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The Benefits of Kamco Power Flushing

“Power Flushing”, “Jet Flushing” & “Hard Flushing” are all expressions used in the heating trade to describe the process by which heating systems are forcibly cleansed using water at high velocity but low pressure – so that no physical damage is caused to the system.

A large amount of boilers break down due to dirty water and sludge within the boiler system. If dirty water and sludge have built up in your central heating system the efficiency of your boiler and heating will lessen greatly.

Having a central heating power flush done is an effective way of getting everything back up and running.

What is Power Flushing?

Power flushing is a cleansing process that removes sludge from your central heating system. A build up of rust or debris in pipes can cause serious problems for the efficiency of your heating.

It is a fact that over time unwanted dirt builds up in pipes, radiators and boilers. This build up leads to less heat being emitted. In serious cases they can even cause breakdowns.

A power flush uses powerful chemicals and water at high velocity to remove these deposits and eliminate any associated issues.  Once this is done it will be like your radiators and boilers are as good as new.

What Are Signs You Need A Power Flush?

Below are some of the most common reasons why you might need a power flush for your central heating system. It is always wise to get a second opinion from a gas safe registered engineer before you get any work done.

  • Noise is coming from your boiler or radiators
  • Your radiator keeps leaking
  • Cold patches or radiators that don’t heat up fully
  • Your boiler cuts out regularly or needs to be restarted
  • Excessive noise is coming from your boiler or heating system pump
  • It takes longer for your central heating system to warm up
  • Cloudy tap water
  • Discoloured water when bleeding radiators
  • Certain radiators aren’t heating up even when the heating is on
  • Sludge in feed and expansion tank

It is recommended to have a power flush on your whole central heating system when you plan on having a new boiler replacement installed. This is due to the fact any existing contaminants in the heating system can damage the framework of a new boiler.

A power flush to your central heating system is recommended every 5-6 years. If you think your home heating system is in need of a power flush then give Gas Safe Engineering Ltd a call on 01 969 5219. Alternatively you can email them through info@gassafe.ie.

Extend The Life Of Your Hot Water Cylinder With These Top Tips

The hot water cylinder is the core of your home central heating system. The hot water cylinder heats up your entire home and ensures everything is nice and toasty. A factor by which you should do everything in your power to extend the life span of your hot water tank.

Many people simply buy a hot water tank and then forget about it until it needs a replacement. Don’t be one of many, lead by example. Follow these top tips from our gas engineering experts today to prolong the life of your hot water cylinder.

Flush The Tank Annually

It is our recommendation to flush your hot water cylinder on an annual basis to prolong its life span. Why is this needed? Over time sediments build up in the base of the hot water tank. These mineral deposits can decrease the efficiency of your tank.

Draining the hot water tank through the drain valve at the bottom of the heater is necessary to clean out impurities in the water. Always remember though that you are dealing with very hot water so be careful!

To flush out a hot water cylinder follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the water tank’s heat source
  2. Switch the water valve to off
  3. Attach a hose to the water tank’s drain valve and run it to where you’ll drain the water
  4. Open a hot water faucet
  5. Open the water heater drain valve and allow water to flow for 5-10 minutes
  6. Close the valve and allow the tank to refill

Check the Anode Rod

Inside the hot water cylinder exists a long narrow bar called the Anode Rod. The rod is made up of either zinc, magnesium or aluminium, material that corrode over time.

The Anode Rod extends the life of your hot water cylinder by reducing the corroding of metal inside the tank. Without it the hot water tank would corrode rapidly from the inside. The Anode Rod eventually will dissolve so checking it’s ok regularly is essential.

The Pressure Relief Valve

Particularly important for mains cylinders, the pressure relief valve protects the hot water cylinder from excess pressures. You can generally find this located at the top or to the side of the cylinder.

It is recommended to release the valve every six months, remembering to raise and lower the lever very slowly. If the water does not flow when the valve is released it may be faulty or there is a problem with the system. In this case you should call a registered professional to have it checked.

Hot Water Cylinder Replacement

Sadly, hot water cylinders are not built to last forever. There will come a time when no matter how much maintenance you do you will need a replacement.

Gas Safe Engineering Ltd are fully registered and equipped to install a new hot water cylinder into your home. If you suspect there is something wrong with your water tank call us immediately on 01 969 5219. Our speedy and efficient team will be out to you in a jiffy.

Our Top 5 Blogs On Boiler Servicing In Dublin

We cannot stress enough the importance of boiler servicing for your Dublin homes. A boiler that is regularly maintained ensures the safety of all and cuts back on hefty maintenance costs and replacements.

In this article we are going to have a throwback to our top 5 blogs on boiler servicing in Dublin. We will provide useful learning material on each to help you get the most benefit. Without further ado, let’s begin.

The Importance Of A Gas Boiler Service

In “The Importance Of A Gas Boiler Service” we learned of the advantages and disadvantages when considering getting work done on your boiler.

The key pointers from here was timing, safety and cutting back on costs. The period before the cold months start is the best time to have your boiler serviced to prevent a breakdown in the midst of winter and save yourself the inconvenience of being freezing within your own home.

Boiler servicing saves you money in the long run by spotting problems early on and improving the efficiency and reliability of your boiler. Safety is also vital here for you and your family. Regual boiler servicing by a professional greatly reduces the risk of gas leaks, silent carbon monoxide poisoning and explosions.

Do Your Business Premises Need A Gas Service?

In “Do Your Business Premises Need A Gas Service” we learned how important it is to follow health and safety regulations as drawn out by the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) 2007.

All business owners must abide by a certain set of regulations to ensure their safety and the safety of their staff. Did you know that during winter months office should at least reach a minimum temperature of 17.5 degrees Celsius within an hour of employees starting work?

You can find out about this fact any more when it comes to boiler servicing and business premises.

Why You Need A Gas Boiler Service

“Why You Need A Gas Boiler Service” shows us how regular boiler servicing makes your boiler last longer, thus saving you money. The average cost of getting a boiler replaced in Dublin can be anywhere between €1,500 to €2,000. This is not an ideal option when you have it in your power to increase its life span.

Investing In Our Oil Boiler Service

Investing In Our Oil Boiler Service” points out how we should be getting our boilers serviced annually and this is according to experts such as the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). By doing so your boiler will be much more likely of lasting for the standard amount of time of 15 years.

An oil boiler service includes some of the following; checks for water leaks in and around your oil boiler, checking for carbon monoxide alarms positioned correctly and a full flue gas analysis.

Signs You Need A Boiler Replacement

Some of the warning signs you need a boiler replacement are highlighted in our last of the top 5 boiler servicing blogs for Dublin homeowners.

In particular, the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning is more probable in old boilers which should not be kept any later than between 10-15 years.

Regular boiler servicing is necessary but there comes a time when a boiler replacement has to happen. If you are experiencing gurgling or banging noises coming from your boiler it’s more than likely time to invest in a new boiler. The same can be said if your boiler keeps breaking down or shutting off.

Boiler Servicing In Dublin

We hope this information has been useful to you and you are up to date with how boiler servicing should work.

At Gas Safe Limited we offer regular boiler servicing for all. We are equipped to handle just about anything to do with boilers so don’t be shy.

All of our work is strictly carried out by registered gas installers so you know you are in safe hands. To contact us simply pick up the phone and call 01 969 5219 or email info@gassafe.ie.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Central Heating System

The central heating system. It’s a core part of your home, keeping dwellers warm inside during those cold winter evenings. Without central heating we would be reduced to using costly heaters and tonnes and tonnes of blankets.

The point is, central heating systems are a requirement. This is why we need to look after them so we can get the most out of them. Below are some tips from our heating installation experts.

Get Your Heating System Serviced

For exactly how long have you had your heating system? Too long to remember? Chances are it’s not in the pristine condition when it was first purchased.

With any heating appliances or systems you should always get them serviced by the professionals. Better to be prepared and safe than run into problems when you need the heat the most.

Invest In A Programmable Thermostat

A reliable way of saving energy and cutting back on costs, a programmable thermostat for your central heating system is a smart investment to look into. They can really maximise the efficiency of your heating.

When you are coming back home from a long hard day at work, once set, a thermostat can heat up your home ahead of time and at just the right temperature you want. As soon as you walk in that door you will be met with a nice warm and homely environment to rest in.

Bleed Your Radiators

Another way of getting the most out of your heating system is to make sure you bleed your radiators from time to time. The best period for this practise is before the heating season.

A tell-tale sign your radiators require bleeding is when you turn the heating system on and the top of your radiator does not emit heat. In worst cases your radiator won’t emit any heat at all, leaving your central heating system on, costing money and being freezing as a result.

The problem arises due to trapped air bubbles and the only way of reversing the problem is by letting the air out of your radiators. For a comprehensive guide on how to bleed your radiators read on for more here.

Check For Air Leaks Around The House

Air leaks are the bane of any owner of a central heating system. Existing air leaks allows the heat you pay for escape from your home, making you keep the heating on for longer and not experiencing the system at its most efficient.

Some of the most common air leaks are found around doors and windows. There’s no need to fret, however, as you can seal the cracks and gaps yourself quite easily with a sealant. The more your house is sealed the warmer you and yours will be.

Need A Certified Heating Installer?

If you are buying a new home or simply looking for an upgrade, Gas Safe have a team of professionals at your disposal to offer you the very best in central heating installation.

We can provide you with the comfort and the warmth you deserve in a timely and cost-efficient manner. All it takes is for you to pick up that phone. To contact us, call 01 9695219 today.

Why You Need A Gas Boiler Service

Regularly servicing your boiler is not only more environmentally friendly but a lot safer for you and your household. A gas boiler service ensures everything is ticking over correctly and working to maximum efficiency, thus, saving money in the long run and avoiding break downs.

 

Winter, in particular, is the time when you need your gas boiler the most. After the summer months, your boiler is switched on following a long period of inactivity. If your gas boiler is not serviced on a regular basis this could be a struggle.

 

A Gas Boiler Service Is Safer

The ultimate concern of a gas boiler service is ensuring safety for you and your family. The experts will be able to determine if there are any gas leaks or presence of carbon monoxide, the silent and odourless killer.

When your gas boiler is serviced there are a number of thorough tests carried out by a registered gas installer. You can find out about what exactly a gas boiler service entails here.

 

A Gas Boiler Service Helps With Saving Money

A part of the service is checking whether or not your boiler is burning gas efficiently. A boiler going through more gas than it’s supposed to be is going to cost more money.

With the service, your boiler will be adjusted if this scenario is the case. By having a gas boiler service once a year you could save up to €150 off your annual heating bill.

 

A Boiler That’s Serviced Lasts Longer

The standard gas boiler in Dublin can start from anywhere at €1500 to over €2000 to replace. Then you have to consider installation costs on top of that.

Regularly servicing your boiler makes it last longer. It is advised to get your boiler checked on an annual basis to reduce wear and tear over time and keep it in good working condition.

 

Lessens The Risk Of Break Downs

A gas boiler service cannot prevent a breakdown, what it can do, however, is spot the signs early on for any malfunction. Don’t leave it too late for a breakdown to happen. Save money in the long run, a lot of hassle and make your home safer by getting a registered gas installer to look into it.

 

Gas Boiler Service Dublin

When you need a gas boiler service in Dublin our team of fully qualified and registered gas installers are always at hand to provide you with the most thorough of services. Ensure your gas boiler is working to maximum efficiency to prevent breakdowns.

Call us today on 01 969 5219 or email info@gassafe.ie today.

Things To Consider Before A Gas Boiler Replacement

There will come a time when you need a gas boiler replacement. Perhaps for this very reason you are here today reading our blog post. A boiler replacement is not cheap so it’s important to make an informed decision before you invest in one.

The standard boiler lasts for 10-15 years. Anything longer than this amount of time and you run the risk of causing problems for yourself in the long run. According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) after 15 years gas boilers efficiency can drop to 60%.

In terms of your peace of mind, a gas boiler replacement is also safer and vastly more reliable than older gas boilers. They are such a crucial part of your central heating system that you want to make the right decisions which will effect the next decade and more of your home life.

Without further ado, here are a few things to consider before a gas boiler replacement.

Boiler Assessment Before Replacement

It is always advisable to get your boiler checked by a Registered Gas Installer (RGI) first and foremost before investing in a replacement. Leave it to the professionals to determine if you really do require a new boiler or if you need a few moving parts upgraded instead.

A Registered Gas Installer will assess the overall efficiency of your boiler at present and make an educated decision, while taking into account your home heating requirements. You should ask them upon their visit the size and type of boiler they recommend for your house to weigh up all options.

Our gas boiler service analyses your boilers flue condition, working pressure and any spillages. Put simply, one of our engineers at Gas Safe will ensure everything is in working order.

Understand The Type Of Boiler You Need

While a Registered Gas Installer can explain what type and size of boiler you need for a gas boiler replacement there is no harm in doing your research. We are going to break it down for you right now as we find the average joe does not understand the ins and outs of boiler replacements. There are three main types of gas boilers in Ireland. These are combi boilers, heat-only boilers and system boilers.

  • A combi boiler, also known as a combination boiler, is a popular choice for gas condensing boilers on the market. Conventional boilers heat separate tanks for your hot water and radiators. With a combi boiler both heat and hot water are provided on demand from the same unit.
  • A heat-only boiler, also known as a conventional boiler, uses a storage system to conserve hot water for later use. They are more suitable to larger houses or if you live with two or more people.
  • A system boiler is similar to a heat-only boiler where it focuses primarily on heat that works alongside your central heating system. A system boiler has more components and is most suitable for a family home where a lot of hot water is in demand. A separate hot water tank exists which takes some time to heat up in contrast with a combi boiler.

Gas Boiler Replacement Grant Scheme

The SEAI have a grant scheme in place for homeowners wishing to upgrade to a high efficiency condensing boiler. Under the Better Energy Homes Scheme, those who wish to improve their energy efficiency at home, such as purchasing a new oil or gas boiler can receive up to €700 towards the cost.

All homeowners with a home built before 2006 may apply for a gas boiler replacement grant in Ireland. It should be noted that work must commence after grant approval. Further information on the list of criteria for the Better Energy Homes Scheme can be found here.

Gas Boiler Replacement Advice

For gas boiler replacement advice Gas Safe are your one-stop-shop. Always remember, your gas boiler should be installed by a qualified and experienced boiler installer. Under law only Registered Gas Installers may carry out any domestic gas installation work.

Call us today on 01 969 5219 or email info@gassafe.ie for all your heating and plumbing requirements throughout Ireland.

Investing In Our Oil Boiler Service

All heating appliances require regular maintenance and servicing to ensure everything is working smoothly but above all else, ensuring everything is safe. Safety must be the priority.

Always use registered engineers to provide your oil boiler service. They are the only one’s who are qualified under law in checking your oil boiler is installed correctly.

Service Your Oil Boiler Once A Year, Says Experts

According to experts, including the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), ideally you should be investing in an oil boiler service annually.

For a boiler to last the standard amount of time (15 years) or longer, an annual service is vital. This could prevent the need for costly repair works along the way which your wallet won’t thank you for. Small issues can become larger and cost you more money if gone unnoticed and unchecked.

An older boiler is more susceptible to producing carbon monoxide if not serviced regularly. Known as the “silent killer”, carbon monoxide is ouderless and invisible so you won’t realise anything is out of the ordinary. It’s also highly poisonous, making it highly dangerous. High levels of carbon monoxide exposure can lead to loss of consciousness, coma and death.

What’s Included In Oil Boiler Service

Some of the works carried out with an oil boiler service include:

  • Checks for water leaks in and around your oil boiler
  • Ensuring there are no oil leaks
  • Checking for appropriately positioned carbon monoxide alarms
  • Full flue gas analysis
  • Cleaning of fan assembly/burner assembly/heat exchanger
  • Overall inspection of oil boiler key components

Signs You Need An Oil Boiler Service

Ok, so we have covered advice from the experts and what’s involved but how do you know you may need an oil boiler service? If your oil boiler is making strange noises then signs point to you need an oil boiler service.

Often due to wear and tear, an oil boiler will make loud noises that are uncommon with a standard working boiler. If this is the case then it is advisable to get an oil boiler service quickly.

Smell something off? A strange odour emitting from your oil boiler can mean an oil leak. If left unchecked carbon monoxide poisoning could occur.

A warning sign you need an oil boiler service is your home stays cold even with the heating on and your radiators are in working order.

Don’t leave it too late though for the signs to show, keep on top of things by having a regular oil boiler service to prevent the worst from happening.

Choosing The Right Oil Boiler Service Provider

One of Ireland’s leading oil boiler service providers, Gas Safe is dedicated to making your homes safer and put your mind at ease.

We are proud members of the Gas Safety Supervisory Body of Ireland (Register of Gas Installers of Ireland). Our fully qualified engineers are at hand so call us today and ensure a safer and happier home for all!

Bleeding Radiators Isn’t Complicated, We Are Here To Help

Everything might be ok with your home heating system now but don’t let it get to the point when something goes wrong, keep on top of things by regularly maintaining and bleeding radiators in your home.

Ease your mind by getting the know-how on how bleeding radiators can increase your home heating efficiency, cut back on bills and keep everything running smoothly.

The Warning Signs

There are some signs to forewarn you when bleeding radiators should be on the cards. First, when a problem arises and you notice your central heating system is not heating your home efficiently then the need for bleeding radiators must be considered.

What happens is tiny little air bubbles can become trapped in your radiators. This affects the circulation of hot water within them and in turn makes a radiator take longer to heat up and not work at maximum potential. You then end up having your central heating system switched on for longer and this all adds up to costs on your bill.

How To Bleed A Radiator

There are several steps to bleeding radiators which we’ve outlined below in simple bullet points so that you can do it yourself.

  1. The first step is checking whether or not your radiators need to bled while the central heating system is warmed up. Start by checking the radiators in your house for cold spots. If the radiator is warm in parts but cold in others then your radiator needs to be bled.
  2. Do not attempt the process of bleeding radiators when the central heating system is switched on. Our second step is to switch your central heating system off and let the radiators cool down before you do anything. This is to prevent boiling water from leaking out while bleeding radiators.
  3. Gather some towels, maybe even a basin and a radiator key together.
  4. Place the towels underneath your radiator to soak up spills.
  5. Locate the square bleed screw at the top corner of your radiator and do this with a towel or cloth along with. Open it with the radiator key by turning the key anti clockwise.
  6. As you do this you will hear a hissing noise. This is the trapped air being released. Once water spills from the square bleed valve this is the sign all air has been released.
  7. Clean up all the spills and retighten the square bleed valve. Turn back on the central heating system and wait for the radiators to reheat.
  8. Repeat Step 1 to check all is well. You may need to bleed a radiator twice but if the problem persists then you can contact us for assistance.

And there you have it. You are now equipped with the knowledge of the signs bleeding radiators in your home may be necessary and how to do this by yourself.

Gas Safe is located at 12A Nutgrove Enterprise Park, Nutgrove Way, Rathfarnham in Dublin 14. To contact us with any heating and plumbing concerns you may have we’re only a phone call or an email away. Simply call us on  (01) 5367634 or drop us a line at info@gassafe.ie and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Signs You Need A Boiler Replacement

Winter is coming and it’s time to check up on your boiler. As it gets colder outside there’s a greater need for warmth inside and it’s definitely crispy out there. In the depths of Winter the last thing you want is for your boiler to give up. Prepare now and save the chance of a disaster occurring. It might just be time to get a boiler replacement.

How Long Does A Boiler Generally Last For?

Before considering to get a boiler replacement you should be aware of how long a boiler lasts for.

The traditional boilers life span is 10 to 15 years. Over time a boilers efficiency lowers so if you have a boiler for this length of time then it may be wise to consider a boiler replacement.

With this in mind, you’ll need a boiler assessment. Gas Safe can help you there. Our trained and expert engineers will assess if you need a boiler replacement or if you need boiler parts upgraded.

The Need for Annual Servicing

If you want your boiler to last for the standard amount of time or longer an annual service is something to keep in mind to ensure everything is working correctly. This could prevent the need for a boiler replacement before the standard time.

Small issues can become larger and cost you more money if gone unnoticed and unchecked. An older boiler is more susceptible to producing carbon monoxide if not serviced regularly. As carbon monoxide is ouderless and invisible you won’t realise anything is out of the ordinary. It’s also highly poisonous making it highly dangerous. There’s a reason why carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer”.

Signs You Need A Boiler Replacement

It’s time for a boiler replacement when you’re experiencing the following signs:

  • Your boiler is over 10 years old
  • You have no hot water or heating
  • Your boiler keeps breaking down or shutting off
  • Your boiler is leaking
  • Your radiators aren’t heating up
  • You have are hearing gurgling or banging noises coming from your boiler

Regular Boiler Servicing

At Gas Safe we offer regular boiler servicing to our customers.

We are equipped to handle almost all boiler related work so don’t be shy. Drop us an email via info@gassafe.ie or call us on 01 969 5219.

All our engineers are fully qualified and meet RGI standards.

Investing in a Boiler Replacement Can Save You Money In The Long Run

Did you know that getting a boiler replacement will save you money in the long run? Instead of upgrading and replacing spare parts which is going to add up, buying a new boiler is more cost efficient.

A replacement boiler also saves money on home heating costs. Gas Safe recommend the Viessmann boiler and EnviroFoam Stainless cylinder installed in a 4 pipe system. The 4 pipe SEAI Grant Pack can save you up to €342 a year.

Improve Energy Efficiency With A Boiler Replacement

Older boilers energy efficiency levels operate 30% to 40% lower than new boilers.

According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, a boiler replacement can reduce your energy usage by up to 20%.

How Long Does It Take For A Boiler To Be Replaced?

On average, it takes two days for the process of a boiler replacement. It takes one day to fit in a new boiler and remove the old one and it can take another day to ensure your home heating system is working as it should after the installation.

After receiving a quote an engineer will inform you of how long it will take to fit a boiler replacement.

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