result of an inefficient boiler. New boilers are more efficient and require less energy to produce the same results.

Reduced maintenance costs

Older boilers are often difficult or expensive to repair as components for them may not be available. Like all devices you depend upon they can be trusted to break down at the most inconvenient time leaving you without heat or hot water until they can be repaired or replaced.

In short

While some companies will try to tell you that energy savings will be significant unfortunately the statistics in these reports tend to compare very old equipment to the most efficient models on the market today.

Although your savings might be more modest, emergency repair costs will vanish, and that could result in substantial savings for a family whose boiler has been breaking down regularly for the past couple of years.

Surely having a warm and safe house is priceless!

Choosing a Replacement Boiler

If your gas boiler is more than about 10 years old you may get more reliable performance, and save money in fuel costs, by replacing it. Here’s the least you need to know:

Types of Boiler

There are two main types of gas boiler, Traditional boilers – which store their hot water in an insulated hot water tank and Combi boilers, which produce hot water on demand.

Combi boilers usually require simpler and less expensive plumbing, provide the ability to have a bath or shower on demand with no need to wait for water to heat up, and use less fuel. Traditional boilers can have the edge where large amounts of the hot water are needed at the same time for example in a larger house with multiple bathrooms.

While replacing an older traditional boiler with a fuel efficient Combi is often a good idea this will often involve replacement of some of the existing plumbing.

Energy Ratings

These rate efficiency, the amount of gas turned to heat on a range from A to G. You’ve probably seen the rating stickers on electrical appliances like fridges and washing machines. A-rated appliances should be extracting 90% or more of the energy from the gas. Older boilers ae much less effective and become less efficient as they age. Replacing an older boiler with a more efficient boiler will save you money on your energy bill.

Give me a call if you’d like to discuss this. I’m happy to advise and quote you for a replacement if you choose to do this.

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The idea of spending a lot of money on a new boiler doesn’t appeal to many people. However, when the cost of repairing old equipment starts taking a toll on the family budget, it’s time to talk to a company with experience in boiler replacement North London that families trust. These tips will help you decide whether installing new equipment is right for your family this year.

High Energy Bills

When a boiler isn’t working efficiently, it’s going to cost more to operate. Older equipment is likely to need to run longer to produce the same amount of hot water. A sudden increase in energy costs might be the result of an inefficient boiler. New equipment is much more efficient and requires less energy to produce the same results. Families who install new boilers notice a difference right away in their monthly costs, and they are a lot more comfortable in their home. With the simple act of boiler replacement north London, families can save quite a bit of money every year.

Cold House

A boiler that is nearing the end of its life won’t be able to keep the entire house warm. Regardless of the temperature settings, the radiators might not get as hot as they did when the equipment was running efficiently. In some cases, this happens because the pilot light regularly goes out. When a boiler turns itself off, that is generally a sign of a significant problem, and homeowners should immediately look into installing a new boiler. By getting new boiler installation London, families can be sure they’ll be warm all winter without any minor or major problems that require an emergency visit from the repair technician.

Strange Noises or Smells From The Boiler

No one wants to wake up to strange noises or smells in their home. What a family might assume is someone trying to break into their house could actually be a sign their boiler is going bad. It’s important to have knocking or hissing sounds, as well as odd smells, addressed right away by a contractor who is skilled in boiler replacement north London families have confidence in to give them a fair and accurate estimate for repairs or replacement. It’s always important to learn how much new equipment will cost and compare that to the cost of repairing the existing boiler. Families should also consider the likelihood of the same problem happening again in the future before opting for a repair.

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Age of the Equipment

A boiler that is used in a home where multiple people shower daily is only going to last about 10 years. After that, even if it is properly maintained, it is going to lose efficiency to the point it costs too much to operate. At that time, a family only has a couple of options. They can start taking shorter and cooler showers or they can purchase a new boiler. Although the cost of new equipment might seem prohibitive, the fact that life is much more bearable with reliable access to heat and hot water can really make the decision easier.

A water leak is not only a waste of a valuable resource, it can also lead to serious problems for your family and home. Sound boilers do not leak. It’s important for a family that sees any wetness around the bottom of their boiler to contact a contractor right away. Left alone, some boiler issues could result in carbon monoxide poisoning as well. When considering whether to get new boiler installation north London, households should not compromise on their health.

Ongoing Emergency Repair Costs vs Boiler Replacement Costs

You may have read that installing a new boiler in a Hampstead home will result in a very significant annual energy cost savings. Unfortunately, the statistics in these reports tend to compare very old equipment to the most efficient models on the market today. Although your savings might be more modest, the amount you’ve been paying for emergency repairs will vanish, and that could result in substantial savings for a family whose boiler has been breaking down regularly for the past couple of years. The only thing new equipment needs is routine maintenance, and that is very affordable.

Stanmore families that are considering replacing their boiler should always work with an experienced contractor. All boilers are not created equal, and the best one for your neighbour’s home might not be right for you. A knowledgeable contractor will help you choose equipment based on the size of your home and the existing insulation in your home. Some additional upgrades may also need to be made to ensure your family gets the most from your new boiler. Before completing boiler installation London contractors always evaluate the property to ensure the new equipment will result in cost savings for the family.

Since most people only purchase a couple of boilers in their lifetimes, it’s essential to research and find a contractor who is known for their knowledge as well as their willingness to help customers choose the best options for their North London homes. The best choice is not always the most expensive, and a reputable contractor will give a family all of the information they need to make a wise decision. Putting off this purchase when it is definitely needed will only result in more problems for the household. The inefficient furnace will continue to cost too much to operate and might even result in health problems for residents of the home until it is replaced.

Reference: http://www.homeheatingguide.co.uk/boiler-manufacturers.html

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