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A quick guide to boilers and boiler repair

Are you prepared for winter weather? Summer may have been too short for your liking but the seasons are changing and winter is around the corner. At this time, at the beginning of autumn, one-sixth of all households are expected to have their heating switched on, according to uSwitch. With the temperatures falling and the rain increasing, you want your home to be cosy, comfortable and welcoming. But nearly a fifth of households experienced a boiler breakdown in 2012 – inconvenient at the best of times, and catastrophic in the middle of winter. Here’s what you need to know about boilers and how you can prolong the life of your heating system to avoid boiler problems.

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Choosing your ideal boiler

The summer and the autumn is the time to check your boiler and make sure it will withstand a winter of use. If your boiler is too old and in a bad state of repair it could be more economical to purchase a new boiler rather than pay for costly repairs. The type of boiler you choose depends on your individual needs. Three main types of boiler offer different benefits.

Guide to boiler types

Combi boilers, or combination boilers, are the UK’s most popular boilers and they give you heat as well as hot water without the need for water tanks or water cylinders. Because of this you don’t need much space for a combi boiler – this type of boiler can fit in a cupboard and you don’t need to find loft space for a tank. You also receive unlimited hot water and heat with this boiler. However, it can be a problem if you are opening the hot water from more than one tap at the same time because the water pressure can be reduced.

System boilers need a water cylinder but no water tank. The water cylinder usually lives in an airing cupboard so you can use the space around it for drying damp clothes. The benefits of this type of boiler include being able to use multiple hot water taps at the same time without a reduction in water pressure. But hot water is not available 24/7 – you need to wait for water to reheat if the hot water store runs dry.

Conventional boilers are also known as regular boilers and they need both a cylinder and a water tank. This is the most costly in terms of space as you need to find both loft space and cupboard space. Plus, when the hot water runs out you need to wait for it to reheat. But you can get hot water out of multiple taps.

Signs of boiler problems

Whichever boiler you have you need to be aware of potential boiler problems in order to make repairs before you run out of hot water or heat. If your boiler is not working at all, call for boiler repairs in London by BBS plumbing. In many cases the issue is a minor one and can be quickly fixed, particularly if the boiler is relatively new.