Oil Boilers Wanborough
There are around four million homes not connected to the UK’s national gas grid. To heat these homes, the options are either Oil, LPG (liquid petroleum gas), Electrical or renewable sources. Oil-powered central heating systems with oil boilers are a key way of heating these homes.
An oil central heating system works in a similar way to gas powered central heating. The difference is you would have an oil-fired boiler to heat the water for the radiators and hot water for the taps. An oil supply would deliver to your Wanborough home and stored in an oil tank.
It is important to choose a heating company registered with the Oftec (Oil Firing Technical Association) to install an oil boiler and heating system. Prestige Services are Oftec registered and we also have qualified oil heating engineers.
Our OFTEC company registration number is 100103.
One of our Oftec oil engineers can visit your home in Wanborough to provide a no obligation quote for a new oil boiler. We will make an assessment of your current central heating system and the engineer would discuss your ongoing heating options. We would send you a full detailed quote of the cost, type and model of oil boiler which we would recommend so you to make an informed decision.
Our Wanborough 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.
New Oil Boilers more efficient – Why?
New oil boilers are more efficient for a number of reasons. The main reason is that they are all now condensing boilers. Since April 2007 it has been mandatory to install condensing oil boilers to comply with Building Regulations.
All well-maintained oil boilers burn fuel efficiently. Older oil boilers lose some heat in the hot gases that escape up the flue, this does not happen with a new condensing oil boiler as it has a larger heat exchanger so it recovers more heat and sends cooler gases up the flue.
Modern oil boilers have intelligent controls which makes a difference as it enables more cost effective management of your oil heating and hot water in your Wanborough home.
Types of oil boilers?
Since April 2007 it has been mandatory to install condensing oil boilers to comply with Building Regulations. Modern oil-fired boilers can be highly efficient.
Regular/Conventional Oil Boilers
If you have an old oil boiler, it will more than likely be a regular boiler known as ‘conventional’ oil boiler.
Regular oil boilers heat your central heating system and your hot water. The hot water sits in your hot water cylinder which is normally in an Airing Cupboard.
A typical regular oil boiler system includes the oil 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 which are generally located in the loft.
Oil Combi Boilers
Oil-fired combi boilers are also available. These type of oil boilers provide hot water on demand, meaning no need for a hot water tank. It is reasonable to say that they are a bit slower to provide hot water than some gas combi boilers. Furthermore, a combi boiler is 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 also 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. However, a system oil boiler differs from a regular oil boiler in some important areas.
- 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 main individual components of the heating and hot water system are built into a system boiler which means that installation is quicker, easier and neater.
- The system boiler removes the need for a feed and expansion tank in the loft.
An oil central heating system will have the same controls as a modern gas central heating system:
- A Room thermostat – normally located 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 (if required).
What type of oil should I have?
Nearly all UK domestic central heating systems use 28sec oil, this oil is also known as Kerosene. This fuel burns more cleanly than other heavier oil products such as gas oil (so known as 35sec heating oil). Kitchen ranges such as AGA cookers can also use 28sec oil.
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 with low-sulphur fuels. If you are unsure if you would benefit from using such fuels, do speak to your equipment supplier.
Oil Boiler Servicing – How often?
For safety and to minimise oil fuel costs, you should arrange for a Prestige oil engineer to service your oil boiler annually.
What happens at an Oil boiler service?
When servicing an Oil boiler, our Oftec registered oil heating engineers in Wanborough would carry out the following:
- Fully inspect the oil boiler.
- Replace components parts as needed.
- Clean the parts as advised by the manufacturer’s instructions for each model of oil boiler.
If annual servicing is not carried out, long term damage can occur.
During the combustion process, deposits can build up on the internal surfaces of the heat exchanger as well as the baffles. This will decrease your boiler efficiency. If left for a number of years, these deposits harden and with some designs of heat exchanger make it impossible to remove the baffles without destroying them. A replacement baffle will come at a significant cost on top of an annual service charge.
Repairs to your Oil Boiler –Wanborough
We employ professional Oftec oil heating engineers, experienced in oil boiler repairs and maintenance.
If your oil boiler breaks down and you’re suddenly without heat and hot water in your Wanborough home, our oil heating engineers can also repair many oil boilers.
Our Wanborough oil heating engineers will assess and diagnose the boiler fault and discuss their findings with you. The engineer will rectify the problem if possible there and then. If the boiler needs a replacement part, we will provide you with a quote to include the cost of parts and labour to repair the boiler.
We will always look for the most affordable solution for the problem. However, if the replacement parts for your particular oil boiler are no longer available or it will not be cost effective for you to have the repairs carried out, we will advise you of this and we are able to provide you with a no obligation quote for a new oil boiler for you to consider.
The best way to keep your oil boiler in full and safe working order is to ensure that you have it serviced each year. This will help to prevent boiler failures during the winter months when you rely upon your central heating system. Worcester Bosch and all major boiler manufacturers recommend having an annual boiler service.
A way to simply 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 also great ways to keep fuel costs lower.
Checking your Oil Tank
There are some important checks that you can carry out to ensure your tank stays in good order.
- Look out for any oil that is leaking or has leaked out around valves, pipes or seams.
- Check for signs of damage such as bulges or dents, deep scratches, cracks, discolouration or rust.
- Make sure you close and protect vents, gauges and access points so that rainwater, insects or dirt cannot get into them
- 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 completely clear and make sure plants do not grow near it.
- 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 as this will stops overfilling the tank.
- Make sure your tank has an overfill protection device or alarm.
The OFTEC website is http://www.oftec.co.uk/
We are here to help with all your oil boiler needs including installations, oil boiler repairs and servicing in your Wanborough home.
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