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be a build up of black sludge, which can drastically reduce the efficiency of you system. The first signs of this are very


black water in the system, and radiators that heat up unevenly, often cold in the middle, and struggling to heat the house. A good heating engineer can


inspect the system and radiators, and if necessary flush the system with a power flushing machine cleaning the system and treating with chemicals to protect against corrosion in the future in the future . Finally to maximize efficiency


all the radiators valves should be checked for leaks, and correct operation, and the air bled from the top of radiators. Any exposed pipes should be


lagged (especially in the loft), and system pressure should checked. Minor leaks can be stopped by adding leak sealer


to system


Is your boiler ready for winter?


Plumbing and heating engineer Steve Marshall asks whether your home is ready for the winter months.


how efficient your home heating is and whether the system it is ready for the winter months is often asked The first thing to consider


A


is the age and condition of not just your boiler but your entire heating system. The last thing you want as


the temperatures drop outside is to have an unreliable boiler or system that could let you down. If your boiler is over 15


years old you should consider replacing it with a new more efficient condensing boiler. Recent technical improvements mean that modern condensing ones are much more durable and reliable. Manufacturers Viessmann are so confident


in their new boilers they offer a five year


s the colder weather approaches the question of


parts and labour guarantee and a ten year guarantee on the heat exchanger if installed by an approved installer. At SJ Marshall’s we are


carrying on a family tradition that started in 1947 and with generations of experience behind us, ensuring the right system is installed is of paramount importance. If your boiler is a modern


efficient boiler you should make sure the boiler has been serviced by a qualified Gas Safe (formally Corgi) registered gas engineer. He will be able to check your


boiler is safe and not leaking potentially dangerous


carbon


monoxide gas. Also check the efficiency to ensure the burner is clean and correctly set up, and not using more gas than necessary. An experienced installer can


07836 718 471 stephenmarshall@blueyonder.co.uk


check your existing heating controls


are allowing valves


system to run efficiently. Adding new thermostatic


radiators, a cylinder stat, or programmable


your on thermostats


can help maintain comfortable temperatures in your house and cut the amount of gas you use. If your system has not been correctly installed, or


treated


with inhibiter (a chemical that stops the internal corrosion of pipes and radiators) there could


registered fitter


water. If an open tank system, water levels should be checked in the tank, ball valve operation checked, and also make sure the tank has a lid and is insulated. If you use a local heating


engineer to service or improve your system in the unlucky event that your system should fail you will have someone local who you Know and can trust to call out and repair your system. For those over the age of 60 you


could be entitled a £300 Warm Front grant when you have a new boiler installed providing you use an Eager registered installer. If you have a new boiler fitted before the end of the year you will also beat the VAT increase. For any further information or


if you have concerns about your heating system call SJ Marshall and ensure you are ready for the winter months.


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