Household boiler explosions are not commonplace but unfortunately they do happen and can cause serious harm to those caught in the immediate vicinity. Just earlier this month a suspected boiler explosion destroyed a family home in Staffordshire inflicting multiple fatalities to the four occupants inside. Back in 2015 two sisters were having a coffee in the front room when the central heating boiler exploded sending shards of brick and mortar in all directions. Although one of the sisters later recovered from minor force trauma injuries, a fireman later stated that she would have been cut in half if it wasn’t for the thick coffee table shielding the lower half of her body. As a result of the explosion, her property also suffered significant structural damage.
Terrible incidents like this serve as a reminder that you need to be vigilant when it comes to boiler health, maintenance and selecting only the most qualified gas engineers to carry out work on your unit. In the majority of cases, boilers are well equipped with a number of safety features that can prevent the occurrence of serious problems but boiler explosions can be caused by a number of different reasons.
In basic terms, boilers use fuel to heat water which is then circulated to different locations. When water heats up it expands and turns into steam which in an enclosed space can create a tremendous amount of pressure. Boilers therefore need to be able to cope with this pressure safely and must be manufactured to extremely high standards with airtight joins and quality hardware.
The safety valve is a component used to moderate pressure within a boiler. Faulty manufacturing or defective units can see sub-par valve units that can fail to regulate pressure build-up which can result in an explosion. Of course, knowing whether your valve unit is functioning correctly is not easy if you are not a professional domestic gas engineer. This is one of many reasons why it is so important to contract an annual boiler servicing package from a gas safe registered engineer.
In the average domestic setting, most boiler systems are stowed away in cupboards or closeted compartments so they are out of sight but still accessible. When boilers explode in this type of small space they project a huge amount of outward force as the explosive energy meets compartmental resistance. This results in brickwork, boiling water, fragments of wall, and door material being splintered outwards at high speeds causing serious injury to those in the vicinity.
In recent years a large number of boiler explosions incidents in the UK have been caused by decommissioned back boilers. This particular type of boiler is fitted at the rear of an open fireplace and absorbs the fire’s heat into a standard heat exchanger where water is heated and circulated throughout the property. When back boilers are decommissioned the water feed at the top is sealed off or ‘capped’ allowing no ventilation or circulation. The danger comes when residual moisture remains inside the chamber whilst the stove or open fire is used. A combination of the heat, moisture and lack of ventilation can result in colossal levels of steam pressure build-up against the boiler casing thus causing an explosion. All properly decommissioned back boilers must be fitted with a safety valve to regulate pressure build up. If you are concerned about the safe decommissioning of your back boiler be sure to contact a reputable boiler servicing company immediately.
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If you are searching the market for gas boilers Bristol your research may have thrown up a well-known debate over the use of either vented or unvented cylinders. These two systems operate very differently and as with most comparisons, the balance of pros and cons completely depends on your personal situation, set-up and preference. Our team of gas engineers at Taps-On Plumbing are seasoned experts and have experience in advising and installing a range of gas boilers Bristol.
When choosing between vented and unvented you should consider the following information and how it may work for you.
It’s hard to imagine the thought of living without central heating as it is considered bare basic essential in every house in the developed world. You might find it hard to believe that there was a time in history that reliable and effective central heating did not exist! Taps-on Plumbing has provided central heating installation Bristol for a number of years and take great pride in offering the latest in central heating technology which once upon a time was unthinkable. With autumn well underway, we have started to turn our radiators on due to the drop in temperature, in fact, the 1st of October is known as radiator day!
As we brace for the cold season and start to rely on our central heating to keep our homes warm and comfortable it’s very interesting to look back on the fascinating development of central heating as a concept through history.
At Taps-On Plumbing we have always remained committed to providing our customers with the most up to date energy efficient boilers on the market. As experienced specialists with years of Checkatrade approved work behind us, you can be confident that we only use high-quality boilers from the best manufacturers. If you are in need of a boiler replacement service then you may have questions around who the best boiler manufacturers are, the most suitable models and which boiler provides the most value for money. Searching for the most reputable boiler manufacturer can be confusing especially if you have not had a lot of experience in choosing boilers. We have decided to provide an overview of the best boiler manufacturers in the industry, so if you are looking for gas boilers Bristol look out for these brands:
We all know how important boilers are in making a home comfortable and providing hot water for basic sanitation. What we do tend to sometimes overlook is the fact that like every appliance, boilers will run into problems now and again especially as times goes on. Unfortunately, the average individual is not always able to spot the signs of ill boiler health. Not picking up on certain signs can result in a boiler’s health degrading to the point where it breaks completely and causes a huge sudden inconvenience. As providers of a high-quality Boiler Replacement Bristol, we have replaced many boiler units which have fallen into ill-health due to improper attention.
All boilers will age eventually and at some point you will need boiler replacement Bristol. In the meantime however, it is important to look out for the signs of boiler ill health:
All boilers should burn with a solid blue flame and never an orange/yellow flame as this indicates that the gas is burning with too much air and not completely combusting. There can be many reasons why your boiler flame burns yellow but the important thing to realise is that this is an indication that your boiler is producing harmful carbon monoxide which can fatally poison the occupants of your property. If your boiler is burning with a yellow flame then it is time to seek the help of a company that can provide professional boiler replacement Bristol. Aside from the severe health risks, when a boiler is not fully combusting it is not burning at an optimum high temperature and will therefore cost you more money.
Leaks are generally a tell-tale sign that there are loose pipe attachments/valves or compromised seals within the boiler. Aside from causing structural damage to your home such as wet rot or plastering problems, internal leaking runs the risk of short-circuiting the electrical components of your boiler that play a crucial part in monitoring the appliance functionality. Leaks are commonplace in very old boilers because the intensive day-to-day use can cause widespread corrosion in the unit’s pipework especially around the joinings. As it is often uneconomical to replace an entire piping interior of a boiler you will almost certainly need services for boiler replacement Bristol.
Banging noises otherwise known as ‘kettling’ can be a sign of serious trouble in the inner workings of your boiler and could indicate the presence of a larger problem. Depending on the extent of the problem there is a good chance that you might need to seek boiler replacement Bristol. Usually when boilers start to emit loud banging, clanging and clunking there is an issue with limescale blocking the heat exchanger. If the flow of water travelling through the exchanger is blocked by limescale, trapped water will start to boil and expand thus producing popping or banging noises. With excessive kettling, a boiler can become less energy efficient as it struggles to pump a steady flow of hot water into your system. If you live in a hard water area (where the mineral content of local water stocks is high) the risks of limescale issues in your heat pump is significantly raised. With research suggesting that 1 in 10 boilers is unsafe, we recommend that you give Taps-on a call if you are experiencing banging or clanging noises coming from your boiler. We will then inspect the problem and advise on the best options for boiler replacement Bristol if needed.
There are a number of reasons why you may be interested in services for central heating installation Bristol. You may be involved in a renovation project where a property has been stripped back and needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. Alternatively, it could be that your existing system is old, worn and needs a refit. More commonly, the majority of people searching for central heating installation Bristol are doing so because they want to make the transition from electric heating to gas. The benefits of this switchover are well founded as central heating is proven to be 3 to 4 times cheaper than electricity.
The three components of the central heating system are the boiler (this will heat the water), pipes (which will carry the heated water around the house) and the radiator system (which will provide heat to a respective area). If you are looking for central heating installation Bristol our friendly team can help advise on any of the following:
Boiler – As a highly reputable provider of central heating installation Bristol, the boiler is probably one of the most asked about components of the central heating system by customers. There are many different options for choosing a boiler which are detailed on our handy boiler guide page. If you are looking to install a system in a large household with multiple bathrooms then a conventional boiler is best suited as it can pre-heat large amounts of water for simultaneous use. The size of the boiler is also dictated by the size of your property and the typical demands for hot water in the building. Boiler sizes are usually rated in Kws and on average a detached house mostly uses a 30Kw model.
Pipes – The piping system will carry your hot water from the boiler to the where the heat is needed. The most common configuration is the double pipe system where hot water is pumped into a radiator through one pipe and then sent back through an output pipe to the boiler for reheating. This setup is usually more efficient than a single pipe system where hot water is pumped through a radiator and is then mixed back into the main pipe having been cooled down. This results in the next radiator further up the chain being fed cooler water from the main feed pipe.
Radiators – Choosing radiators is usually a very simple task. The main thing to consider is the size and insulation of the room as this will determine how much heating power you will need. From there you can then decide how many radiators you need and how big each radiator should be. You should also think about how you want to furnish the room and plan radiator placement accordingly. An example of why this is important is if you installed a radiator along the wall of a living room only for it to be totally covered by the back of a sofa, heat would be absorbed by the sofa and would not heat the room. If you are still not completely sure about the best radiator placement for your home, we would be happy to advise you on the matter along with anything else relating to central heating installation Bristol.
At Taps on Plumbing, we are highly experienced in central heating installations. We believe that every customer is unique so we take time to assess your heating requirements and then advise on the most suitable system for your property.
We will then safely install your new system to the highest standards.
If your boiler is in severe ill health the chances are that you will soon be looking for a new one as part of a replacement package service. The process of choosing a boiler rarely comes at a good time and let’s face it, having to suddenly replace a boiler is hardly a welcome event financially. Whilst the main focus would be to try and find the most competitive quote for boiler replacement, many of us overlook how vital it is to ensure that our installer is Gas Safe registered. Gas boiler installers Bristol come in many shapes and sizes but here at Taps On Plumbing, we insist on employing only the highest calibre gas engineers.
Condensing boilers work by perpetually burning mains gas to heat a circulating stream of water which is then pumped around a building via radiators to emit heat. If a boiler is not installed properly then there is a danger of combustible mains gas leaking from the unit and into the building. All boilers are also fitted with a “flue”, a term used to describe a pipe that channels away deadly carbon monoxide from the household as it is produced in the combustion process. If the flue is not installed correctly, your household could be exposed to deadly carbon monoxide gases. In addition, unsafe gas work can also cause fires and even explosions. If you want to hire the best gas boiler installers Bristol, Taps on plumbing are ready to help you today. We are a Checkatrade verified business so you can have full confidence and peace of mind that your installation will be safely carried out by professionals.
Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered – You can verify if your engineer is gas safe registered by searching the Gas Safe website. Alternatively, you can ring the Gas Safe helpline and confirm your engineer’s registration there. You can carry out a check by quoting or searching the 7 digit engineer licence number which can be found on the card.
Check that they are qualified to carry out your work – Even if your engineer is gas safe registered, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are qualified to carry out all types of work on every appliance. Check the back of your engineer’s card and make sure that the work that they are carrying out is listed as an up to date qualification (eg. for gas boiler installers Bristol, they must have the “gas boiler” qualification). No matter what work is being carried out, make sure that “pipework” is listed as an up to date qualification, this is the minimum safety qualification required for an engineer to carry out any work.
From day one Taps On Plumbing has been dedicated to delivering the safest boiler installations carried out by highly skilled professionals. This unwavering commitment to quality has won us the reputation as one of the most sought-after gas boiler installers Bristol.
Boiler replacement can be a daunting prospect as it’s not something that usually happens on a regular basis, therefore a lot of people are understandably confused about what kind of boiler or model they need. With the ability to browse online, the endless ocean of boiler models, sizes and types can be overwhelming.
If you are seeking boiler replacement in Bristol it’s important to remember that professional advice should always be sought in the first instance. The two most popular types of household boiler are the regular boiler and the combi boiler. Each of these boiler options serves a different need depending on your house size and hot water consumption requirements.
Combi boilers combine both the central heating and water heating functions together in a single package. Unlike regular boilers, they draw water from the mains system and heat it when whenever it’s needed. This means that there is no need for additional water storage cylinders which would have otherwise been stored in a loft or attic. Due to the amount of space this saves, combi boilers are usually the go-to option for smaller properties. As combi boilers only heat the water you use, they are often praised as being more economical. The limitations of a combi boiler come when there’s a simultaneous demand for hot water from multiple sources eg. someone having a shower upstairs at the same time as hot tap running downstairs. Combi boilers are great for providing on-demand hot water to one source at a time so it’s not an ideal option for a household with two bathrooms. If you are not sure whether or not a combi boiler is suitable for your home, Taps-on plumbing can bring to bear years of expertise and recommend the perfect boiler. For the best v in Bristol, think Taps-on plumbing!
Compared to a combi boiler, a regular boiler works in a more manual fashion in that it draws cold water from the mains and stores it into a storage tank. When the boiler is turned on, the cold water is drawn out and heated using gas fuel before being pumped into a separate hot water tank. The hot water is then pumped from this tank to wherever it is required eg. a hot tap or radiator. Owing to the fact that a large amount of water has been preheated (and is regularly topped up during usage) a regular boiler is perfectly suited for providing hot water to multiple sources at the same time. Regular boilers are usually found in large properties with multiple floors and more than one bathroom. One downside of regular boilers is the amount of space required for the boiler unit itself and both water tanks, this is why they do not make for a good choice in smaller properties and flats.
Whether regular or combi, Taps-on plumbing provide the highest professional standard of boiler replacement in Bristol and are ready to take your call. Get in touch on 07789992216 or fill out our book a boiler replacement now.
If you find yourself in the situation where you need a boiler (be it due to planned replacement or sudden breakdown) your chosen installation service needs to be fast, straightforward and professional. A boiler is the rock of a functioning home so without one, essential things like heating, showers or baths are off-limits. The bottom line is for normal service to be resumed as soon as possible. At Taps-on plumbing we are one of the leading companies for boiler installation in Bristol. After many years of helping happy customers, we know what makes a difference and we’d like to share with you the things to look for when it comes to replacing a boiler.
Replacing a boiler must be done correctly to the highest standard possible. If corners are cut and the fitting is even slightly incorrect, your home and the lives of your family could be put at serious risk. This is why the gas engineers who are carrying out the installation need to be correctly qualified and certified by a recognised national body. At Taps-on plumbing all of our engineers are qualified to the highest standard and are Gas Safe registered. This high standard has also earned us a verification from Checkatrade as a trusted supplier. In addition, we also have public liability insurance up to the sum of £2,000,000 in the unlikely event that an accident did happen.
When you decide to replace a boiler, you shouldn’t be made to wait for days and days. Your installer needs to come and assess what type of boiler you need and then arrange for installation as soon as possible. You’ll be reassured to know that due to our extensive list of experienced engineers, we can respond to any request promptly and provide you with a solution quicker than most boiler installation services in Bristol, Bath and the Southwest.
Unfortunately, There are some repair companies that dishonestly embed many hidden costs when contracted to carry out a boiler replacement. We have heard of contractors charging for overtime, extra labour and even additional parts. Boiler replacement can be fairly costly so you should never be charged for extras. When we provide you with a quote for replacement and installation, you will not pay a penny over the number we issue. If you require a quote for boiler installation Bristol, give Taps-on plumbing a call on 0117 911 8053 or fill out a form on our website.
Depending on the size of your house and heating configuration, there are many boiler options available. Changing boilers is not something that happens that often so unsurprisingly enough, many homeowners need guidance on what kind of boiler would be best suited for them. If you live in a flat and need a compact solution, we can advise on a range of great Combi boilers. Conversely, if your property has multiple bathrooms and uses lots of hot water simultaneously, then we can advise on the best types of conventional boilers for the job. For more information of the different types of boilers available, please go visit our boiler installation page.
At Taps-on plumbing we have had years of experience in providing safe boiler installation. Whether your boiler is on its last legs or has completely stopped functioning, we’ll advise on the most effective option and provide a high-quality installation.
Call Taps-on today on 0117 911 8053
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