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How to Cover Radiator Pipes

Let’s face it radiators aren’t the most attractive items in our homes, but we put up with them because they provide us with heat in the colder months. With most of us not liking the look of our radiators, it gets even worse when we start looking at the copper pipes coming from them.

When we install a new boiler in a home or a new radiator one of the most common questions we get is “How can I cover the radiator pipes?”

There are three main ways of covering radiator pipes, these include Boxing in, using Skirting boards and using pipe sleeves.

In this article, we will discuss all three methods along with the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

How to cover radiator pipes by boxing in

Boxing in your radiator pipes is one of the most common ways of covering your exposed radiator pipes. Boxing in your radiator pipe is also one of the cheapest ways of covering copper pipe too and chances are you may have already seen this method used in your home or someone elses.

If you want to keep costs down then you can ask a carpenter to box your radiator pipe in with small pieces of wood. These pieces of wood will be cut to size and then glued around your copper pipe to hide it. You can then paint the wood to match the colour of the skirting board or if you have a radiator cover you can match the colour of that too.

The only problem with boxing in is that it’s a clumpy method of hiding pipework and can often lead to your room looking smaller than it is. It also creates harsh edges which can be sharp and dangerous to smaller members of the family.

Cover radiator pipes with skirting board pipe rebate

A more elegant solution to covering your exposed pipes is to use a skirting board pipe rebate. This may sound complicated but it’s actually a very clever way of hiding your copper pipework. The only disadvantage is that you will need to get rid of your existing skirting boards. If you are fine with that then a skirting board with a pipe rebate is a good option for you.

So what is a pipe rebate? Simply put, a rebate in the skirting board is a cut or recess made so that your central heating pipes can be covered with the skirting board. You can also use this to hide ugly wires in your home too. Skirting4U has a good explanation with images showing exactly what a rebate is.

If you are willing to remove your existing skirting and fit a new one with a 40mm pipe rebate then this is a great way of hiding your radiator pipe.

Cover radiator pipes with radiator pipe covers

Radiator pipe covers are another cheap option to cover your pipe work with and they come in a wide variety of different colours to fit the style of your home. A pipe cover slips over your radiator pipework and makes an instant change in the aesthetics of your home. A radiator pipe cover is cheap and can be changed easily if you ever wanted to change the way your home looks.

You would use radiator pipe covers if you didn’t want to open up any walls, damage plasterboard or remove the skirting. It’s a quick and easy fix for your home and you can use them to give you a neat finish.

Painting your radiator pipes to hide them

If you are working on a smaller budget and don’t want to go with the options above then the simplest, cheapest and quickest way of covering your exposed piping is to paint them. If you do go for this option you will need to make sure that the paint you use is suitable for use on pipes. Hammerite Enamel is a brand that most people turn to when they want to paint the pipes in their home. You can get this from most hardware shops or you can buy it online.

Benefits of covering your radiator pipes

Firstly you don’t have to cover your pipes at all, some people like the look of the exposed piping as it can look industrial but other homeowners can’t stand them especially when they have paid more money for designer radiators, sleek vertical radiators or an item such as a towel rail. The benefits of covering your pipes is purely aesthetic, it won’t improve your central heating system or make you more energy efficient.

If you have recently paid for radiator installation and don’t like the look of your pipes then covering them up with one of the options above will improve the aesthetics of your home regardless of the room you are in. If it comes down to budget you may want to combine the methods above as some are cheaper than others and you could use the most expensive methods in the rooms you visit more in your home.

Ideal Logic Boiler Problems

Having a faulty boiler is a massive inconvenience and if you are looking for Ideal logic boiler problems you may already have a broken boiler. If you do have a problem with your Ideal Logic boiler in this article we will look at some of the main problems that can occur with them.  

If after reading this blog post you can’t fix your boiler yourself you can give us a ring as we both repair boilers and install new boilers at affordable prices.

Before starting though, if your Ideal Logic boiler is old you should know that most boilers last around 10 to 15 years before they will need replacing. 

If your boiler isn’t old and doesn’t need replacing yet, let’s look at the most common Ideal Logic boiler problems that we see and how you can fix them.

Ideal Logic boiler timer not working

If you have an ideal logic boiler all you should need to do is put the right settings in and your boiler will turn on at the times you set at the temperature you have set. If this isn’t happening but your boiler works fine then you will have a problem with your boiler timer.

There are a few reasons why your boiler timer may not be working, and this is quite a common boiler fault that stops your central heating from firing up, it’s not just limited to Ideal Boilers.

Common causes for your boiler timer not working can include your timer being out of time with seasonal changes such as daylight savings time. Your timer may also have reset itself in the event of a power cut or it may have blown a fuse and isn’t working at all.

If your Ideal Logic boiler has a problem with the boiler timer not working I would start with checking the times are set right before moving on to seeing if the fuse has blown.

Ideal Boiler Flame Loss

If your Ideal Logic boiler doesn’t have a flame then there could be a problem with the burner, ignition or ignition sensor. You can easily identify this problem as there is no flame and your boiler will attempt to light a flame 3 times before it goes into boiler lockout mode.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a boiler fix that you can do yourself and in this instance, a heating engineer will have to be called out to make repairs to your boiler.

Ideal Boiler Status 0 – What does it mean?

When your Ideal Boiler shows the status 0 it means that there is no demand from the heating or hot water. Your boiler is basically in standby mode waiting for demand from either system.  

If you see the fault code status 0 on your Ideal Boiler try running the hot water tap to see if this brings it out of the status 0 error.

Ideal Boiler Status C – What does it mean?

If you see the Ideal Boiler Status C error on your boiler it means there is a demand for central heating on your boiler. To fix this error you will need to press the reset button on your boiler. This will remove the error and you will be able to access your hot water and central heating again.

Ideal Boiler Status D – What does it mean?

If you are seeing the Status D error on your Ideal Boiler it means that there is a hot water demand on your system. Once again you don’t have to do anything special to fix the status D error message other than pressing the reset button.

Ideal Logic boiler leaking water

If your Ideal Logic boiler is leaking water it could be for multiple reasons. There could be leaks in the pipes to your system, it could be that the pressure in your system is too high causing water to leak from a faulty release valve.  

The pressure in your system should be around 1-1.5 bars of pressure and if your boiler is losing pressure or you have too much of it in your system it will stop your boiler from working as it should.

If your boiler is leaking water you should call out a heating engineer straight away. Finding a leak in a system is difficult and it can cause damage within your home if not found quickly.

Ideal Logic boiler not switching on.

Your Ideal logic boiler may not switch on for a variety of reasons. The simplest reason for your boiler not switching on is that it isn’t plugged in and turned on. This may seem obvious, but when having a new boiler installed this sometimes isn’t done and can leave you scratching your head as to why.

If you have turned your boiler on though and it isn’t switching on then you may have a blown fuse or circuit. Your boiler may also have a faulty PCB board which will need replacing. Once again this isn’t something you will be able to fix yourself and you will need to call a heating engineer to fix the problem.

Ideal Logic boiler making a loud noise on ignition

Out of the most common problems your Ideal Logic boiler can suffer from this is one of the most frightening ones. On ignition, your Ideal Logic boiler will make a loud explosive noise which can be worrying.

The reason why your Ideal boiler makes this explosive noise is that your boiler fails to light on the first or second attempt so by the third attempt to fire up there is too much gas in the ignition chamber which then explodes on the third attempt.

To fix this problem we would recommend calling out a heating engineer as you will need to make adjustments to the sensors and valves.  

We don’t recommend that anyone tries to fix any part of their heating system if gas is involved as Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be deadly.

Ideal Logic Boiler makes a gurgling noise.

A gurgling noise with your Ideal boiler usually indicates that your condensate pipe is blocked. Your condensate pipe usually blocks during the colder months as it can get frozen so if your boiler is making this noise during the winter you should check that your condensate pipe isn’t frozen and if it is you can thaw it out.

To check the location of your condensate pipe refer to your manufacturer’s handbook when you will be able to locate the pipe and fix it.  

If you haven’t had cold weather, your condensate pipe can still get blocked so check that it isn’t blocked with sludge too.

Ideal boiler is losing pressure.

If your Ideal Logic boiler is losing pressure you more than likely have a leak in your system. You can identify leaks by looking for damp spots on your ceilings, or within your walls.

If you can’t find a leak it could be underneath the floor. Most leaks will occur where fixtures and fittings meet so be sure to check them out first. If you do find a leak you can either seal it yourself or hire a plumber or heating engineer to do it for you.

Why is my radiator cold?

In the winter months waking up to a warm house is the only way that some of us can get out of bed. If our radiators stop working, stepping into a cold room after sleeping can be a nightmare.  

If you are having problems with your radiators this post will give you some ideas on how to fix the problems that can occur with them. If they don’t go away after our suggestions you may need to consult with a plumber or heating engineer to fix your system.

All the radiators are cold

cold radiators

If all of your radiators are cold it could indicate that your boiler isn’t turned on or that your boiler isn’t firing up your central heating. This could be anything such as your boiler is losing pressure to more complex problems.

If your boiler doesn’t have pressure you may have a leak in the system or you may have bled your radiators recently so check the pressure on the system and if it’s below 1 bar of pressure you will need to repressurise your system.

If you can’t add more pressure to your system for whatever reason you may need your boiler repaired, or you could need a new boiler installed.

One radiator is cold.

If one of your radiators are cold while the rest of the radiators in your system work fine then the problem will be with that radiator. The first protocol would be to check if the radiator is turned on. This may seem like simple advice but everyone makes this mistake at one point in their lives.

If the radiator is turned on but there is no heat in it at all you should check the surrounding pipes to see if you can feel the heat in them. If the water is reaching the pipes and is warm but your radiator isn’t it could be blocked with limescale or other debris.

To fix this problem you will need to remove the radiator and flush it out. If you don’t have the confidence to do this yourself give a plumber a ring and they can sort this job out easily.

Why is my radiator cold at the bottom?

When your radiator is cold at the bottom but warm on the top it indicates that there is a blockage in the radiator. This blockage is usually caused by sludge from rust and other debris.

Limescale can also cause problems with your radiators being cold in the bottom and if you live in a hard water area this could more than likely be the reason for your problem.

If only one of your radiators is suffering from this problem you can remove it from your wall and give it a good cleaning to get all of the debris out. If more than one radiator is cold at the bottom and warm at the top you may want to consider power flushing your system.  

A power flush will clean out your heating system as it forces water and chemicals through it to eventually get rid of any debris into an outside drain. Power flushing your heating system is a great way of prolonging how long a boiler can last.

Why is my radiator cold at the top?

If your radiator is warm at the bottom but cold at the top it’s a good indication that air is trapped in your system. Thankfully there is a quick solution to this problem and that is to bleed your system.

When you bleed your radiators you will leave any excess air out of your radiators but be aware this will drop the pressure in your boiler so you will need to repressurise your boiler afterwards.

One cold radiator downstairs.

If you have a cold radiator downstairs, upstairs or generally further away from the boiler than any other radiators this could indicate there is a problem with your pump.

Your central heating pump is used to push warm water around your system but if the pump isn’t working correctly there won’t be enough power to push this water around the whole system. This then affects the radiators which are furthest away from the boiler.

If this is happening in your home you will need a heating engineer to replace your pump.

My radiators aren’t warming up my house.

If your radiators are on and they are warm but your home isn’t warming up then you either have a problem with your home’s insulation or you could have something blocking the heat from filling the room.

People drying clothes on radiators often see this problem, along with people who have large furniture in front of their radiators. If you are hanging clothes on your radiators or you are blocking them with large furniture remove the obstructions to see if this warms your home up better.

Summary

If your radiators are cold you will need to check to see if they are turned on, if your boiler is working, if air is trapped in the system or if there is dirt and other debris in your radiators, you can also check if your pump is broke if only certain radiators are effected.

If you need help with diagnosing any radiator problems please get in touch.

What should I do if my boiler is losing pressure?

What should I do if my boiler is losing pressure? It’s a question that we have been asked so many times over the last few years so we have decided to write a blog post on it.

When a boiler stops working it is a massive inconvenience to us all and one reason why a boiler doesn’t fire up your central heating is that it is losing pressure.

In this post, we will take a look at some of the things you can do to fix your boiler yourself if your boiler is losing pressure. We will also discuss when you may need your boiler repaired or a new boiler installation.

What is Boiler Pressure?

Before we get started, you will need to know what boiler pressure is and why it’s important.

Your boiler works by warming up the cold water in your home and then sending it throughout the pipes in your home to where you need it most. This could be the bathroom, kitchen, to your radiators and anywhere else you need warm water.

For your boiler to push this water around your home, it needs pressure to do so. Without this pressure, your boiler may not turn on and you won’t have warm water in your home. In modern combi boilers, this pressure is adjusted by something called a filling loop.  

If you take a look at your boilers user manual you should see what your filling loop looks like. This is important because knowing what your filling loop looks like will allow you to repressurise your system later on.

Reasons why your boiler is losing pressure

Your boiler can lose pressure for multiple reasons so when reading this post you will have to do some self-diagnosis yourself. If you aren’t sure at any time I would recommend leaving your boiler alone and talking to an expert gas engineer in Cardiff.

Reason 1 for your boiler losing pressure – Water leaks in the system.

Depending on the brand of your boiler, the pressure in your system should be between 1 and 1.5 bars. If the pressure levels are below this your system won’t fire up. The majority of the time if your boiler is losing pressure it will be down to a leak somewhere in the system.

This could be a leaky valve, in your pipes or radiators or even the boiler itself. To identify if a leak is forming you can check to see if there are any damp patches in your home on the ceilings or walls. This will usually indicate that there is a leak in the heating system.

If you can’t find a leak it doesn’t mean that it isn’t there, it could be the leak is occurring in a place where you can’t see such as behind the boiler or under the floor.

Detecting a water leak is difficult and if left untreated it will cause damage to your home and it could also have health implications as it could cause mould to grow. The majority of the time leaks will occur at joints or fixtures, so if you suspect a leak you should check there first.

If you can’t find a leak on your own, give us a call and we can help.

Reason 2 for your boiler losing pressure.

If you have recently bled your radiators the pressure in your system will have dropped below the 1 bar threshold. This pressure drop occurs because you are letting air out of your system due to your radiators not heating at the same temperature at the top and bottom of them.

Thankfully this problem is easy to fix, all you need to do is find your filling loop and open it up until the pressure in your system returns to the recommended pressure in your boilers manufacturers handbook.

When you have filled your pressure back up to the recommended value you will then need to close the filling loop to stop excess pressure from building up as this can also cause leaks in the system.

Reason 3 for your boiler losing pressure- Faulty release valve.

Boilers have a release valve in them which is used when too much pressure is in the system. If this valve becomes damaged it will cause your boiler to leak water and as a result, your boiler will lose pressure.

If your release valve is faulty this isn’t something you will be able to fix yourself and you will need a qualified Gas Safe engineer to repair your boiler.

Reason 4 for your boiler losing pressure – Faulty parts.

For your boiler to work it needs multiple parts to function if any of these parts becomes corroded or damaged in any way then your boiler will lose pressure. Unfortunately, there are many parts to a boiler so you will need a heating engineer to come out and examine your boiler.

 A heating engineer can then tell you what is wrong with your boiler and if it’s worth repairing or getting a new boiler.

Is low boiler pressure dangerous?

Rarely is low boiler pressure dangerous, it simply lacks the pressure to push the water around your home to your taps. However, as a boiler uses gas and Carbon Monoxide poisoning is very dangerous we always recommend that if you have any problems with a boiler that you should consult with an expert Gas Safe registered heating engineer.

The Majority of the time, your boiler will turn itself off when you have low boiler pressure and it will give you an error code to tell you why.

Worcester Bosch Boiler losing pressure.

Worcester Bosch boilers are reliable boilers that are very efficient, but they can still break and lose pressure. Typical error codes you will see if your Worcester Bosch boiler is losing pressure are:

  • E2, 
  • A1, 
  • CE 207, 
  • H07, 
  • 224 V, 
  • 1017W, 
  • 2970 B, 
  • 2971 B.

Vaillant boiler losing pressure.

Once again Vaillant boilers are reliable and efficient boilers but they can still lose pressure. Error codes you will see if your Vaillant boiler is losing pressure are:

  • F.24, 
  • F.12, 
  • F.22, 
  • F.73, 
  • F.75

Baxi Boiler losing pressure

If your Baxi boiler is losing pressure you should see one of the following error codes:

  • E28, 
  • E119, 
  • 118, 
  • 119, 
  • H.02 – 06, 
  • E.02 – 7, 
  • E118

My boiler is losing pressure what are my choices?

Above we listed the most common reason why a boiler may lose pressure. A leak in the system is common so if you can find one then it can be a straightforward fix.  

Sometimes all you need to do is just top up your boiler to the required pressure levels, but if you do notice your boiler is losing pressure constantly then please give a registered Gas Safe heating engineer (like us) a call as it may indicate a more serious problem.

You should also know that boilers don’t last forever and on average new boilers will last 10 to 15 years, if your boiler is older than this it could be time for a new one.

Drying clothes on a radiator – Should you do it?

Being in the UK means that we rarely get warm weather so hanging your clothes to dry on the line isn’t an option. Most of us then turn to drying clothes on a radiator, but is it a good idea?

In this article we will take a look at some of the reasons why drying clothes on a radiator is a bad idea because it can cost you more money and can even have health implications.

Is drying clothes on the radiator bad?

In short, yes. Drying clothes on your radiator is bad.

Firstly trying clothes on your radiators is going to increase your heating bills. Your clothes will act as an absorbent and as a result, the heat from your radiators will be sucked into the clothes and it won’t be dispersed into your home.

The moisture from your wet clothing will also be pushed out into the air and as it is cold it will drop the temperature of your room. So not only are you not getting the heat from your radiator but you are cooling down the room too. In essence, you are paying for heating but making your home colder.

When your home feels colder you will then turn the thermostat up which causes your boiler to work harder than it needs to and as a result, your heating bills will increase and you will also decrease the life span of your boiler which will either lead to more boiler repairs or eventually you will need a new boiler installed.

On average a new modern boiler should last between 10-15 years if you have it serviced and don’t overwork it, so by adding clothing to your radiators will mean over time you will have to replace your boiler more often.

You may think that hanging your clothes on a radiator that’s on will save you money but choosing not to dry your clothes on your radiators will have a huge impact on your heating bills every year.

Why you shouldn’t dry your clothes on a radiator – Mould and Condensation.

mould on wall from hanging clothes on radiators.

When you put your wet clothes on a radiator the moisture is going to evaporate and then condense on the walls and ceilings in your home. This moisture can then turn into mould which is dangerous for you and your family to breathe in.

Moisture in your home not only causes health issues but it can damage your home too. Damp in your home can cause wallpaper to peel and cause plaster to crack and fall off.

Most people will dry their clothes on a radiator because they think that using a tumble drier is expensive but replacing your wallpaper and plaster while having higher heating costs is going to cost much more.

How can you dry your clothes indoors without using a radiator?

Unfortunately drying your clothes indoors without using a radiator doesn’t give you too many options. Using a tumble drier in a well-ventilated room that can get rid of moisture easily is going to be your best option. An energy-efficient tumble drier isn’t going to be too expensive either.

If you don’t have space for a tumble drier and can’t hang your clothes up on the line your next best option is to get a clothes horse that you can hang your clothes on in the home.

If this is the option that you take you should make sure you are in a well-ventilated room and that the clothes horse is positioned away from any radiators.

Do not be tempted to use an electric radiator to dry your clothes either as this can cause a fire.

Summary

Hanging your clothes on a radiator is an expensive way of drying them, it can also ruin your home and cause health issues. If you do have to dry your clothes inside use a towel horse and make sure it isn’t positioned by a radiator or use an energy-efficient tumble drier in a room that has adequate ventilation.  

We do not recommend drying your clothes on a radiator.

Who Fixes Boilers?

If your boiler breaks down it can be confusing on who to turn to fix your boiler. Many of our customers phone up and explain they aren’t too sure who fixes boilers and as we offer both plumbing servicesboiler repairs and boiler installations we may be a good fit.

For those of you wondering, yes we do fix boilers.

But if we aren’t local to you, we will cover who you should turn to if your boiler breaks down and what you should look out for to not only make sure you are getting a skilled and fully trained gas engineer but they are also legally covered to work on your boiler too.

Should you call a heating engineer or a plumber when your boiler breaks down?

To a homeowner, this is a confusing question as boilers have pipes and water runs through them, so naturally, you may think that a plumber can fix your broken boiler.

Do plumbers fix boilers?

does a plumber fix boilers

However, you shouldn’t call a plumber when you need to fix your boiler, and there are a few reasons for this. To trade as a plumber you don’t need any formal qualifications, this is important because to legally fix and install a boiler you need to have a Gas Safe qualification. Without one of these, you can’t legally fit a boiler.

Although a plumber will more than likely be able to work on your heating system and fix your radiators, pipes, thermostat and even fit an entire bathroom they may not be Gas Safe registered so they can’t touch your boiler.

Do heating engineers fix boilers?

do heating engineers fix boilers

A heating engineer should be called when you need to fix your boiler.

A heating engineer is someone who is more specialised and will only work on heating problems both commercially and domestically. They will have trained to a high level and will carry out boiler installations, boiler servicing and may even be trained as plumbers too.

It’s important to hire a qualified heating engineer when you need someone to repair your boiler as boilers can give off Carbon Monoxide gas which is an orderless and tasteless gas that can be fatal.

Hiring a heating engineer to mend your boiler will ensure the safety of everyone who lives in your home. If you need your boiler fixed make sure to hire a Gas Safe registered heating engineer.

How can I tell if a heating engineer is Gas Safe registered?

As we mentioned above, any business working in the UK that deals with gas appliances must be Gas Safe registered to do so. To make sure the heating engineer you get in touch with is registered you can take their business name or business registration number and check it on the Gas Safe website.

Before having someone to fix your boiler ask them for their Gas Safe register number and give it a quick check on the website above. If the engineer doesn’t give you a number don’t let them work on your boiler.

Some heating companies outsource their work to contractors too, so if a company is registered you should also check the individual contractor who arrives at your property to see if they have the relevant qualifications too.

The heating engineer should have a valid Gas Safe ID card that will show their photo, their registration number, an expiry date, a security hologram and the business they work for. Once again if the heating engineer doesn’t have their Gas Safe ID do not let them fix your boiler.

If you call out a company or individual who doesn’t provide you with the above and you think they are trading without a Gas Safe qualification then you can report them on the Gas Safe website. By doing this you could save someone’s life.

Should you fix your own boiler?

Sometimes your boiler will break down and you will be able to fix it yourself. We did a post on the most common reasons a boiler doesn’t fire up your central heating system which shows which problems you can fix yourself and which should be left to the experts.

Some problems such as your boilers clock being set for the wrong time or your radiators have air in them are simple enough to fix, but then leaks and any problems you are getting with your gas should be left to heating engineers like ourselves simply because of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Now you know who fixes boilers.

So now you know who fixes boilers. If you have any questions or would like to speak to us about our boiler repair services please get in touch with us and one of our Gas Safe registered heating engineers will give you advice on your next steps.

Boiler not firing up for central heating.

A boiler is one of those things that you don’t appreciate until they break. When a boiler stops working the whole house is disrupted. Your kids won’t shower because the water is freezing and your partner is complaining because the radiators are cold.

We have all been there, and if your boiler is not firing up for central heating it can be a major pain, in this post, we will take a look at the most common faults that will stop your boiler from firing up.

Common problems

The great thing about new boilers is most of them will tell you an error code on the front of them. If you then look at the owners manual for this code it will give you the reason for the boiler not firing up, the error codes make it easier for you to diagnose the problem and potentially fix your boiler.

When you know why your boiler isn’t working you can then either fix the problem yourself or call in boiler repair experts like ourselves to get the problem fixed.

Disclaimer: Boiler problems could create life-threatening situations as gas leaks can be fatal. We would always recommend calling in Gas safe engineers when fixing a boiler or installing a new boiler in your home.

Reason 1 for your boiler not firing up – Your boiler has no power

boiler has no power

In order for your boiler to work it needs power, this power is used to fire it up so that it can heat your home. If the power is interrupted by bad weather, an outage or even if someone in your home turns it off accidentally then your boiler won’t be able to fire up for central heating.

Your boiler may have also tripped your circuit breaker so you can check to see if anything has tripped in your fuse box.

Electrical problems with boilers can sometimes be fixed by turning the boiler off and on again, or they could be more complex if the boiler has an electrical problem. If you have looked to see if anything has tripped and you haven’t blown a fuse and turning the boiler on and off doesn’t work we would recommend talking to an expert to get your boiler fixed.

To check if you can fix your boiler if the power has gone off you can reset your boiler by clicking the reset on the boiler and holding it down from 10-20 seconds depending on the brand of boiler. If this works the error message on the front of your boiler will disappear and a green light should appear. 

Reason 2 for your boiler not firing up – Your boiler has no gas supply.

Your boiler will run on gas (unless you are reading this after 2025) and if there isn’t a supply of gas then your boiler will not work.

Gas supply problems can come in many forms and it could be something as simple as you have forgotten to pay your bill for that month, your gas meter could be frozen or if you have had a new boiler installed it could be that your old supply pipes can’t keep up with the demand of a newer efficient boiler.

The gas valve on your boiler could also be faulty and could be leaking. Obviously, this is a big problem so if you do think that your boiler has a problem with the gas supply you should get in touch with a gas safe engineer right away. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be fatal so do not take the risk and call out an expert.

If you don’t suspect a leak, call up your gas provider to see if you owe on any of your bills and if you do pay them. If you are up to date with your bills you can check to see if your gas has accidentally been turned off in your own home. If neither of these solves the problem call a heating engineer out. The call-out charge isn’t expensive and could save your life.

Reason 3 for your boiler not working – Boiler Timer or Thermostat is broken.

broken thermostat stoping your boiler from firing up

Power outages can reset the timer on your thermostat so that it doesn’t fire up at the right time. We have seen many customers suffer from this so check for this first. Checking the time on most boilers is easy enough and a quick 30 seconds check will tell you if the boiler time is wrong or not. If your boiler timer is wrong, follow the manufacturer’s advice on how to change it.

If the time on your boiler is correct you may have a faulty thermostat that isn’t reading the correct temperature in your home so it doesn’t fire up your boiler when the temperature drops. In this case, you will need to call out an engineer to fix your thermostat.

Another reason which is simple to fix is that the temperature on your thermostat has been set to a temperature that is too low. Increase this temperature and your boiler may start firing again.

Reason 4 for your boiler not firing up – Faulty Radiators

air in radiators will stop your boiler from firing up

Trapped air in your radiators can cause your boiler to not run efficiently and can cause cold radiators. To fix this problem you are going to need to bleed your radiators.

Now bleeding a radiator isn’t hard and you can do it yourself with a little know-how. We have found a good video on Youtube showing you how to do this yourself which can be seen below:

After watching the above video you should know how to lead your radiators, but if you don’t feel confident to do so please get in touch with us and we can help you out with this.

A good way to tell if air is trapped in your radiators is to touch the bottom of your radiators and then the top. The bottom part of your radiator will be warmer than the top as the air pockets will be stuck at the top causing your heating not to work as it should. 

Reason 5 for your boiler not firing up your central heating – Frozen Pipes

frozen condensate pipe

Frozen pipes are a nightmare for homeowners in general and can cause leaks all around the house. When it comes to your boiler, the pipe most likely to freeze is something called the condensate pipe.

The condensate is often located outside of your property and it’s a pipe used by the boiler to get rid of waste. Because the condensate pipe is outside of your home it is prone to freezing.

When your condensate pipe is frozen your boiler will turn its self off to protect its self. If your boiler stops working when there is a weather change and it’s snowing outside there is a good chance that your condensate pipe has frozen.

You can thaw a condensate pipe yourself, below is a good video from Worcester showing you exactly how to do that.

Reason 6 for your boiler not firing – No pressure

no boiler pressure

A very common problem for a boiler not firing up for central heating is that your boiler is losing pressure. Domestic boilers usually operate above 1 bar of pressure and if your boiler is below this it won’t fire up.

Air in your radiators or a leak in your system will make your boilers pressure drop which will stop it from firing up. Your boiler may also not fire up if the pressure in the system is too high too.

To see what pressure your boiler should be operated at check-in your owners manual. You can then either bleed your radiators if the pressure is too high or you can repressurise your boiler to the correct levels.

You can see how to repressurise your combi boiler below:

Reason 7 for your boiler not turning on your central heating system – Faulty Burner

When your boiler burns it produces waste gases that can clog up the system. If the waste (CO2 Gas) clogs up the system it will cause your boiler to not work as it should or work at all. 

A clogged system will cause an inconsistent flame which will result in your boiler not producing heat or hot water and it will reduce the life cycle of how long your boiler can last.  

Unfortunately, if this is the problem with your boiler you won’t be able to fix this yourself. You should phone a boiler repair company and ask them to send out a heating engineer to fix this issue for you.

Is your boiler still not firing up?

If your boiler still isn’t firing up or you don’t have the confidence to tackle these problems call an expert like us and we will be able to help you either repair your boiler or install a new one if the problem is bad enough.

Boilers use gas so please be careful and if in doubt contact an expert rather than risking your families life. Call out charges aren’t too expensive and is worth it for peace of mind.

How long do boilers last?

Most people don’t realise how important a boiler is to their home until it breaks. Your boiler provides you with warm water and keeps your home warm in the colder months. When your boiler breaks you can quickly realise how important your boiler is.

Making sure your boiler doesn’t break is important as a homeowner because even though boiler installation is affordable these days it’s not something that people budget for. When a boiler breaks down and you can’t fix it, it’s an unwanted and unplanned cost.

Part of keeping your boiler running efficiently is knowing how long do boilers last and in this blog post, we will answer that exact question.

How long do boilers last?

Boilers last 10 to 15 years on average.

You can prolong the life of your boiler by getting your boiler serviced each year. Other circumstances need to be considered to prolong the life of a boiler.

More expensive boilers will generally last longer. Companies such as Bosch, Valliant and Worcester are known for their quality and tend to last longer than cheaper systems. Having a reliable boiler and can last longer than a decade is important as it saves you money and with the new boiler ban coming into place in 2025 it could save you from having to buy an expensive system that has many downsides such as a solar panel heating system.

When having a boiler installed you should also make sure that it is fitted by someone qualified to do so. Look out for gas engineers with gas safe registrations as not only is this a legal requirement but it will also mean that your new boiler will be fitted to the correct standard so you will get many years of use out of it.

To prolong the life of your boiler you should make sure the boiler produces enough energy to heat your entire home. Having a smaller boiler that struggles with the output of your home is going to put too much stress on the boiler system. This stress will wear your boiler out taking many years off its life expectancy.

When should you replace your boiler?

As mentioned above the average life cycle of a new boiler is between 10 and 15 years. If your boiler is still going strong after this you should still consider replacing your boiler as the efficiency of your boiler may have gone down over the years.

Buying a new boiler ahead of a potential breakdown will save you from having to pay nasty fees that can occur when you try to fix a boiler system. A new boiler especially if your old system is 10 years old will be more efficient and will save you money on your heating and gas fees.

If you don’t want to buy a new boiler as yours is still working fine, here are a few signs to look out for which could indicate that it’s time to replace your old boiler.

  • Your boiler needs to be repaired constantly.
  • The cost of a repair is not too much cheaper than a new boiler.
  • Leaks are being found and your boiler is losing pressure.
  • Your water isn’t as hot as it used to be or takes longer to warm up.
  • Your bills are going up for the same usage.
  • Your boiler is giving off smells.
  • Your radiators are cold.

If you are noticing any of these occurring then you should think about replacing your boiler. If you need a new boiler but don’t know what option you should go for contact us and we will be happy to talk you through the best options for your home.

Why is the efficiency of your boiler important?

During the summer you may not think too much about the importance of your boiler, but when the winter months hit, your boiler can be accountable for 60% of your energy usage around the home. Having an efficient boiler will keep your bills down and will produce the heat you need quickly.

If you are considering replacing your boiler we recommend using a hot flush within your system to clear out any sludge that could be remaining. This sludge is the remains of rust from your pipes and radiators and if this isn’t cleaned out it could damage your new boiler.

Choosing a new boiler

As part of our boiler installation service we can help you select a new boiler that is perfect for your home. We also have a quote system on that page that can automatically recommend a boiler for your home based on the rooms you have within it. (Larger homes will require more powerful boilers to keep up with the demand).

What will replace gas boilers in 2025

In 2025 traditional gas boilers will be banned from being installed in new build homes. Gas boilers will be replaced with more energy-efficient alternatives.  

The reason this is happening is to help curb CO2 emissions and become a zero net carbon country by 2050. The committee on climate change in 2019 announced that 14% of emissions come from our homes, mainly from homes using gas boilers.

Protecting the planet is obviously something we all should be striving towards, but as always nothing is ever clear with the government so this left a lot of people wondering what will replace their gas boilers in 2025 and what this actually means for them.

Today we will look at some of the potential solutions for replacing gas boilers in 2025 along with what this means for you.

Boiler Ban – What does it mean for you?

The boiler ban in 2025 will affect all new homes built from that year onwards. All new builds will be required to have a more efficient heating system that is not connected to the grid.

This doesn’t mean that homes with current gas boilers will have to replace their boilers immediately or that they will be banned from existing properties, at least in the short term anyway.

Although boilers these days are energy efficient, they still require the burning of natural gas which gives off carbon dioxide which increases the emissions in the air.  

Having a gas boiler installed means that you can’t use renewable energy sources and that is something the government is looking to fix with the gas boiler 2025 ban.

Gas Boiler Alternatives

Replacing gas boilers in 2025 will not be an easy task but there are solutions currently out there that can be used. All of these solutions will have positives and negatives and hopefully, some of the issues that could be caused will be resolved by the time the boiler ban comes into play.

At this time of writing some of the options to replace gas boilers can include:

  • Heat Pumps
  • Heat Networks
  • Hydrogen Boilers
  • Electric Radiators

Heat Pumps to replace gas boilers in 2025

Heat pumps use natural heat from the ground to provide energy to your home. They can be used in a variety of homes and have a long lifespan. However, they do have some disadvantages such as you need an entire network of pipes to make them work and this can be expensive.

Heat pumps could however be a solution to cutting down on emissions as they use renewable energy which will make your home greener. Other than cost, heat pumps don’t produce as much energy/heat as traditional gas boilers and they can also be much noisier.

Heat Networks to replace gas boilers

Heat networks could also be used to replace gas boilers in 2025 and they work by taking heat from a centralised source such as a power plant which then sends either hot water or steam to your home so you can heat it up. 

As you can imagine, most of the UK isn’t adapted to use this sort of network at this time of writing so it’s not clear if this is a solution to the problem. As you can imagine heat can get lost along the way meaning that houses further from the power plants could get lower temperatures than ones living closer.

The viability of a heat network to replace gas boilers at this point doesn’t look realistic but time will tell.

Hydrogen boilers to replace gas boilers.

Hydrogen boilers could be a good alternative to replacing gas boilers in 2025 as there aren’t too many differences between using a gas boiler to a hydrogen boiler. Firstly these boilers look the same and you could even use your existing boiler cutting down on boiler installation costs.

Hydrogen when burned doesn’t produce carbon dioxide so is considered a less toxic gas. There are problems when considering switching to hydrogen however as it costs more money to produce hydrogen and storage for hydrogen gas is also more expensive.

These costs will then be passed onto the consumer so you will end up paying more in heating bills.

Electric radiators to replace gas boilers.

Electric radiators at this point in time could be the most realistic solution for warming your home without a gas boiler. Electric radiators are very efficient in transferring electricity to heat and 100% of the energy used will convert to heat energy, this shows how good electric radiators are, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any downsides to electric radiators.

Once again the cost of using an electric radiator is far more than using gas as electricity rates are often much more expensive than gas.

Other good points when it comes to using an electric radiator is that they are cheap to install, heat up quickly, can be controlled on an individual level making it easier to regulate temperature and usually they don’t require maintenance so it can cut down on costs that you normally associate with boiler servicing.

Solar panels to replace gas boilers

The heading above is kind of misleading because solar panels won’t be able to replace gas boilers fully but they could reduce your emissions by 60%.

Unlike traditional solar panels which produce electricity, solar panels used for heating your home take in the sunlight and then store the energy to heat up a hot water tank which is usually stored in an attic. This warm water is then used to warm your home.

The huge downside to using solar panels to replace your gas boilers is that in the UK we often don’t have many sunny days so there could be days where not enough energy is stored to warm your home.

Gas Boilers in 2025

So will gas boilers be banned in 2025? The answer is no. Gas boilers won’t be banned in 2025 and existing boilers installed in your homes will still be allowed to be used. When it comes to replacing your boiler after 2025 though you will need to use a different type of heating system within your home. If you don’t fancy upgrading to one of these newer systems in 2025 now may be a good time to buy a new boiler as new boilers generally last 10-15 years when cared for correctly.

In the meantime, if you need help with boiler installation or boiler repairs please get in touch for a quote.

4 Ways for keeping your bathroom looking brand new.

The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the home and sometimes this shows as it can become grubby and old. In this article, we will take a look at some of the best ways for making your bathroom look new again.

If you end up trying these methods and still think your bathroom looks old then please get in touch with us the Plumbers Cardiff for a free bathroom fitting quote.

Bathroom renovations can be costly, but they can also add value to your home. Before deciding on a new bathroom you may want to try some of these tips and tricks first.

Replace the flooring and tiles

One of the cheapest fixes you can make in the bathroom is to install new flooring and tiles. New flooring and tiles can transform your bathroom instantly and can be done rather quickly too.

If you are in the Cardiff area you may want to look at N&C Tiles and Bathrooms on Hadfield road or Topps tiles which is also on Hadfield road. Both locations sell good tiles for a range of budgets and have a good choice available.

If you need help with choosing tiles for your bathroom we can also help.

Replace your shower screen

Old bathrooms with vinyl shower screens scream out of date quicker than a black and white television. If you have a shower screen that is old, grubby or made out of vinyl, replacing it will make a huge difference in the aesthetics of your bathroom.

Glass shower curtains are all of the rage in 2020 and can be purchased online for a small fee.

Add fixtures and fittings

Adding fixtures and fittings to your bathroom is a great way of making your bathroom new without breaking the bank. New lighting fixtures, mirrors, towel rails, and ottomans can make a huge difference in the look of your room for fairly cheap.

You could also change up the colours of the room, if for example, your fixtures and fittings were silver you could change them up this time to copper for a more luxurious feel.

Add plants

Once again a cheap solution that makes a massive difference in keeping your bathroom looking new and fresh. Not only to plants break up the design of your bathroom but they also have a calming effect and if you have ever wanted to turn your bathroom into a spa adding plants is the way to do it.

When picking plants for your bathroom make sure to check that the plant is suitable for a damp environment that gets little sunlight.

Good bathroom plants include:

  • Spider Plant.
  • Bamboo.
  • Orchid.
  • Aloe Vera.

Keeping your bathroom fresh is a great way of feeling good about your home which can save you money compared to a total bathroom revamp. With that said there’s only so much you can do to a bathroom before purchasing a new bathroom suite and matching tile set.

How to clean your bathroom

Cleaning a bathroom is a job that no one likes to do and it’s surprisingly harder than it looks. For that reason, we will be giving you our top tips for cleaning a bathroom and you should be able to go through this post and tick off section by section when you are done.

As always if you need help with any plumbing related services please get in touch with the Cardiff Plumbers

Declutter

Firstly you are going to need to declutter your bathroom as many of us tend to overfill the room with too many towels or overflowing washing baskets. Some of us also have candles, flannels, bathrobes, and bath mats that add to this clutter.

You will need to store this clutter out of sight for a little while so we can get to cleaning your bathroom. Once all of these items are in a safe place you are ready to go ahead and clean the bathroom.

Clean Surfaces

We recommend starting with cleaning the surfaces in your bathroom down as the dust and grime will be moved off of your units on to the floor where they can be swept up so you can mop the floor at a later stage.

Apply cleaning solutions

At this point, the surfaces in your bathroom should be swept and now you can move on to applying cleaning solutions to them. You should have an open window at this point along with an extractor fan turned on if you have one so any chemical smells will be removed from the room.

Apply your chemicals to the bathtub, toilet, shower, and sink units and let them soak is according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Once again your bathroom should be well ventilated to get rid of these nasty smells. If you don’t like chemical smells you could also look at making your own white vinegar cleaning solution.

Remove limescale

Limescale can be difficult to remove from a bathroom so a specialised limescale remover should be used. You can either make your own or we would recommend purchasing a limescale remover from your local supermarket. Brands we have used include Detol and Cif, but non branded cleaning solutions can work well too.

Mop the floor

The last cleaning procedure before adding all of your bathrobes and towels back into the room is to mop the floor.

We would recommend getting a separate mop and bucket for the bathroom not to spread any germs when mopping the rest of the house.

When mopping the bathroom make sure to ring out your mop as tiles can get slippery easily and will take a while to dry if overdone. This can be dangerous to others in your home and it can also be a huge inconvenience when waiting for the floor to dry so you can walk on it again.

Keeping good care of your bathroom can prolong it’s life and can make you appreciate your existing bathroom more, but if you need help with installing a new bathroom please get in touch with us for a free quote.

How to reduce your water bills.

Being more environmentally friendly should be at the top of everyone’s to-do list but sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. With the bathroom however, there are many ways in which you can become environmentally friendly and as an added bonus you will reduce your water bills too.

If you need help with your plumbing needs be sure to get a free quote from us the Cardiff Plumbers.

It’s estimated that the average family will spend between £400 and £500 per year on water bills so it’s really in your best interest to try and cut these bills down.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the ways in which you can reduce your water bills and energy consumption.

Tip 1 – Install a water meter

One of the best ways on cutting down on your water usage is to install a water meter. A water meter only bills you for the actual water that you use and for most families or couples this isn’t as much as is estimated. For the average person, a water meter could cut your bills up-to £100 per year.

Tip 2 – Use low flow fixtures

When designing and installing your bathroom you could choose to install low flow fixtures which leaves a smaller amount of water out that usual. This then uses up less water and saves you on your bills and the amount of energy used.

Low flow fixtures can be used for taps, showerheads, and toilets to limit the amount of water that is released through the fixtures. When purchasing a bathroom be sure to ask the salesperson about energy saving fixtures and the savings your family could make if purchased.

Tip 3 – Fix leaks

Leaking taps over the course of the year can cause a lot of damage to your home, but even worse it will also waste 1000’s of liters of water which you will be charged for. If you suspect a leak in your home we would highly recommend calling a plumber.

Small leaks if left will damage your home and if you suspect more water is being used than you have actually used it could be the case that you have a leak somewhere in your home.

Tip 4 – Take a shower

Everyone loves a bath after a hard day at work but if you want to save money and the environment taking a shower is better as it uses up far less water.

Although the cost per liter between a bath and a shower is small, over the course of a year it can soon add up. If you have a small to medium-sized family this cost is amplified.

Tip 5 – Buy a dishwasher

As you may have guessed by now, letting the tap run is a great way of wasting water and money. A dishwasher unlike a running tap only uses a set amount of water which long term makes a huge difference to your water usage and energy consumption.

Conclusion

Reducing your water bills while saving the planet can be as easy as following and implementing the tips above, it doesn’t take much effort either to implement these changes and long term your pockets will see the difference.

If you have any energy saving tips please share them with us by tagging us on social media. Our social media accounts can be seen below in the website footer.

How to make the most of a small bathroom

Most people think that a small bathroom is the end of the world, but with some creativity, you can still design the bathroom of your dreams.

If you are not lucky enough to have designed and built your home chances are your bathroom could be on the small side.

In this blog post, we will look at some small bathroom ideas which you can implement today, these ideas are stylish, affordable and practical for those with small bathrooms.

If you would like some inspiration check out our bathroom fitting page.

The problem that most people have with a small bathroom is the lack of space, now we can’t magically add another 30ft of space but what we can do is make the best of the space that you have. This is done with practical storage and by creating the illusion of space.

Smart furniture choices

When you have little space you have to make the most out of it with smart furniture choices. This could be something as simple as combining the toilet and vanity unit or fitting the shower and bathtub into one.

You should also look at your current storage solutions and access if they are good enough for your needs. If not you can add more storage to your bathroom. Look out for vanity units with inbuilt storage. Towel rails that can be used to hold more towels or ottomans that fit with the theme of your bathroom.

Hanging wall mirrors with builtin storage are also excellent additions to your bathroom and can declutter the bathroom.

Get rid of clutter and furniture that’s too big

It goes without saying. The furniture in your room has to fit. If it doesn’t get rid of it or put it into storage for the future.

Bathrooms can sometimes have awkward spaces that have to be accommodated for. If you can’t change the layout of your bathroom try to pick furniture or fittings that will make the most of your space.

Be clever with the tiles or paint that you pick

The amount of space in your room isn’t the same as what your eye can see. We can trick our brains into thinking we have more space than there is by being smart with the choice of tiles or paint. By tiling your floor and walls in the same pattern you are tricking your eyes by not giving them a clear boundary. This makes it hard to see where one starts and one finishes making the whole room look bigger than it is.

Add mirrors for more space

Mirrors reflect the light back in a room and can create the illusion of more space. Just like tricking our eyes with paint or tiles the mirror does the same effect. The larger the mirror the larger the illusion.

This trick is often used in restaurants to make them look more open than they are.

Conclusion

Above were just a few small tips on creating your dream bathroom in a small space. If you would like to learn more about our bathroom fitting service or any of our cardiff plumbing services please get in touch.

How to unblock an outside drain

If your sink is draining slowly or the water in your toilet rises when you flush, there is a good chance that you have a blockage in your drain.

The drain is vital when it comes to transporting waste from your home to the sewer, so when this becomes blocked you could have a major plumbing emergency on your hands.

Blocked outside drain

A blocked drain outside can cause all types of nasty problems and determining what caused the blockage can be a problem in its self. Drains can get clogged with:

  • Nappies
  • Wet wipes
  • Condoms
  • Tampons
  • Fats and Oils
  • Hair
  • Leaves
  • Silt
  • Debris

As you can see there are a wide range of items that can block your drain, so in order to unblock your drain you are going to have to find out what objects are causing the obstruction, only then will you know how to fix the problem.

Unblocking the drain

To find out what is blocking your outside drain you are going to need the following items:

  • Gloves
  • Bin bags
  • Drain rods
  • Drain unblockers

When you have all of the above you are ready to unblock your outside drain.

Firstly you are going to need to take off the drain cover which can usually be found in your garden. Take care when opening the drain as the covers can be heavy.

Once you have your drain cover open you should observe what is happening. If no water is present or if there is water inside the pipe but it’s not draining away, you have a blockage.

If your drain is blocked, take your drain rod and insert it into the blocked pipe and push and turn the drain rod clockwise until the obstruction is moved.

When you believe you have unblocked the drain, run all the taps in your home for a few minutes to make sure the water runs through the pipes. If the water flows through you have unblocked your drain, congratulations, but your job isn’t over yet.

Pour an external drain block liquid down the drain to make sure that theres no debris, muck or grease that cause a further blockage in the future. You can use products like Mr muscle bathroom drain gel or caustic soda powder.

If your drain is still blocked though I would recommend getting in touch with a professional as they will have better tools for the job at hand.

If you have a blocked drain and can’t move the blockage get in touch with the Cardiff Plumbers M and M Heating and Plumbing, we would love to help fix your problems.

How to install a washing machine.

Installing a washing machine for the first time can be a daunting task. In fact, we get many calls from our customers in Cardiff who often need assistance in installing their washing machines.

In this blog, we will take you through the process of installing your washing machine yourself, but if you need assistance please get in contact with the Cardiff Plumbers M&M Heating and Plumbing and we can help you with the entire process.

As with anything, please consult with the manufacturer’s installation instructions and you can’t go too far wrong. But if you’re still having trouble keep on reading.

In order to install your own washing machine you are going to need:

  • A sponge
  • A bucket
  • Spirit level
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hacksaw

When you have all of the above you are ready to begin. Firstly take your time to consider where you are going to position your washing machine. Are you going to position it near the tumble drier or are you going to position it as far away from your living room as possible so you don’t have to listen to the racket when it’s spinning your clothes.

Washing machine installation

  1. Connect your washing machine to the hot and cold water supply with the long hoses that would have come with your washing machine.
  2. With self-cutting valves attach the long hoses to the hot and cold water supply.
  3. Make sure you leave enough room to connect your washing machine to the electricity and slowly manoeuvre your washing machine into its final position.

If all of the above sounds too complicated please get in touch. Contact M&M Heating and Plumbers in Cardiff today.

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