Central heating system: is a magnetic filtration unit necessary?

A magnetic filter is a device that attracts rust particles that have corroded inside pipes and radiators, known as sludge, and removes it from the heating system. This prevents the boiler, pumps and radiators from becoming blocked and causing the boiler to breakdown.
When a boiler becomes blocked, water flow is restricted, which will cause:

  • radiators to not heat efficiently
  • the boiler to make unusual noises
  • radiators that are warm at the top but cold at the bottom
  • radiators that need bleeding regularly
  • the boiler pump to leak or begin to fail
  • the boiler to stop working and display an error code

To remove the sludge, a boiler engineer may have to power flush the central heating system which can prove costly. Therefore a magnetic filtration unit will help by removing the sludge from the heating system, allowing the boiler to work more efficiently and save you money.
However, the powerful magnets inside the filter only attract ferrous metal particles (containing iron or steel) but do not attract the non-ferrous materials such as copper, zinc or aluminium particles which can also block the central heating system, therefore we advise that you add a corrosion inhibitor to the system to ensure that your central heating system is completely free of debris.

A corrosion inhibitor is a liquid mixture of chemicals which is added to the water in the central heating system as a treatment to prevent rust, sludge and scale which causes blockages.

The benefits of using a corrosion inhibitor include:

  • Protection against rust, scale and sludge
  • Helps prevent boiler breakdown
  • Reduces the need to frequently bleed radiators
  • Prevents radiator cold spots
  • Increase efficiency of the entire system
  • Prolongs the life of the boiler
  • Saves on energy bills

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Bathroom Design- Some things to avoid

Bathrooms whether big or small, will add value to your home. However, they need to be designed with efficient use of space and have timeless elegance or you will feel the need to replace them prematurely. Before building the bathroom, make sure you have considered your lifestyle, space and budget because once you start it may be too late to change.

Consider storage from the beginning in order to maximise the space available, it is much harder to retro fit these plans after the event. Because we use so many products these days (both cleaning and to keep clean) you need to factor this into your design.

Choose tiles sizes and colours according to the bathroom size. Large tiles will need to be cut for a small bathroom and loose their ‘wow’, you are better off with smaller or mosaic tiles if space is limited. If space is not an issue then large tiles give a modern look and require less maintenance too.

Colours change the look of the bathroom – dark colours shrink the appearance of the bathroom. Choose light colours like creams or white shades so that bathroom looks more spacious and arguably more timeless too.

Good ventilation is a must as bathrooms produce a lot of steam. Make sure you have good extractor fan and window ventilation is plentiful, if not you may suffer from damp patches in time. Call an experienced plumber and get the best advice for proper ventilation.

Different Signs of a Failing Central Heating System

A good Central heating system is one of the necessities during the autumn / winter seasons. When it fails it changes the feel of your home – in an instant. A faulty central heating system will normally come hand in hand with a bill, and they are never welcome. Perhaps the most important factor is the potential risk to your family, so it is vital to be proactive when considering harmful gases inside your home. Preventative / routine maintenance is often cheaper than repairs too.

Here are some potential warning signs but always remember to take professional advice on any query or suspicion:

1. Peculiar Internal Noise: Any type of peculiar noise needs to be checked so call an expert for further assistance. A good system should run smoothly and quietly.

2. Smells: Be mindful of strange or gas like smells, if it is the latter seek immediate professional help.

3. High Energy Bills: Your energy bill is also a sign that your central heating system needs some repair work. If the system is not running efficiently, your bills will reflect this.

4. Inadequate heat: An aged unit with poor maintenance can also mean that your home takes a long time to heat up. Some systems are so poor that they take all night to heat up at which point its bed time and you switch it off!

5. Frequent Maintenance: When your heating system demands maintenance in between services or you find yourself getting engineers out with greater frequency, it may be time to change the boiler. This will probably save you money in the long term too.

Above are some of the signs on the status of your central heating system. It may be time to decide which course of action is best.

Boiler Services – how they can prolong the life of your boiler

In order to provide many years of safe and reliable service, the gas powered central heating boiler relies on all parts functioning correctly. Just like a car, your boiler needs annual servicing to prevent unnecessary wear and minimise the risk of breakdown. These are some examples of what is covered/ to look for but not a complete list.

  • Ensure correct gas pressure and flow.
  • Ensure the flue and combustion using (where appropriate) a flue gas analyser to make sure the boiler is burning the right mixture of gas and air.
  • Inspect water and gas pipework for corrosion and any sign of malfunction, including a number of safety checks in accordance with gas regulation (GSIUR 1998 )
  • Check that all seals are intact.
  • Clean the dirt trap, if installed.
  • Clean inside the boiler, where appropriate.
  • Check that all electrical connections are clean and in good working condition.
  • Check that fans and other key components are all clear and working effectively.
  • Check to ensure the main electrodes are in a good condition.
  • Test all safety devices for proper function.
  • Ensure that the condensate trap and pipe is not blocked.

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