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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

How Long is a Boiler under Warranty or Guarantee?

All boilers are not the same which is why some will come with the minimum guarantee required by consumer law, which is 2 years. Many boilers now coming with a 5 year warranty or more.

Note: any guarantee may be null and void if the boiler is not correctly installed by a register gas fitter. Guarantee & warranty are the same thing.

Boiler Parts & Labour Warranty

It is important to check the details of the guarantee. For example, parts may be covered but you might have to pay for labour. The new Logic+ range of boilers by Ideal Heating come with a 5 year parts & labour guarantee as standard. Boilers by Worcester Bosch and others might also by offered with a similar lengthy warrantee period.

How Get Help through the Boiler Guarantee

In the first year or so it the boilers is not working the first point of contact should be the installer.  He will be able to check whether you are simply not using it correctly.  it is surprising how many faults turn out to be something like the power was turned off or the thermostat was turned down.

If there is a problem with the boiler, under the manufacturer's guarantee they will send out their own engineer to replace any parts.  The better companies are geared up to do this within 24-48 hours notice through the winter months.

The Boiler Guarantee

Tara Heating & Plumbing only install boilers by the best companies, those with a reputation for quality products and a good service from their own engineers when faults arise.  We usually fit Baxi, Potterton, Worcester Bosch, Ideal and Keston boilers.

Manufacturers usually recommend that boilers are serviced annually.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

How Much Will It Cost To Have a New Boiler? Will VAT RIse Make a Difference?

Without seeing your home we could not give you a quote for a new boiler.  We do not give estimates over the phone.  This is because there are so many factors to take into consideration when we get there.

How Much Will a New Boiler Cost in Kent?

Roughly speaking most home owners can expect to pay between £2,000 to £3,000 for a new boiler. There ia a useful article about replacing your boiler here.

VAT Rise & New Heating Boilers

We sometimes find that people actually get the work done a year or so after getting quotations, the risk is that the price may have gone up as costs of materials may have risen.  The impact of the rise in VAT in the UK from 17.5 to 20% means that a price which was £2,000 will have risen by £43 if you delay having a boiler installed until after the VAT rise takes effect.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Free Tips on DIY Central Heating Maintenance & Power Flushing

A local blogger in Ramsgate, Adem, has renovated his house on a tight budget with great results.  For people interested in that sort of thing his blog is excellent and I point here to his tips on cleaning the sludge from radiators:

DIY Central Heating & Radiator Sludge

Throughout my web-based writing you will find me warning that unqualified and unregistered people should never attempt DIY work on Gas Central Heating Systems.  Never touch the boiler! 
You will need to be quite a competent DIYer to clean the sludge from your rads in the way Adem describes and you need to be very strong, ideally have two people around.  Rads are remarkably heavy.

Obviously, make sure you are able to contact a plumber if you take it all apart only to find that you don't know how to put it all back together again!

Good heating engineers are used to flushing heating systems (without removing the radiators individually), it must be done if a new boiler is added to an old heating system.  Depending on the property and number of radiators it will cost anything upwards from £300 because it takes a long time to do it.  You can read about some people's experiences of power flushing here.

Finally, Adem used Tara Heating & Plumbing to do the heating jobs which he is unable to undertake and he has been happy to recommend Tara Plumbing to others.  Thanks Adem xx

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Best Time to Have a New Boiler or Heating Installed

Most people seem wait until winter to replace their central heating boiler, just when they really need it.  If you know you need a new one I recommend having it done in warmer months. 

You will be without heating for several hours, possibly a day and if you are really unlucky there might be a faulty part on your new boiler leaving you without heating for 2 or 3 days, it is rare but is known to happen.  Replacing boilers involves leaving doors open so men in big boots can go in and out to the van. 

In the winter it involves freezing cold air blowing in through a hole in the roof or wall, otherwise known as replacing the flue.  Finally, of course, the heating engineers are also really busy fixing or replacing all the broken down boilers old boilers.

I speak from bitter experience because I had a boiler replaced in the coldest month of the year when I was much younger!

Tara Heating Replacing Gas Boilers in Margate, Ramsgate & Broadstairs

We had a lovely summer here last year, but usually in previous year August has been so cold that no excuse is needed to test the heating.

In the winter Tara Heating try to ensure that our customers are not greatly inconvenienced and not without heating for too long.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Tara Plumbing do Heating Too!

When I was younger I had no idea that plumbers do gas central heating, when I talk to foreign (American) friends they are especially bewildered because they think plumbers are quite a difference species to the more high status heating & ventilation engineer.

Tara Plumbing or Tara Heating? Which should it be?

Now I know that gas heating engineers in this country will often also be plumbers although many plumbers are not qualified heating engineers? It is confusing to those who have nothing to do with the building trade, you just have to know that you don't have to be worried when a plumber turns up to install your new gas boiler, so long as he is on the gas safe register!