Entries by Bryn Lloyd

How long do boilers last?

A typical modern combi boiler is expected to last up to 15 years before needing a replacement, depending on whether it’s a premium, mid-range or budget brand. This is only if you’re dealing with professionals who can install a boiler using the highest quality methods and practices. If they’re incorrectly installed, you could be saying […]

Boiler Filling Loop

A Boiler Filling Loop provides a temporary connection to the mains so that you’re able to repressurise and fill your heating system with water. But why might you need to do this? Although it seems like ‘common knowledge’ for those familiar with the industry, it’s helpful to know what a Boiler Filling Loop looks like. […]

Are Magnetic Filters Worth It? | A Definitive Guide

Are Magnetic Filters Worth It? The purpose of this useful component is to catch most of the sludge that circulates around your heating system. If ignored, this sludge – which can be a mix of metallic and non-metallic deposits – can build up to the point where your radiators have cold patches, your boiler’s efficiency […]

What is a Condensate Pipe?

A condensate pipe’s main function is to transfer acidic waste water produced from the boiler’s condensing process, safely away and out the property via an external drain. This is the basic definition, but if you’re unfamiliar with the different terms, components and procedures that come with having a boiler installed, things can often get a […]

What is a heat exchanger?

The purpose of the heat exchanger in your boiler is to transfer the heat produced from gas into water. This hot water then moves through the pipework and into your radiators. To put it simply, a heat exchanger is the most important component in the boiler. In a lot of ways, a heat exchanger’s role […]

Radiator Cold At Bottom

Your radiator will be cold at the bottom because of a build-up of sludge and magnetite waste. This waste deposit can make things more difficult because it stops the radiators from working at their full capacity. If unattended, a radiator cold at bottom can cause problems like the following: You can potentially ruin your boiler […]

Open Vent Boiler | Boilerhut

The Open vent boiler – also known as regular or conventional – is a very popular type of boiler in the UK. Parts include a cold water storage tank in the attic, and a hot water cylinder typically in the airing cupboard. There are slightly different variations of this setup available, but this is the […]

Boiler Kettling | What it means and what you can do

Boiler kettling is a mix of whistling, popping and bubbling sounds that come from your old boiler while it’s in operation. It’s an alarming sound for any homeowner to hear, and can easily disturb anyone trying to relax in their home. There are several reasons why a kettling sound is coming from your boiler. The […]

Diverter Valve | What they are and what they do

A Diverter Valve opens and closes to direct hot water to your taps or central heating, depending on your choice. This is the simple explanation, but you may very well have more questions to ask such as: What does a diverter valve look like? Common diverter valve problems? What should I do if I find […]