Oil Boilers Minety
There are an estimated four million homes not connected to the UK’s national gas grid. Instead they rely on heating their homes by either Oil, LPG (liquid petroleum gas), Electrical or renewable sources. Oil-powered central heating systems with oil boilers are a key alternate way of heating your Minety home.
An oil central heating system works in a similar way to gas powered central heating. Instead you use an oil-fired boiler to heat water, which provides the central heating via radiators and hot water through the taps in your home. The main difference between the two is that will you have your oil supply delivered to your home and stored in an oil tank.
One of our Oftec oil engineers can visit your home in Minety to provide a no obligation quote for a new oil boiler. We can then assess your current oil central heating system and discuss your oil boiler options. We will then send you a full detailed quote for you to consider.
Our engineers can supply and install all makes of oil boilers. We are Worcester Bosch accredited Platinum Installers and Grant “G -ONE” installers.
Being FCA regulated (Financial Conduct Authority) means we are able to offer 0% and interest bearing finance on Worcester Bosch Oil Boiler installations through Hitachi Capital (UK) Plc. All finance is subject to status.
You should always choose a professional heating company registered with the Oftec (Oil Firing Technical Association) to install oil boiler and heating systems. We at Oftec registered Prestige Services also have qualified oil heating engineers.
Our OFTEC company registration number is 100103.
Modern Oil Boilers more efficient – Why?
Many older oil boilers are only able to achieve 60% efficiency which means that only 60p in every £1 you spend is on the oil for your heating and hot water. Older oil boilers lose heat in the hot gases that escape up the flue and also do not have proper controls.
Since April 2007 it has been mandatory to install condensing oil boilers to comply with Building Regulations.
Modern oil boilers are more efficient for a number of reasons, but the main advantage is that they are all now condensing boilers. A condensing oil boiler has a larger heat exchanger so it recovers more heat and sends cooler gases up the flue. A well-maintained oil boiler burns oil very efficiently. Modern oil boilers also have intelligent controls enabling more cost effective management of your oil heating and hot water system in your Minety home.
What are the different types of oil boilers?
Since April 2007 it has been mandatory to install condensing oil boilers to comply with Building Regulations. The modern oil-fired boilers can be highly efficient.
Regular/Conventional Oil Boilers
If you have an older boiler, the chances are that you will have a regular boiler known as ‘conventional’ boiler.
Regular boilers heat your central heating system and also produce your hot water which sits in your hot water cylinder. This boiler’s normally found in an Airing Cupboard.
A typical regular boiler system incorporates a boiler, external controls, and a hot water cylinder. The hot water cylinder is often fed by a cold water storage tank and a feed and expansion tank. All of which are located in the loft.
Oil Combi Boilers
Oil-fired combi boilers are also available, providing hot water on demand without the use of a hot water tank. It is fair to say that they are a bit slower to provide hot water than some gas combi boilers. They are not always recommended for larger families who use a lot of hot water.
System Oil Boilers
A system oil boiler heats your central heating system and produces hot water for your cylinder. Just like a regular boiler, a system boiler also works on the principle of stored hot water in the hot water cylinder.
A system oil boiler differs from a regular oil boiler in some important areas as below:
- The hot water pumps from the system boiler through the central heating system to the radiators and hot water cylinder. This results in a fast response and cheaper running costs.
- The system boiler removes the need for a feed and expansion tank in the loft.
- Built into a system boiler are the main individual components of the heating and hot water system. Installation is then quicker, easier and neater.
An oil central heating system will have the same controls as a modern gas central heating system:
- A Room thermostat, found in a living room, not the hallway.
- Thermostat Radiator Valves (TRV) on all but one of the radiators.
- A 7-day timer which can program hot water and room heating.
- A Cylinder thermostat on the hot water tank.
Oil – What do I need?
Almost all UK domestic central heating systems use 28sec oil – also known as kerosene. This fuel burns more cleanly than heavier oil products such as gas oil – also known as 35sec heating oil. You can use 28sec oil in kitchen ranges such as AGA cookers.
As the sulphur content of oil has fallen, some domestic oil suppliers have added extra lubricants to kerosene to enable fuel to pump to the boiler more easily. This is not necessary for most systems, as engineered modern pumps operate effectively with low-sulphur fuels but if you are unsure if you would benefit from using such fuels, speak to your equipment supplier.
How often will I need my Oil boiler serviced?
For safety and to help minimise fuel costs, you should arrange for a Prestige oil engineer to service your boiler once a year in your Minety home.
What is an Oil boiler service?
When servicing an Oil boiler, our Oftec registered oil heating engineers will carry out the following:
- Fully inspect each appliance.
- Clean the parts as per the manufacturer’s instructions of each appliance.
- Replace components parts as needed.
If you do not undertake regular servicing, long term damage can occur. During the combustion process, deposits will build up on the internal surfaces of the heat exchanger and the baffles which can decrease boiler efficiency. If left for a number of years, these deposits harden and with some designs of heat exchanger render it impossible to remove the baffles without destroying them. A replacement baffle will come at a significant cost on top of the routine service charge.
Repairing Oil boilers in Minety
Our Staff are registered Oftec oil heating engineers in Minety, experienced in both maintaining and repairing oil boilers.
If your oil boiler breaks down and you find you are without heat or hot water, our oil heating engineers can repair most oil boilers.
Our oil heating engineers will assess/diagnose the oil boiler fault and advise you. The engineer will rectify the problem there and then if possible. If the boiler needs a replacement part, we will send you a quotation including parts and labour.
We will always look for the most affordable solution for the problem. However, if replacement parts are no longer available for your model of oil boiler or it would not be cost effective to have the repairs carried out, we will advise of this and can provide you with a no obligation for a replacement oil boiler for you to consider.
The best way to make sure that your oil boiler is in full and safe working order is to have it serviced every year. Having your oil boiler serviced will help to prevent breakdowns during the winter months when you rely upon it. Worcester Bosch and all major boiler manufacturers recommend having an oil boiler serviced every year.
To maintain your current central heating system is by Power flushing, chemical cleansing, installing an In-Line Descaler, installing a system filter and having an annual oil boiler service. These are all helpful ways to keep your oil costs lower.
Oil Tank Checks
There are some simple checks you can take yourself to make sure your tank is in a good condition:
- Check for signs of damage such as bulges or dents, deep scratches, cracks, discolouration or rust.
- Look out for any oil that is leaking or has leaked out around valves, pipes or seams.
- Make sure that any external protection isn’t filled with large amounts of water, oil, rubbish or plants.
- Keep access to and around the tank clear and make sure plants do not grow near it.
- Make sure you close and protect vents, gauges and access points so that rainwater, insects or dirt cannot get into them.
- Check gauges and alarms are working, and in particular the batteries. Consult the manufacturer for advice on how to do this.
- Make sure your tank is only filled to around 80-90% of its capacity. This avoids overfilling and makes sure your tank has an overfill protection device or alarm.
The OFTEC website is http://www.oftec.co.uk/.
We look forward to being of service to you for all of your oil boiler needs.
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