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Advantages of Worcester Bosch Condensing Boilers

When it comes to Worcester Bosch Condensing Boilers, here at Mark Vernon Heating and Plumbing, we are experts. We know that your domestic heating, and your boiler are vital to day to day life. But what about condensing boilers? Is it worth upgrading to a condensing boiler? This is our guide to the advantages of Worcester Bosch Condensing Boilers.

Worcester Bosch Condensing Boilers

Condensing technology helps boilers be a lot more efficient than in previous years. This is because they make use of a heat exchanger of an increased size. The role of the heat exchanger is to turn the fuel into heat to power your central heating and hot water. However, it can also be used to recycle heat from waste gases produced. This means that Worcester Bosch Condensing Boilers are actually 90% efficient, turning 90% of fuel into heat. This is a much better conversion percentage than could be managed without the condensing technology.

Boiler Regulations

In fact, condensing technology is now used in all new boilers, and if you are installing a boiler into your home, it must be a condensing boiler, with very few special case exceptions. But why are condensing boilers necessary?

The advantages of condensing boilers

There are two huge advantages of Worcester Bosch Condensing Boilers, including:

  • Saving the environment- From bags for life to energy saving showers, world leaders and the general public are becoming more conscious of the plight of the environment than ever before. Condensing boilers produce much less waste, as it recycles much of the waste produced. As a result, they pour less gases into the atmosphere and help lower pollution. In addition, they also use less fuel to heat your home when compared to a non condensing boiler. This lowers the strain on our limited natural resources.
  • Money saving- It’s not just the environment your Worcester Bosch Condensing Boiler could be helping. It can also help out your wallet too. In fact, you could save up to £300 a year on your energy bills because of the condensing technology.

If you are looking for a Worcester Bosch Condensing Boiler to be installed, why not contact us at Mark Vernon today?

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Choosing a new 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.

What to consider when choosing a new Worcester Bosch Boiler

There are several things to consider when it comes to choosing a new Worcester Bosch Boiler. These include:

  • your budget
  • boiler type
  • boiler size
  • boiler installation location

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.

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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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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.

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Legal Gas and Boiler Requirements for Landlords

From boiler and gas appliance installation, right through to repairs and maintenance, Landlords have a range of legal requirements. Here at Mark Vernon we are Southport’s favourite plumbing, heating, and boiler specialists. As a result, we work with Landlords across the area to make sure that the legal gas and boiler requirements for Landlords are fulfilled.

Boiler and gas appliance installation

Landlords have a legal obligation to make sure that the gas engineer they hire is a qualified and registered professional. However, with around 7,500 gas fitters working illegally throughout the UK, and more than 250,000 gas related jobs implemented illegally, it would seem that many people just aren’t checking the credentials of their gas fitters. As a Landlord, this is even more risky as it means you are potentially breaking the law. As a result, you should always use gas safe registered engineers for any installation work you need.

Maintenance and Servicing

In addition, Landlords must ensure that all of the gas equipment is safe and regularly maintained. One of the easiest ways to do this when it comes to the boiler, is to implement an annual boiler service.

During a boiler service, a qualified and professional gas engineer will test your boiler on a range of settings and will also test for signs of wear and tear, and any potential problems.
The results of your boiler service will be recorded and dated. This is easily kept as part of your records, and can prove that you have met your legal responsibilities as a landlord.

Gas Safety

Furthermore, a gas safety check provides a similar service as an annual boiler service. However, a gas safety check tests all of your gas appliances such as fires and cookers. Again, any potential faults will be noted, and the appliances will be tested to ensure they are in full working order. This is another great way to make sure that you are meeting your legal obligations. Again, it does need to be conducted by a qualified and registered gas engineer.

In summary

Boiler installation, maintenance, and servicing is an essential aspect of the legal gas and boiler requirements for landlords. If you need any of these services, don’t hesitate to contact us Mark Vernon today, for a full and professional service.

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Signs that you need a new boiler installation

Replacing your boiler can be an expense you don’t want to think about. But most of the time, your existing boiler does reveal some key signs that it is ready to be replaced. Here at Mark Vernon Heating and Plumbing we are boiler experts, based in Southport. As a result, we have produced this guide to the signs that you need a new boiler installation.

A yellow flame

If your pilot light is consistently yellow or orange, this is not a good sign. As you know, the pilot light should always be blue to show it is burning at a very high heat.

However, a yellow flame is evidence that your boiler is not burning correctly, and could indicate that your boiler is actually emitting carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that is impossible to discover without a specialist carbon monoxide detector. As a result, it has been labelled as the silent killer. This is because carbon monoxide poisoning could be fatal.

As a result, if your boiler is burning with a yellow flame, make sure you contact a boiler expert and start looking at a new boiler installations.

Age and Lifespan

The average lifespan for a boiler to work effectively is 15 years. If your boiler is around 15 years old it may be time to start saving for a new one.

Advances in technology mean that our boilers are now more energy efficient and more capable than ever before. As a result, if you were to upgrade your boiler, you would no doubt save money on your gas bills. In fact, this can be up to £300 a year!

In addition, newer boilers are fitted with a lot more options and settings than older boilers. This means that you have more control over your heating and hot water, and you have new ways to manage these. Especially with new smart home options.

If your boiler is more than 15 years old, its time to start checking out new boiler installation options.

Boiler rating

New boilers are all provided with an energy rating from A to G. A is the highest possible energy ratings and indicates that the boiler is more than 90% efficient! At the other end of the scale, G is the lowest, and this indicates that boiler is less than 70% efficient. However, at 60% energy efficient, a lowest rating boiler could still be more energy efficient than a boiler over 15 years old.

In summary

There are many indicators that your boiler is past its best. If you have spotted any of the signs that you need a new boiler installation, contact us for a boiler installation at Mark Vernon Heating and Plumbing, Southport.

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Boiler installations

Here at Mark Vernon Heating and Plumbing, we are qualified and registered professionals, with a commitment to providing the best possible service. There is no job too big or too small for our team. When it comes to boiler installation, quality is not something you can afford to skimp on. As a result, we are the perfect team to install your new boiler. Here is our guide to what you can expect from a boiler installation.

Registered Professionals

It is essential that the gas engineer installing your boiler is registered with gas safe. This means they will carry a gas safe ID card. This will provide evidence that your engineer is who they claim to be, and is qualified to work with gas appliances.
In addition, it is a legal requirement for any engineer you hire to be registered with gas safe. It acts as proof that they are legally qualified to undertake the work required.
You can rest assured that we at Mark Vernon Heating and Plumbing are registered with gas safe.

Good customer service

Customer service is important to us. We strive to provide exceptionally high standards of customer service and we are dedicated to maintaining this. We aim to be friendly, approachable and helpful throughout the boiler installation. We will keep you up to date throughout the process and answer any questions you may have.

After the boiler installation

Once we have installed your boiler, we will be sure to clean up the area. We aim to leave your home as we found it as we know how disruptive it can be.
In addition, we will talk you through everything you need to know about the new boiler. We wont leave until you know all the details, including:

    • how to use the different boiler settings
    • how to alter the temperature
    • how to check the water level
    • how to check the pressure and reset this

We know that this is a really important part of installing a new boiler. Not only do you need to know how to use your boiler with confidence, you also need to be confident in your boiler maintenance.

If you require a boiler installation, contact the registered, qualified professionals at Mark Vernon Plumbing and Heating today.

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Winter is coming… so check your boiler!

The clocks have gone back, the temperatures are dropping and the Christmas adverts are hitting our screens.

Yes, winter is almost here and it’s time for your boiler to get used to the daily rigmarole of heating your property again. Before the cold snap really starts to hit, here are a few checks you should make now to ensure you aren’t left wanting later on in the season.

Check your heating

It might still be fairly mild where you live, but turn on the heating regardless, and check whether your radiators are still working properly and if your thermostat is heating to the prescribed temperature.

Get your boiler serviced

Even if everything seems fine and dandy in November, this might not be the case in the frozen depths of January. It’s a good idea to service your boiler at least once a year, and the best time to do that is before you’re likely to use it most. If you don’t, it could end up costing you more in the long run.

Bleed your radiators

If radiators are failing to warm, this could be because air needs removing, rather than the boiler itself needing maintenance.

If you have a pressurised system…

Ensure that pressure levels are within the recommended parameters, even when the system is not in use. If it’s too low, don’t worry: you can top it up. However, if pressure is too high, it’s best to call in a specialist.

If you have a condensing boiler…

Check that any pipes – especially those that run outside or through your loft – are sufficiently insulated against the cold. You won’t believe how many times we’ve been called out because pipes have been blocked up by ice, preventing boilers from working!

If your tired old boiler just isn’t up to the job of traversing another long, cold winter, get in touch with Mark Vernon Heating and Plumbing. Our Gas Safe Registered boiler installers can safely remove your old boiler and install a new, more energy-efficient combi model.

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If you’re looking for Worcester boiler installers in Southport, you’ll find no better experienced or qualified installer than Mark Vernon.

Mark Vernon Heating and Plumbing is pleased to be included on the national register of approved gas fitters, the Gas Safe Register. You may be more familiar with Gas Safe Register’s old name, CORGI. The law says that anyone working as a gas engineer in the UK must be a member of the register, which the public can search online. You can look us up on their website – our registration number is 204999.

Gas Safe Registered – a mark of certified safety

imgresBeing a plumber is not the same as being a Gas Safe engineer. A plumber must upgrade their skills and become a Gas Safe Registered Plumber if they also want to work on gas appliances. This means that we can complete not only basic plumbing work, but fitting and maintenance of gas appliances.

So what do you get when you employ an approved member of the Gas Safe Register? Obviously, you’re guaranteed a high standard of work. Approved members are regularly inspected by specialists from the Gas Safe Register while doing their work, and after the job is complete. They also have to prove that their qualifications are up-to-date, and that they’re aware of industry changes and new technologies. These qualifications have to be completed and passed every five years to keep Gas Safe accreditation.

The majority of gas fitters work in the domestic business, which means in homes rather than in businesses. They have to demonstrate competence in different areas of gas fitting before getting approval by the Gas Safe Register, so just because your gas fitter can work on a boiler, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’d be able to fit a gas fire for you.

All our employees have a Gas Safe Register ID card, which they’ll be happy to show you. On the back of the card, you’ll be able to see all the types of gas work which they are qualified to complete. Currently, our engineers are qualified to work on gas boilers, combustion analysis, cookers, gas fires, pipework, range cookers, and many types of water heating systems. With our qualifications and 25 years of experience, we’re ready to help with your plumbing or heating. Get in touch today to find out more.