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Is Your Boiler Making Noise? Diagnose Your Noise and Learn How to Fix It

Boilers are notoriously known for making all types of noises including banging, chugging, vibrating, gurgling, and tapping. All these noises can come from your boiler. It’s very likely that your boiler is on its way out or needs a good boiler service. There may be blockages, limescale, low water pressure or overheating. Ensure you get a Gas Safe engineer to assess your boiler as they will give you an accurate assessment and next steps.

If your boiler is making a variety of concerning noises or your pipes sound usually loud. This is your boiler’s way of telling you something is wrong. It’s important to get down to the root of the matter quickly. In this guide, we will explain the variety of noises your boiler can make and how to diagnose these sounds before they become a large problem warranting a large repair bill!

Common Reasons For a Noisy Boiler

  • Low Water Flow and Pressure
  • Limescale Build Up
  • Overheating
  • Central Heating Sludge and Build Up
  • Air Lock in Boiler Pump
  • Covered, Blocked, Or Faulty Heat Exchanger
  • Faulty Thermostat

1. You Need to Identify Where The Noise Coming From

This may seem like a strange first step but within your home noises can come from a variety of places. Common places would be your radiator or your pipes. Creaks and cracks can be perfectly normal coinciding with temperature changes.

2. Listen to The Types of Noises Your Boiler is Making

In this step, you need to listen to the type of noise your boiler is making. If you are hearing loud concerning noises it could be time to call a professional Gas Safe engineer.

Gurgling Noises

Gurgling sounds are quite common in your radiator, usually, this is due to trapped air in the system or the frozen condensate pipe. It’s important to keep note if the noises become more frequent and loud as this will need to be investigated. There are simple fixes that can be carried out at home yourself, depending on the issue and severity.

  • Check if your system needs bleeding
    It’s likely there is trapped air in the system causing the gurgling. By bleeding your radiators you can release this air. If this is not rectified quickly, over time, the trapped air in your radiator can lead to further damage. Click the link to find out more about bleeding your radiator.
  • Check if your pipes are frozen
    Your boiler condensate pipe sometimes can be outside. It tends to be a white overflowing pipe. If this is frozen, then it could cause gurgling noises. Try to thaw the pipe with warm to hot water, not boiling.
  • Check if you have low water pressure
    Check the pressure gauge on your boiler usually if the pressure gauge is below 1 this could indicate the gurgling noise is because of this. Ensure to check your user manual to give accurate instruction on how to increase the water pressure.

Loud Banging

Loud banging on your boiler can indicate a build of debris, causing a blockage or impeding the natural water flow. Another reason may be because of a faulty thermostat. Either way, in this situation you will need a qualified Gas Safe engineer to manually clean the boiler parts or perform a power flush

Vibrating Noise

If your boiler is making loud vibrating noises, then this could possibly be because of loose brackets attached to the boiler. Tightening these brackets may solve this problem. If you still hear the vibrating contact a Gas Safe engineer to support you with the next steps as they may be an underlined issue.

Whistling/ Kettling

It may sound odd but your boiler can make a whistling sound or as some people call it a kettling noise. This is because it sounds like a kettle and one of the main reasons for this sound is because there is a build-up of limescale on the boiler heat exchanger. Limescale is the build-up of calcium deposits and this is especially common with pipework. When limescale builds up it can restrict the flow of water.

As a result of this water can get trapped in the boiler heat exchanger which can cause the boiler to overheat, generate steam, and expand. This process causes the whistling noise. Additional reasons for the kettling or whistle sound could be because debris and dirt are stuck within the heat exchange or pumps. This can also cause your boiler to have to work harder reducing its efficiency and lifespan costing you more in energy bills.

Banging

If you find when you turn on your hot tap you are hearing banging, this could be because your boiler is overheating. It could be you have a faulty thermostat or your thermostat is completely broken and not able to communicate effectively to the boiler. If the thermostat is broken the burners may stay on longer than they should, this can cause your heat exchanger to overheat and cause steam bubbles to form. Try turning off your boiler and cooling down the system then restart your boiler. If this does not work, then it’s time to call a Gas Safe registered engineer.

Get Help to Fix Your Noisy Boiler

Here at Origin, we place customer satisfaction at the forefront of what we do. Our reviews speak volumes. If you are still experiencing problems don’t hesitate to contact us. All our heating engineers are Gas Safe registered and are able to rectify any problems. We are able to examine your boiler and give you realistic next steps to get optimum heating back into your home.

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Central Heating Power Flush Glasgow

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What is a power flush you may ask? A power flush is a physical device used by an engineer. It is a cleaning procedure for your heating system to remove any dirt, rust, sludge or debris that may have accumulated within your boiler over time. The aim of a power flush is to improve the heating systems circulation, and in turn, becomes more efficient and ultimately saves you money. It is highly advisable to get a power flush if you are getting your boiler replaced, especially if your heating system is over five years old.

How Long does a Power Flush Take?

Getting your central heating power flushed will take several hours as it is a time consuming process. It may take longer depending on how much sludge there is or if it is a bigger system. Allowing a full day will be enough to get all the work done.

The Benefits of Power Flushing

After a power flush, you will notice the benefits straight away. Here are the top 5 benefits of getting your heating system power flushed:

  • The cleaner flow of hot water can reduce boiler and pipe noises
  • Your heating bills will go down
  • Your house will be warmer
  • Your boiler repairs will be cost-effective
  • Your radiator repairs will also be inexpensive
  • Your boiler water will be cleaner

How Do You Know if You Need a Power Flush? 

Below are 7 warning signs to look out for:

  • A noisy boiler
  • Constant boiler breakdowns
  • Cold spots on your radiators
  • Only the top of your radiator is hot
  • Little or no hot water
  • Dirty water visible when bleeding radiators
  • Your heating system take too long to warm up

It is important to note that even if you are not experiencing any of the problems listed above, there can still be issues with your boiler like a gathering of dust and debris. It is important to have your annual boiler inspection yearly to prevent a need for a powerflush. It is recommended that you get a power flush every 5 years to ensure its durability.

Can Power Flushing Damage Pipes or Cause Leaks?

Powerflushing cleans inside your heating systems so pumps or valves cannot damage them. Their design keeps the pressure stable in your system which makes power flushing highly efficient. Having a power flush is highly efficient. However, if you have an old boiler (15 years or more) it cannot mend broken valves caused by sludge in the system which means a power flush might not work for you. If you begin to notice any symptoms mentioned above with your boiler, contact us at Origin, and one of our Gas Safe engineers in Glasgow will get a power flush done to avoid more expensive problems to repair or replace.

How to Power Flush Your Central Heating System

Using a powerfush is one way to clean out the sludge from your heating system, another way is to take every radiator off one at a time and flush it yourself.

First of all, turn your heating off and let your radiators cool down before you begin. Cover your floors with towels or sheets to keep them clean for when you get rid of the sludge and dirty water. Next, turn both valves off by twisting it clockwise, use a spanner to help you. Open the bleed valve to eliminate any air pressure. It is useful to place a bucket underneath to avoid any sludge spillage. Then loosen the nut on the valve and let the dirty water and sludge out of the other side of the radiator. Now that you have drained the radiator, close the bleed valve with your bleed key. Now you have done these steps, you should be able to remove the radiator easily. We advise you to take the radiator outside near a drain to flush as it can get very messy. Make sure to cover the inlets whilst moving the radiator. Now it’s time to flush the radiator. Attach the hose pipe to the valve inlet and turn the tap on full force for a good flush. Clean water should be visible flushing through the radiator and with all the sludge with it. Now you can reconnect your radiator and re-tighten the valves. Then check the boiler pressure. The boiler pressure should be between 1 and 1.5. If it is below one you will need to repressurise the system. Now you should be left with a sludge-free radiator, good job!

Contact Us 

Here at Origin, we understand the importance of having a safe and reliable boiler. All of our engineers are Gas Safe Registered and are highly trained to get the job done. Contact us on 0141 432 0010 or email [email protected] to get a quote for your power flushing system in Glasgow, we are happy to talk you through it and get a quote sent to you.

Legionella Risk Assessment Glasgow

Legionella is a term used to describe a harmful form of pneumonia through inhalation of small contaminated droplets of water. It infects a person’s lungs and can lead to flu-like symptoms. The bacterial disease thrives in water systems, especially in domestic water supplies in the UK. This includes showers, taps, whirlpool baths, and hot tubs. It should be reviewed for a minimum of two years, more complex systems would require more frequent check-ups such as every three months. Here at Origin, we understand the importance of taking the necessary precautions to avoid health risks. We offer both plumbing and heating services across Glasgow and take pride in our services.

What is a Legionella Risk Assessment?

Any building in Glasgow that has a private water supply must conduct a legionella risk assessment. A legionella risk assessment is a legal requirement executed by a landlord who identifies potential hazards from the exposure of legionella through the water system. They will review your current and previous records to ensure that all maintenance has been acted on.

How to Test Legionella in Water

Two main methods are used to test legionella in water: swab and bottle. The swab can be used by collecting a surface sample using a sterilised swab. The bottle method, however, is more commonly used. This is done by gathering water and using them as samples. Here at Origin, we can perform the initial legionella risk assessment, to put your mind at ease with a frequent water testing regime. Leave it to the experts, we won’t let you down.

How Can Legionella be Prevented?

Now that you are familiar with what a legionella risk assessment is, it is important to understand how to take appropriate control measures to ensure lower risk levels. For the majority of hot and cold water systems, temperature control is most important. This is done by simply keeping hot water hot and cold water cold and keeping it circulating. Other control measures to minimise the risk include:

  • Frequent cleaning
  • System flushing before letting the property
  • Hot water storage
  • Access to water tanks and pipework
  • Avoid debris entering the system (cold water tanks that have a tightly fitted lid)
  • Installing water heaters including combi boilers and electric showers

Who is at Risk of Legionella?

Everyone with a private water system is at risk of contracting legionella. However, elderly people are more at risk if they get in contact with the disease through inhalation, as well as current or former smokers and people who take drugs. People with weaker immune systems are more at risk and therefore, need to ensure that their water system is safe to use.

What Are the Symptoms of Legionnaires Disease

A couple of symptoms to look out for if you contract the disease are:

  • A high temperature
  • Constantly coughing
  • Having difficulty breathing
  • Chest or muscle pains
  • Headaches

Can Anyone Complete A Legionella Risk Assessment?

No, it has to be done by a specialist, usually a landlord, as they are in charge of the premises and is responsible for managing the health and safety procedures. This is usually done by someone highly experienced and knowledgeable.

How Often Should You Have A Legionella Risk Assessment?

A legionella assessment should be conducted at least once every two years. However, in certain circumstances, it can be required sooner by law. For example, if there is suddenly a high risk in your area, the risk assessment will be brought forward.

Contact Us

At Origin, we are here to make sure your drinking water is safe. It is important to organise an annual legionella risk assessment if you have a private water supply. If you are unsure and inexperienced we would advise you to contact us straight away and let the professionals take up the responsibility. It pays to speak to the experts. If you have any queries about your risk assessment outcomes, do not hesitate to give us a call on 0141 432 0010 or via email at [email protected] We are committed to providing our customers across Glasgow with high-quality service. We are highly professional and we will make sure that your risk assessment, cleaning, and testing regime meets all HSE requirements. We provide helpful information to prevent things such as legionella.

Simple Tips to Prepare Your Boiler For Winter

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Your boiler system breaking down during the winter months can be a massive inconvenience to you and your family. There are maintenance measures you can implement to try and stop this from happening. With the efficiency and practicality of modern boilers. However, ensuring you are taking care of them properly will prevent any expensive potential breakdown that will result in a  repair or replacement needed for your central heating system.

Here at Origin, our Gas Safe engineers are highly trained and experienced in all aspects of emergency plumbing. If you experience a boiler breakdown, call Origin to get your issue fixed quickly and efficiently.

Booking a Boiler Service

Most plumbing companies advise an annual service. You will often need to keep a log of this to comply with your warranty. Boiler servicing involves checking and cleaning all the parts of your system. Any faulty parts that are affecting the boiler’s work efficiency should be replaced. Giving your system a thorough clean should help to remove and prevent any blockages that could affect the efficiency of your heating. A good hack is to book this service before the winter months so that you can fix any underlying potential issues before they cause a breakdown. Having your boiler serviced before the winter months should ensure that your system runs smoothly during the colder period of the year.

Checking Your Boiler Pressure

If your boiler pressure becomes too low, this can affect its efficiency. The gauge on your boiler will give you a pressure reading. Between 1 and 1.5 is the recommended pressure reading for maximum efficiency. If your pressure reading is too low, you’ll need to use the taps on your boiler to raise the pressure to the recommended reading. If your pressure is too high, you’ll need to use the taps to reduce the reading. It’s better to aim for the lower end of the scale as pressure will rise slightly as your system heats itself up.

Bleed Your Radiators

If air has become trapped in your radiators, warm water can be prevented from circulating your system effectively. A good indication that this has happened is your radiators being cold at the top, but warm at the bottom. To resolve this problem, you will need to bleed your radiators.

To do this you will need a radiator key and a clean cloth or towel.

Bleeding Your Radiators – Step by Step

  1. Turn off your heating. If left on, you may get hot water spraying out of your radiators.
  2. Use the radiator key to turn the valve on the top of your radiator. Attach the key to the groove in the center of the valve and turn anti-clockwise. You should hear a hissing sound as any trapped air escapes from the radiator. Use your cloth to clean any excess water that leaks out.
  3. When the hissing stops and there is only water leaking out, retighten the valve by turning clockwise.
  4. Once these steps are completed and the valves have been tightened, turn your central heating back on.
  5. Check the pressure of your radiators by checking the reading from the gauge on your boiler. Bleeding your radiators can cause the pressure to drop. If the pressure has become too low, you’ll need to top it up. To do this use the lever tap on your boiler.
  6. Check your radiators to make sure they are heating up properly.

Keep it Running

Engineers advise turning your boiler on and letting it run for 10-15 minutes regularly in the months before colder weather periods. Your boiler can lose pressure over time which can cause operating issues. Keeping it active during these months will help to prevent this. Switching your system on will also help ensure all parts are working properly and highlight any potential repairs.

Insulate Your Pipes

Standing water in your pipes can freeze during the winter months, causing blockages resulting in pipes bursting. You can use tepid water to unfreeze pipes by pouring it over them. Do not use boiling water as this can cause further damage. A great way to prevent frozen pipes is to insulate them. Most reputable engineers will offer a pipe insulation service and will be able to advise you how this will help your system and if it’s necessary. Pipes becoming faulty could result in a complete system repiping, which can be costly and time-consuming and not an ideal situation to be in over the winter.

Here at Origin, our engineers are Gas Safe registered and highly experienced in boiler installations and repairs and emergency plumbing. If you require a gas safe engineer in Bearsden, Burnside or surrounding Glasgow areas, contact Origin today.

Simple Tips to Prepare Your Boiler For Winter

Gas Safety Week

Gas Safety Week

Gas Safety Week: 13th – 19th September 2021

Being Gas Safe is important all year round. It isn’t always a households top priority, but it should be. Gas Safety Week is coordinated by the Gas Safe Register. It provides a platform for the gas industry to focus all of their communications about gas safety in one week and helps to raise awareness of the importance of gas safety to the individual homeowner. Here at Origin GPH, we’ve compiled all the information you need to know about being Gas Safe in one place.

How to Find A Gas Safe Registered Engineer?

You can find a Gas Safe engineer by consulting the Gas Safe Register. The Gas Safe Register is the official list of businesses that are legally permitted to carry out gas work. You can find Origin’s Gas Safety listing on the Gas Safe Register website. When a registered plumbing business employs an engineer(s), they will check they have been issued with a Gas Safe ID card. If they do not already have one, the company should provide the engineer with the relevant training to acquire one. Not all engineers are qualified for all kinds of gas jobs. This makes it essential to check the ID card of your engineer before they begin the work. All of the jobs that that specific engineer is qualified for will be noted on the back of the card.

Checking A Company is Gas Safe Registered

It is a law requirement for engineers to be on the Gas Safe Register. Without being registered it is illegal for an engineer to work on gas appliances. Someone without the right qualifications and who is not registered could cause catastrophic harm. According to the Gas Safety Register, one million gas jobs are completed illegally every year. This makes it highly important to check the ID and qualifications of your chosen engineer. Plumbing work carried on your boiler by an unregistered engineer could result in issues such as carbon monoxide leaks, putting you and your family in danger and causing further repairs. Therefore you must use Gas Safe Registered engineers.

Evaluating a Gas Safe ID Card

As soon as your engineer arrives to carry out your work, you should request their Gas Safe ID card. Once your engineer presents their ID card, you should immediately look for the Gas Safe security hologram. Fake cards cannot replicate this hologram. You should then check that the photograph on the ID card matches the engineer who turned up to the job. Once you have established that the engineer is who they say they are, you should then check the details on the card itself. The main areas to check are the engineer and company name and the jobs that the engineer is qualified to complete. On the opposite side of the ID card, you will find a list of appliances your engineer is qualified to work on. Some engineers are only qualified for specific appliances. Ensure that your engineer has the qualifications to carry out the work you hired them for. If you do not see your appliance listed, do not go forward with the work. Ensure that the card hasn’t expired and that a license number has been embossed on the card. An unsafe engineer can cause serious damage and safety issues in your system.

Being Gas Safe

Ensuring you find a Gas Safe Registered company to complete any work you have planned is very important. Having an engineer that holds this qualification means you can ensure your work is carried out safely and meets industry standards. Here at Origin GPH, all of our engineers are Gas Safe Registered and highly experienced in boiler installation, repairs and emergency plumbing services. If you need a Gas Safe Engineer in Bearsden, Burnside, Shawlands or surrounding Glasgow areas, contact Origin GPH today.

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Most common central heating usage questions answered

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Central Heating FAQ’S

At Origin, we understand that central heating often poses a list of questions that need to be answered so that your system can operate efficiently. From boiler installation, boiler repairs and emergency plumbing services, our engineers are highly trained and well experienced. We’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions and their answers below to help you save time on calling plumbers for advice.

How much does it cost to put the heating on for an hour?

You can work out how much gas your boiler is using, and how much it costs, by using kW and kWh. A 24kW boiler will use 24kWh of energy per hour. You can use this system to analyse your daily costs and then use that information to break down your hourly costs. 

To calculate electric heating hourly usage we’ve included estimated guidelines below.

Power Rating Per Hour Per Day*
800W 14.83p 800W £0.89 4.8kWh
1000W (1kW) 18.54p 1000W £1.11 6kWh
1200W (1.2kW) 22.25p 1200W £1.33 7.2kWh
1500W (1.5kW) 27.81p 1500W £1.67 9kWh

Is it cheaper to leave the central heating on low all the time?

The experts at the Energy Saving Trust, the idea of leaving your heating on low constantly to save energy is a myth. If you’re keeping your heating on constantly, you are using energy constantly and therefore wasting energy. It’s better to only have your heating on when you need it.

Is Electric Heating Cheaper Than Gas Heating?

Studies have found the electric heating cost is much cheaper than the gas heating cost—a single kilowatt-hour (kWh) unit of gas costs around 16p. The average hourly price of an electricity kWh is much lower.

Is it Better to Keep Your Central Heating on a Timer?

It is more energy-efficient and much more convenient to leave your heating on a timer. This means that energy will only be used when you need it to heat your home. You can also use a thermostat to turn on and off to keep your home at your desired temperature.

How to set your central heating timer?

A timer allows you to control when your heating goes on and off. This means you can programme your system around the way you use heat in your home. Most programmers are digital and include a screen. This makes it easier to set your timers. Older systems may have a non-digital timer that works by moving ‘tappets’ around a dial. You should be able to find instructions on how to set your thermostat in the user manual provided with your system.

What is the most economical temperature for central heating?

The best way to ensure you’re heating your home economically is to use your central heating thermostat efficiently. Try the lowest acceptable temperature on your thermostat and move it up by one degree at a time to find the acceptable temperature for you. This way, you can ensure you’re not creating and wasting excess heat.

If you require a Gas Safe registered engineer or more advice in the Bearsden, Burnside, Giffnock or surrounding Glasgow areas, contact Origin today. Our engineers are trained to the highest standards and have developed a wealth of outstanding reviews.

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Top 10 Boiler Maintenance Tips

Your boiler is responsible for providing necessities, such as hot water and heating, that help you to create a comfortable living environment.  Central heating systems themselves and installation costs can be expensive. Maintaining the “health” of your existing system is vital for keeping utility bills at a low cost. Emergency plumbing repairs are also costly as well as inconvenient, especially in the colder months of the year when you rely on your central heating system the most. There are ways to maintain your system to minimise emergency plumbing issues, boiler repairs, and breakdowns.

Here at Origin, we understand the stress that can come with home maintenance. We’ve compiled a list of the best boiler maintenance tips to help you take good care of your system and avoid breakdowns

Boiler Maintenance Tips

1. Annual Boiler Service

Annual boiler services are extremely important for helping to maintain the health and efficiency of your boiler. Even if your boiler appears to be working fine, boiler services can help you identify any future potential problems. During a service, your heating engineer will check all parts and operations of your boiler system to ensure they are running safely and efficiently. Getting your boiler serviced annually will help detect issues before they become a bigger problem further down the line. The small cost of a boiler service could save you a significant amount of money compared to emergency plumbing costs from a boiler breakdown. If you require an annual boiler service, contact Origin today.

2. Turn Your Heating on Regularly

A great boiler maintenance tip is to turn your heating on regularly. Professionals advise turning it on at least once a month, even in the summer. This will help to clear the boiler pump of any grit that may gather whilst it’s not in use. Turning your central heating on for 10 – 15 minutes every so often (even during spring and summer) can help to keep all the parts moving correctly and minimise the chances of a breakdown.

3. Check the Boiler Pressure

It is important to regularly check your boiler’s pressure gauge to see if it needs topping up. Ideally, you want to see a reading of between one and two bars; anything below one bar is too low and you’ll need to repressurise your boiler. You should find instructions on where to find and how to top up your pressure gauge in your systems accompanying manual.

Boiler pressure that is too low will affect the efficiency of your boiler. The recommended pressure reading for a boiler to operate at maximum efficiency is between 1-1.5. There will be a gauge on your boiler which will give you a pressure reading. Your engineer should point this out to you upon or should be pointed out in your system manual. If the reading is too low, you’ll need to use the taps to raise the pressure. It’s advised to aim for the lower end of the scale, as boiler pressure will rise slightly as your system heats itself up. This process should also be explained in your system manual, however, if you’re unsure it’s best to contact a heating engineer.

4. Bleed the Radiators

If air has become trapped in your radiators, it will prevent water from being circulated around your system effectively. If your radiators are warm at the bottom but cold at the top, this is usually a good indication that this has happened. A great way to resolve this issue is to bleed your radiators. You will need a radiator key and a clean cloth or towel to do this.

  1. Turn off your heating. If left on, you may get hot water spraying out of your radiators.
  2. Use the radiator key to turn the valve on the top of your radiator. Attach the key to the groove in the center of the valve and turn anti-clockwise. You should hear a hissing sound as any trapped air escapes from the radiator. Use your cloth to clean any excess water that leaks out.
  3. When the hissing stops and there is only water leaking out, retighten the valve by turning clockwise.
  4. Once these steps are completed and the valves have been tightened, turn your central heating back on.
  5. Check the pressure of your radiators by checking the reading from the gauge on your boiler. Bleeding your radiators can cause the pressure to drop. If the pressure has become too low, you’ll need to top it up. To do this use the lever tap on your boiler.
  6. Check your radiators to make sure they are heating up properly.

5. Balance the Radiators

If the radiators that are furthest away from your boiler are colder than those which are nearer, you may need to balance the radiators in your home. This isn’t as straightforward as bleeding radiators and you may need to call out a Gas Safe Registered engineer for this particular task.

The process involves adjusting your radiators, ensuring there’s an even distribution of heated water to each radiator in your home.

6. Avoid Blockages

Boilers need to be ventilated properly, so make sure there isn’t any clutter surrounding them. Don’t ever cover your gas boiler or block the air vents, and ensure the outside flues aren’t blocked. If your boiler is placed in an airing cupboard that is also used as storage, make sure your system has enough ‘breathing’ space.

7. Look for a Blue Flame

If your boiler flame is visible, check to see if it’s a strong blue colour. An orange or yellow flame indicates that there’s something wrong and you should call a Gas Safe registered engineer as soon as possible.

8. Insulate System Pipes

Water left standing in pipes over the winter months can freeze, causing blockages leading to pipes bursting. Pouring tepid water over the frozen areas can be used to unfreeze and unblock the pipes. However, this can be risky as using water that is too hot can lead to further damage.

A great way to prevent frozen pipes is to insulate them. There is a range of materials and methods that can be used to insulate your system pipes.  Pipes becoming faulty could result in a complete system repiping, which can be costly and time-consuming and not an ideal situation to be in over the winter.

9. Install a Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Protecting your home against carbon monoxide is extremely important. This can easily be monitored by installing an audible carbon monoxide alarm. If the alarm detects carbon monoxide, it will alert you straight away. Alarms cost approximately £15 – £30 and can be found at most DIY stores. Install your carbon monoxide alarm at least one meter away from your boiler (ideally within the same room) and you’ll be alerted if your boiler starts to produce carbon monoxide.

10. Leave it to the professionals

If you encounter a serious problem with your boiler, don’t try and fix it yourself – always call a Gas Safe registered engineer who knows how to maintain a boiler system.

Here at Origin, our engineers are highly qualified and expertly trained. If you’re looking for a boiler installation, service, or emergency plumber in Giffnock, Shawlands, Hamilton, or surrounding Glasgow areas, contact Origin today. We also offer a range of Boiler Cover Plans through our Comfort Club, which will provide you with peace of mind and constant protection should your boiler break down.

Top 10 Boiler Maintenance Tips

Are Boiler Service Plans Worth It?

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Responsible for providing necessities such as heat and hot water and creating a comfortable environment, your boiler is the heart of your home. Systems can be expensive to purchase and install, therefore maintaining their health is vital for keeping utility bills at a low cost. There are ways to maintain your “boiler’s health” and minimise emergency plumbing, boiler repairs, and breakdown costs. Emergency plumbing repairs can be costly and inconvenient, especially in the colder months of the year when you need your system the most. Annual boiler servicing is recommended. Here at Origin, we offer a range of boiler cover plans with our Comfort Club, differing in cover and prices.

Annual Boiler Servicing

Getting your boiler annually serviced is a great way to maintain your boiler’s health and avoid any unwanted plumbing issues. During an annual service, your engineer will check all system parts are working efficiently, replace any that aren’t and give your system a thorough clean. Annual services are usual for highlighting any potential problems before they lead to a breakdown/possible boiler replacement and will reduce emergency plumbing costs. Annual servicing is highly recommended by plumbers and often must be completed to comply with the warranty.

Boiler Service Plans

Here at Origin, we offer our boiler cover plans in a range of three different options. Starting with Bronze for £20.50 a month, customer login portal access, annual boiler services, and carbon monoxide tests are included. As the plans move up at price, so does the cover. For example, our gold boiler cover plan is £28 a month and includes; customer login portal access, annual boiler services, carbon monoxide tests, labour and parts, and plumbing. Depending on the needs of your home, you can decide upon the best boiler cover plan for you.

However, we recommend our gold boiler cover plan to all of our customers. For a small monthly payment of £28.50, you can rest assured that you are covered for all system emergencies. With parts, labour and plumbing included, you can ensure you will not be met with any surprise costs. This is the best way to keep your utility bills to a minimum.

Comfort Club

At Origin, we are proud to be able to offer our customers a range of boiler cover plans as part of our Comfort Club. We’ve made every effort to ensure we have home cover options for every situation. Having a service plan in place will identify potential issues and rectify them before they become major problems, leading to breakdowns. Comfort Club plans come in three different levels to suit the requirements and budget of all homeowners in the. With three different plans, two choose from ranging in price and levels of coverage, you’re sure to find a plan perfect for your situation. No more frustrating boiler service experiences, like fixed contracts, unreliable engineers, and hidden plan charges. We’ve made our Comfort Club simple with flexible rolling monthly subscriptions. You don’t have to commit to any fixed or long-term contracts.

Our Comfort Club plans are home care service agreements and not insurance policies. Our plans are highly regarded and have helped many of our customers save money and receive a better service. To arrange a boiler cover plan that suits you or for any more information on exactly what we can offer, don’t hesitate to contact Origin today.

A Step by Step Guide to Boiler Installation

Boiler Installation

Your boiler is the heart of your home and is responsible for making your home warm and cosy, as well as fulfilling your hot water needs. Therefore, it is essential your system is installed properly and has been correctly suited to your needs. This will help prevent future breakdowns and costly repairs. At Origin, we pride ourselves on installing boiler systems efficiently and effectively.

Once you have found the engineer to install your new boiler, the next step is to get a quote. This will enable you to work out how much money you’ll need to finance your new boiler. The engineer will also be able to explain potential running costs to you, once the type of system you need has been decided.

It’s also helpful to know exactly what takes place during the boiler installation process, just so you know what to expect on the day. Our quick guide to boiler installations will run through what takes place, all step-by-step.

What happens on installation day?

Removal of old boiler

Firstly, your engineer will remove your old boiler system. The length of time this will take depends on the system your engineer is removing and the complexity of the job.

Flush/clean

Once your old boiler has been removed, the system will need to be flushed and cleaned. When having a new boiler installed, it is important to ensure that the water in the system is as clean as possible. A Powerflush prior to installation will help prevent any damage from being caused by debris from your old system.

Upgrades to your pipework

Your pipes may need to be replaced or updated to ensure the efficiency of your new system. This isn’t always a simple job and can take up a large amount of your engineer’s time if this action is necessary.

Fitting your boiler

Once all the preparations have been completed, it’s time for your engineer to install your new boiler. You can change the location of your boiler if you wish, but this may add extra time to the process. Smaller boiler systems can be placed in cupboards to disguise their appearance. If you are having a new bathroom, you may need extra space requiring a larger system, so the loft may be more suitable. It’s always best to ask for and listen to an engineer’s advice on where would be the best location for your system within your home.

Filter Installation

It is usually recommended to install a filter system alongside your boiler. This will collect any debris or sludge that builds up over time and protect your boiler. This will ensure your system remains clean and runs efficiently.

Commissioning

Once everything has been installed to standard, your engineer will need to commission your boiler. The boiler commissioning procedure involves checking that your new boiler installation is installed and set up correctly. This helps ensure you are gaining maximum efficiency from your heating and hot water products. This can help to put steps in place to avoid common boiler issues.

Handover

Once all the above steps have been completed and your boiler is running efficiently, your engineer should then complete a handover with you. This includes explaining to you how your system works and any warranties it comes with. Regular maintenance checks you’ll need to complete during the boilers’ lifespan should also be explained to you.

Registration

Once the installation is complete, either the homeowner or the engineer will need to register the boiler. This will ensure your warranty is valid, making sure you are covered if you were to experience any issues.

Ensuring your boiler is installed correctly is essential in preventing any unnecessary breakdowns or repairs. You can contact us to book your boiler installation/get a quote or answer any relevant questions you may have.

A Step by Step Guide to Boiler Installation

What Happens During A Boiler Service?

Origin Boiler Service

A boiler is the heart of a home, responsible for providing necessities such as hot water and heating that help you create a comfortable living environment. Boiler systems themselves and installation costs can be expensive, therefore maintaining their health is vital for keeping utility bills at a low cost. Emergency plumbing repairs can also be costly and inconvenient, especially in the colder months of the year when you rely on your system the most. There are ways to maintain your “boilers health” and minimise emergency plumbing and breakdown costs such as boiler servicing. Here at Origin, our engineers are highly trained and experienced in all aspects of boiler servicing.

What is a boiler service?

A Boiler service includes a thorough inspection of all system components. The parts of your system will all be checked to ensure they are working at maximum efficiency and a thorough clean will be completed to prevent any blockages. During a service, our engineer’s lookout for any system components that may fail in the near future. This enables you to plan repairs before they become an emergency. The most important part of a boiler service is checking your system to ensure that it is safe. To book your boiler service with an experienced gas safe engineer, contact Origin today.

All of our engineers have the expertise needed to provide you with a thorough boiler service. Each engineer follows a standard boiler service checklist which we have outlined below:

 How do you service a boiler?

Servicing a boiler involves running a series of checks on your system, its parts and operations. Running these checks will help you to ensure your boiler is running safely and efficiently. It is important to ensure this annual service is carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. You can check this by inspecting the ID of the plumber who arrives to carry out your service. Here at Origin, all of our engineers are Gas Safe Registered and fully qualified to carry out high standard boiler services.

What does a boiler service include?

 Boiler Service Checklist

  •  Boiler Service Checklist
    Your engineer will begin by visually inspecting your boiler. This will involve removing the casing of your boiler, checking, cleaning and making necessary adjustments to its internal parts. This also provides your engineer to check for any signs of damage or distress before they become an emergency.
  • Operation and control
    Your boiler includes a number of controls and safety devices. These will need to be tested to ensure they are operating correctly.
  • Flue and combustion releases
    Construction, termination and the route of the flue pipe from your boiler to the outside of your house will be checked. This will involve ensuring there are no obstructions and that everything has been safely fitted.
  • Cleaning the main boiler components
    The main components of your boiler will be removed and cleaned during a service. This helps the engineer see any noticeable faults and ensure they are fit for purpose. Parts in these checks will include; the heat exchanger, ignition pins, flue ways and main burner.
  • Further checks
    Once the initial key inspections have been completed, there are further tests included in a boiler service. These can include:
  • Flame sense device and whether it operates correctly
  • Pilot burner and any cables and probes
  • Measure and recorded gas pressure
  • Measure and recorded water pressure
  • Carbon monoxide check
  • Boiler operation
  • Provision of adequate ventilation
  • Flue effectiveness
  • Heating controls
  • Electrical wiring connections
  • Location of the boiler and nearby combustible materials
  • Full corrosion inspection
  • Gas and pressure flow
  • Safety devices

Central Heating Power Flushing and Chemical Flushing

Older central heating systems are prone to containing a build-up of sludge and debris.  It occurs in most systems and is made up of particles of rust and water impurities. This sludge slowly develops over the years and is almost inevitable. It becomes problematic when the sludge stops the water circulating free around the pipes and radiators. It also makes the boiler work harder which puts a strain on the system, damaging the boiler in the long run. This is something you will need to monitor as well as annual servicing if you own an older central heating system.

The solution is power flushing. A trained engineer, such as one of the team here at Origin, attaches specialist flushing equipment to the central heating system. Chemicals are used at first to loosen the sludge deposits. Once the deposits are dislodged, freshwater is flushed around the pipes and radiators. The contaminated waste is removed through a full bore dump valve and carried out to the drains.

The power flush process takes a few hours and simply requires access to the existing central heating system. With the pipes clear of debris, the hot water can circulate freely again and warm the radiators more effectively. A power flush only needs to be repeated every 5 years or so, or before a new boiler is fitted.

A chemical flush is a more basic version of a power flush. However, they can be just as effective. Chemicals are flushed through your system using gravity, instead of a pump. As the cleaner is flushed around the system from your boiler, any debris will be caught by a magnetic filter.

If you require a chemical flush or boiler service in Burnside, Bearsden, Paisley or surrounding Glasgow areas, contact Origin today. Our engineers carry years of experience and are trained to the highest standards. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service supplemented by our outstanding reviews. We will complete all work quickly and efficiently with minor inconvenience to your family and your home. To book your boiler service, contact Origin today.

What Happens During A Boiler Service