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Magnetic Attraction

When installing a new boiler we at BeeXpress always include and install a magnetic filter at the same time.

It makes sense. The filter prevents magnetic and non magnetic debris from going into the boiler where it could corrode parts, block up pipes and scale up the heat exchanger. Although a Powerflush is done at the same time as the installation there will always be some debris left in the heating system and oxidisation will always occur over time inside the radiators. This causes rust to appear which just adds to the dirty sludge that is inside every heating system.

 

There are a number of magnetic filters on the market.

The best known is the Adey designed Magnaclean Professional 2. It’s the original filter and is very easy to fit. However in compact spaces or jobs with odd pipework it’s not the best on offer.

In these cases, we always use the Fernox Omega Filter. It has a fully brass body and can be installed any way needed so is ideal in every situation.

 

A magnetic filter can also be installed on old heating systems.

It makes even more sense to have a filter installed on an older boiler than on a new boiler. An old system will have a lot of sludge and debris in the radiators and pipework as well as inside the boiler. While it may still provide you with plenty of hot water and heating it will be costing you more every year to run. That’s because whenever debris is caught up inside the boiler it will need to work harder to heat up the same amount of water that it used to. By having a magnetic filter installed (and ideally doing a powerflush at the same time) you will be protecting the boiler from new debris which will reduce the cost of the gas bill every year.

When installing a filter on an older system we would need to drain the heating system as the filter is installed close to the boiler which is often on the ground floor. This type of job would most likely take around 2 hours to do and would be priced accordingly.

 

If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 8970 7489.

And don’t forget to check out our Which? Trusted Trader Page by heading to http://trustedtraders.which.co.uk/businesses/beexpress-plumbing-and-heating

Boiler Servicing

Yaaawn!! Everyone we speak to seems to know that they should have their boiler serviced but very few actually do it.

Think of it as going to the dentist for a check up. You don’t really want to but you know your teeth will last longer if you do. The dentist will let you know what you’re doing right or wrong and might even find a hole that needs to be filled. If your very lucky they’ll even give you a sticker.

A boiler service is done once a year and is not a legal obligation. Make sure you don’t confuse it with the annual landlord’s gas certificate which IS a legal obligation if you are renting out a house, flat or spare room in your own house.

A boiler service is just a clever idea. During the service we, at BeeXpress, will do a gas test to make sure there are no gas leaks (most companies will not do this during a boiler service). You might think you would smell a gas leak but that’s not always true especially when the gas pipe is running around the outside of the house.

Then we will take the casing off the boiler and do a visual check of the inside of the boiler. We are looking for obvious signs of leaking or blackening of the inside of the boiler which could be a sign of something going wrong.

Older boilers will be opened up fully and the heat exchanger will be swept clear. Newer condensing boilers will have the manual checked as the heat exchanger only needs to be opened every few years. Valliant and Worcester Bosch boilers often need a new seal when doing the full service which puts up the cost of the work being done.

Once the boiler is back together it is turned on full and measurements are taken on how much gas is being used and how much CO is being produced. Then these measurements are checked against the manual. If they are not within the correct parameters then we will adjust it to the correct readings.

Once it’s all been checked and everything has been tidied up we will issue documentation that you will sign and will be emailed together with the invoice.

 

If you want a boiler service then just call us on 020 8970 7489.

You can also check how well other people rank us by heading to http://trustedtraders.which.co.uk/businesses/beexpress-plumbing-and-heating

 

You can take this free Boiler Servicing check list that has been prepared by Which.

Boiler Servicing Checklist.pdf

Our Guide To Purchasing A New Boiler

Of course it’s not as exciting as buying a new car or some clothes but parting with your money to buy a new boiler is one of the most important purchases you’ll make in your home.

659514273_preview_16_The_Wasteland_Survival_GuideThere’s more than just picking a boiler because it looks the best or it’s the cheapest, you need to think about which one would be best for your home, how much will it cost to have it installed by a professional as well as the location it will be in.

We know how frustrating and complicated it can be but that’s why we’ve created this helpful guide.

What Boiler?

Well, pretty much all new or replacement boilers must be high efficiency condens
ing boilers that will help to reduce CO2 emissions by around 25% – not only do they help the environment, but they also save you around £300 a year.

Once you’ve chosen the boiler, you’ll have to determine which type of condensing boiler will best suit your home – Regular, System or Combi.

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Don’t worry! – This is all determined by the type of house or flat you live in. For example, if you live in a large family house with no space restrictions, you’ll most likely benefit from a regular or system boiler. However if you live in a small flat then you will need a combi boiler, but this decision will be made by the professional installing your new boiler.

Calling the Professionals:

Before you go out and buy the first boiler you see,  or the first deal you find online, we recommend getting more than 1 quote, perhaps three or four but no less than two!5900978_orig

If you’re getting more than one quote it will give you a much better understanding of what prices are go
od and who may just be after your money. It will also allow you to compare the professionalism and knowledge of each company, helping you to decide who the best person for the job is.

Getting Yourself Prepared:

We recommend that you give yourself a bit of preparation for when the engineer arrives. And by prepare I mean, make sure you have some answers to the endless questions that we have to ask before the installation process starts.

A good engineer will ask you various important questions about your current system and your lifestyle in order to determine what is likely to be the best central heating system for
your home.

Here are a couple of things to think about:

Where are you going to put the boiler? Will you leave it where the previous one was or pick a better place, if you’re unsure then ask for some professional advice from the engineer as they will know what works and what doesn’t.

phill-page-installing-a-new-condensing-boilerWhat and when do you use? For example, how busy is your household? Will there be a time when two people need to shower at the same time and how well did your old appliance cope?

How much are you going to spend? You should know just how much you’re looking to spend and d
on’t be tricked into spending more than you’re comfortable with. Don’t be afraid to ask what finance deals may be on offer to you.

Make Sure You Ask Questions:

Getting a new boiler installed is a big and sometimes can be an expensive job to do so be sure to ask as many questions as you can while they are there.

Remember, if you were buying a new car you would want to know everything about it, so why just stick with any old boiler?

Here are a couple of questions I recommend to ask:

  • asdsafsafAre they Gas Safe Engineers?
  • Do they offer an after sales service?
  • Will they provide a full written quote that itemises all of the parts used and the work undertaken?
  • Do they offer any warranties?

Don’t be shy, engineers are used to people asking questions so ask away!

So that’s our quick how to guide on selecting the perfect boiler and engineer.

Of course, all of this is something we are capable of doing for you, and with our Which? Trusted Traders status, you know that we are 100% qualified and trustworthy to do the job.

Get in touch with us if you are looking for a new boiler – https://www.beexpress.co.uk/