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Problems with your Worcester Bosch boiler

Here at Mark Vernon, we are Worcester Bosch boiler experts. And we install, maintain, service and repair these boilers around the region. But why do boilers experience problems? And what are some common problems you might encounter? Well, this is our guide to problems with your Worcester Bosch boiler.

Limescale

Hard water can play havoc with any boiler. This is because it contains particles of magnesium and calcium that are not found in soft water. As a result, when the water is heated within the boiler, the calcium bonds with the carbon dioxide to produce calcium carbonate, or limescale. This limescale can coat the pipes and the boiler, as well as the radiator, and makes it harder for your central heating system to work efficiently. In fact, your boiler might start to make rumbling noises, or whistling noises, like a kettle. To stop this from reoccurring, you could powerflush the system. This would remove lime-scale and return your boiler to full efficiency.

Lack of pressure

A boiler that has a lack of pressure, will struggle to push the water around your central heating system. This means that your radiators will not heat up as much, and neither will your water. A drop in pressure can be caused by a water leak somewhere in your central heating system, and this means that you might need to hire a professional to take look and identify the source of the issue. They will also show you how to re-pressurise the system.

Lack of Heat or Hot Water

Finally, your boiler may stop producing heating,or hot water, completely. Usually one or the other will cause a problem, and sometimes the issue will be with the central heating system itself, rather than the boiler. For example, if you have hot water but no heating, your radiators may need bleeding. However, it is impossible to identify the issue without  a professional opinion.

If you experience any problems with your Worcester Bosch boiler, contact the experts today, here at Mark Vernon.

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Where to install your Worcester Bosch Boiler

Here at Mark Vernon, we are heating and plumbing experts, with Worcester Bosch boilers being our area of expertise. From repair and maintenance, to installing new boilers, we are the team you can rely on. But before you install your new boiler, you need to know where to put it. And there are some things to consider. As a result, we have produced this guide to help you decide where to install your Worcester Bosch boiler.

Strength of the wall

A boiler with a tank full of water can be very heavy. So whichever wall you plan on fixing your boiler too, it needs to be strong enough to cope. So a plasterboard partition wall for example may not be suitable.

Air vents

Most new combination boilers do not need to be kept cool with an air vent. This is because of the efficiency of the boiler. As a result, your boiler may not need to be stored in a place with an air vent to perform well.

Frost protection

Many homeowners decide to install the boiler in the garage of the outhouse. This can be a great idea, but you need to make sure your boiler is protected from frost. This is because the temperatures will be lower in the garage and this can increase the risk of freezing pipes.

Bathroom installations

Boilers can be installed effectively in bathrooms although there are additional,specific building regulations and wiring regulations you will need to meet.

The flue and the pipes

In addition to the boiler, there are regulations that govern the placement of the flue and the pipes.

In regards to the flue, there are minimum distances that you will need to adhere to. And wherever you choose to install the boiler, the flue is not allowed to be too close to windows, buildings or air bricks.

 

 

For any help and advice, contact us at Mark Vernon Heating and Plumbing today.

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Worcester Bosch condensing boilers

When it comes to your commercial or domestic heating, your boiler is an essential choice. That’s why we at Mark Vernon Heating and Plumbing say that you should go with a brand leading manufacturer, like Worcester Bosch. But once you have decided on a brand, you also need to choose the right type of boiler. Many new boilers are now condensing boilers, and this might be different to the boiler you are replacing. But you will find a huge range of benefits when it comes to swapping to one of the Worcester Bosch condensing boilers.

What is a condensing boiler?

So, if you are looking to replace your boiler, why should you consider a Worcester Bosch condensing boiler? Well, a condensing boiler has a much larger heat exchanger than a traditional boiler. This means that when your boiler burns fuel, and waste heat energy is produced, instead of releasing this heat energy, it is instead passed back through the system. As a result, a condensing boiler draws as much energy from the waste products as possible. This energy efficient method of heating means that a condensing boiler can actually recycle 90% of the heat that would otherwise be wasted.

The advantages of condensing boilers

There are several advantages of purchasing a Worcester Bosch condensing boiler. These include:

  • helping the environment
  • saving money

The environment

An energy efficient boiler draws much less energy from our limited natural resources, and this means that a condensing boiler can lower your carbon footprint. In addition, a condensing boiler also releases a lot less waste when compared to an older, traditional boiler. Because much of the waste is recycled, a condensing boiler is much cleaner for the environment.

Cost Efficiency

A boiler that draws more heat from recycled energy will help you save money as you will need to use less fuel to heat your home. As a result, installing a new Worcester Bosch condensing boiler could save you £300 a year on energy bills!

For more information or advice about your new boiler installation, get in touch with the experts today, here at Mark Vernon Heating and Plumbing.

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Choosing your Worcester Bosch Boiler

Choosing a new Worcester Bosch boiler can be overwhelming, with the huge range of choice available. Not to mention the variety of unfamiliar terminology and the pressure of getting the right boiler for your home. However, here at Mark Vernon heating and plumbing, we are Worcester Bosch boiler experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to choosing your Worcester Bosch boiler.

Budget

When it comes to choosing your Worcester Bosch boiler, make sure you have a budget outlined. And dont forget that you may need extra to cover the installation and servicing of your new boiler. While some new boilers can set you back more than £4000, others may only cost around £1000. Shop around for the best deal, and only look for boilers in your price range.

Know your Worcester Bosch Boiler types

Worcester Bosch boilers are available in a range of options. From conventional boilers that need a hot water storage tank, to the compact combination boiler, you have a number of options. Do your research before you start shopping and make sure you know which type of boiler would best suite your needs. As a result, your boiler search will be easier and more focused.

Know your Worcester Bosch Boiler Sizes

Available in a variety of sizes, different size boilers service different size homes. As a result, it is important that you choose the right size boiler for your home. A boiler too large could be wasting gas, while a boiler too small won’t be able to heat your property. Why not contact the professionals for help or advice? We are always happy to help, here at Mark Vernon Heating and Plumbing.

Decide on the Boiler Position

The final step is to decide on the boiler position. A new boiler installed in the existing boiler space tends to be cheaper, as the pipework is already in place. However, this is not a suitable decision for all homes, and you will need to decide where your boiler is best to be placed.

For more information or advice about choosing your Worcester Bosch boiler, get in touch today.

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Choosing the right size Worcester Bosch combination boiler

Choosing the right boiler size is necessary to ensure that your home will be kept warm and supplied with hot water. A boiler that is too small will struggle to warm your radiators, but a boiler that is too large, will then be wasting fuel. So while it is essential to get it right, it doesn’t have to be a challenge. Here at Mark Vernon, we are leading Worcester Bosch boiler experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to choosing the right size Worcester Bosch combination boiler.

The number of radiators

One of the boiler’s principal roles is to provide heat to your homes radiators. And you need to be able to control this heat so that your home will stay the perfect temperature. This means that your boiler needs to be have a large enough power output to force the hot water, or steam, around your central heating system, and warm each of your radiators equally. As a result, the more radiators your home has, the larger the boiler you will need.

The amount of bathrooms

Similarly, it is also the combination boilers role to provide hot water on demand. In a combination boiler there is no hot water storage tank. This means that when the hot water tap is switched on, the boiler will heat the water immediately, and be able to push this around the system. As a result, if there is more than one bathroom, you will need a larger boiler to be able to provide the necessary hot water.

Amount of people in your home

Finally, the number of people in your home can also determine the size of the boiler that is necessary. This is because the more people in your home, the larger the demand for hot water. While a one person household will only need one shower or bath daily, a four person household will need four. This is a lit more hot water and places a higher demand on the boiler itself. As a result, a home with more people will need a larger boiler.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the Worcester Bosch boiler experts, here at Mark Vernon.

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Heating your home for less this winter

Here at Mark Vernon Heating and Plumbing, we are Worcester Bosch boiler specialists. Now the weather has turned, and with Christmas just around the corner, your boiler is more important than ever. Heating your home is essential to your daily life this winter, but that doesn’t mean you need to pay over the odds for heating. This is our guide to heating your home for less this winter.

Worcestor Bosch Boiler Servicing

The first step to make sure that your heating doesn’t cost too much this winter is to get your boiler serviced. This is because a boiler service tests the efficiency of the boiler, and as a result, can ensure that the boiler is working to its best possible capacity. As such, it would use less fuel, and cost less money to run, saving you money on your heating bills. It also has the added benefit of ensuring that your boiler wont fully breakdown this winter.
If you are part of a boiler plan, you can even get your boiler serviced for free. Here at Mark Vernon, we are boiler servicing experts. So if your Worcester Bosch Boiler needs servicing, look no further.

The thermostat

As soon as the temperature outside drops, it can be second nature to reach for the thermostat. However, constantly turning your thermostat up and down is not a good energy saving option, and can instead cost you more over the winter. In contrast, keeping your thermostat set to a slightly warmer, steady temperature, somewhere between 19 and 21, can actually be more beneficial. Your boiler will not have to work as hard to maintain a warmer temperature in your home, and so, it will not be turning on and off regularly. This means it will use less fuel, saving you money on your heating bills.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at Mark Vernon Heating and Plumbing.

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Worcester Bosch Boilers and hard water

When it comes to your boiler, good maintenance is the key to a long lifespan. This means being aware of any changes in your boiler behaviour, or in your central heating system. As leading Worcester Bosch boiler experts, we regularly tackle boilers that are suffering from the effects of hard water. Here at Mark Vernon, we have produced this guide to Worcestor Bosch Boilers and hard water.

What is hard water?

Hard water is simply water that also contains dissolved magnesium and calcium ions. These dissolve into the water from different rock types, which is why different parts of the country have different levels of hard and soft water. In the North West, the water is often moderately hard. But what does this means for your boiler?

Boilers and hard water

Because of the additional ions, hard water can be damaging to not only your boiler, but your central heating system as a whole. This is because, when the water is heated, the ions are left behind, bonding to become calcium carbonate. More commonly known as limescale. This limescale can be damaging to your boiler, your pipes, and your radiators.

Inside your boiler, limescale can cling to the heating element, and prevent your boiler from heating the water efficiently. As a result, your boiler will need to use more fuel, and more energy, to heat your home. This will cause a rise in your bills, and can out additional strain on your boiler.

Hard water also effects your pipes. Pipes that have a calcium carbonate build up cannot conduct the heat properly, and also have restricted access for the gas and water to flow through. As a result, your home will not be heated as quickly as it used to be, and again, your boiler will need to work harder to power your home.

Finally, hard water also builds up in your radiators. This means that cold spots will develop inside your radiator, and your home will not feel as warm as usual.

If you notice any cold spots, or hear any whistling or rattling noises from your boiler or pipes, contact a professional team, like us here at Mark Vernon.

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Considerations for different boiler types

Here at Mark Vernon, we are Worcester Bosch boiler experts. From installation to repairs and maintenance, we have a wealth of experience and knowledge relating to Worcester Bosch boilers. And when it comes to choosing a new boiler, you need to know that you are making the right decision. This includes choosing between the boiler types. As a result, we have produced this guide to the considerations for different boiler types.

Boiler Types

There are three different boiler types that all have different advantages and disadvantages. The three different boiler types include the conventional boiler, the combination boiler, and the middle ground, the system boiler.

Boiler storage

Each of the different types of boiler uses a different storage method.

A combination boiler uses no storage at all, and simply heats the hot water as and when necessary to power either the central heating system or the hot water system. This means that there are no cumbersome storage tanks, and a lot less pipework running throughout your home.

In contrast, a conventional boiler uses two storage tanks. One to keep the hot water cylinder topped up, and the other to provide hot water for the central heating system. This takes up a lot more space than a combination boiler but it does have its advantages.

Hot water and multiple taps

Although conventional boiler might take up more room, they can also provide hot water in multiple places at the same time. The kitchen and the bathroom for example, or multiple bathrooms. So, if you have a large household with multiple bathrooms, you would benefit from the instant hot water in more than one place a time.

In contrast, as a combination boiler heats water directly from the mains, it can only be directed to one tap at a time. So you cant have a hot shower while someone is washing the pots downstairs for example. However, the combination boiler does offer better water pressure (in general) because it is heating straight from the mains.

If you need more help or support deciding on your new boiler type, or for professional installation, why not contact us at Mark Vernon today?

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Worcester Bosch Boiler Servicing

Here at Mark Vernon Heating and Plumbing, we work across Stockport, installing and servicing Worcester Bosch boilers. But what is a boiler service and what does it entail? Well, this is out guide to Worcester Bosch boiler servicing.

Firstly what is a boiler service?

A boiler service for any boiler can only be carried out by a professional and registered gas engineer. However, if you have a Worcester Bosch boiler, you want to make sure your engineer is a Worcester Bosch specialist. A boiler service with us will include:

  1. Removing the outer casing of the boiler so that we can take a look and check over the internal components. We will test each of these individually for signs of wear and tear, as well as damage and functionality.
  2. A gas pressure check, to make sure that your boiler is operating at the correct pressure, and maintaining this pressure whilst working, throughout its range of functions. This will also help us to establish that there is no gas leaking from the system
  3. Testing the flue system and checking for blockages and emissions levels.
  4. Fully cleaning all of the parts including the internal components to remove any dust or debris that can be a leading cause of boiler issues

After the boiler service, we will put together your boiler, and leave your space as clean and tidy as we found it. Here at Mark Vernon we pride ourselves on our friendly and professional customer service. As a result, we will talk you through all of the actions we have taken and provide you with clear documentation detailing all of the tests we have undertaken, and the results.

If we do find any faults or there are necessary repairs to make, we will talk you through any of these and together we can prepare to make repairs as necessary. Repairing any faults can help to prevent a full boiler breakdown.

For more information or advice about your Worcester Bosch Boiler Servicing, contact us today.

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Choosing the right size Worcester Bosch boiler for your home

When it comes to choosing a new boiler, there are a lot of decisions to be made. From choosing Where to position the new boiler, to researching which rating is the most important, finding and installing a new boiler can be a challenge. However, choosing the right size boiler is a fairly easy decision, once you know the rules. Here at Mark Vernon Heating and Plumbing we are Worcester Bosch boiler installation experts. As a result we have produced this guide to choosing the right size Worcester Bosch boiler for your home.

How many people will your boiler be serving?

The first thing to consider is the amount of people that will need access to heating and hot water in your property. Two showers a day uses much less hot water than four. As a result, if you live in a large family home you may need a larger boiler to provide more hot water at a time.

How large is your house?

The second thing to bear in mind when it comes to choosing the right size Worcester Bosch boiler for your home is the size of your house. This is because a larger house may well have multiple bathrooms, and will definitely have more radiators. The more radiators there are in a property the larger the boiler will need to be.

Right size guide

Worcester bosch boilers can be split into three sizes.

24-27kw- this size boiler is great for flats and small homes with less than 10 radiators and only one bathroom.

28-34kw- this size boiler is perfect for a larger home with 3-4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and up to 15 radiators.

35-42kw- Perfect for very large homes and hotels with multiple bathrooms and more than 20 radiators.

If you need more help choosing the right size Worcester Bosch boiler for your home contact the experts at Mark Vernon today.