Helping Your Boiler Powerflusing Problems - We all know that household bills take up a fair chunk of our hard earned money, so itâ€™s SO frustrating to see that go to waste when your central heating system isnâ€™t actually heating or you have zero hot water. In particularly extreme cases, you could actually burn your cash and get more warmth than your half hearted central heating system is providing! But fear not - help is at hand! Here at Merseyside Central Heating Ltd, we have a team of Gas Safe Registered engineers who have probably seen any and every boiler, heat exchanger or central heating problem in the 40 years weâ€™ve been keeping Merseyside warm and weâ€™re just a phone call away to offer our advice and expertise.
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As with anything gas related, you can only use qualified engineers. Weâ€™re a hardy nation so we often think we can tackle things ourselves, but the safety of your family is paramount, so using a Gas Safe Registered engineer is your first port of call. And yes we do tick those boxes here but that goes without saying really doesnâ€™t it - weâ€™ve already mentioned that weâ€™re experts.
Ok so weâ€™re assuming youâ€™re having a few problems heat wise? Without taking a look in more detail, itâ€™s often tricky to diagnose the root of a problem but there are common symptoms to your central heating system needing a power flush that we recognise. Are you experiencing any of these?
Whilst answering yes to some of these questions could suggest other problems are at play, the above problems are often caused by a build up of sludge and debris which a boiler power flush can usually solve. Giving us a call to describe your symptoms or the age of your boiler will help as the older your central heating system is, the more likely it is that you have sludge in your radiators. Obviously when the central heating system is in use, the constant flushing process pumps water around the pipes and through the boiler. They can become clogged up with dirt, debris and rust with time and this causes a build up of sludge, which being heavier than the water, settles at the bottom of the radiators where the hot water is then unable to reach.
If left unchecked, this can build up in radiators, circulator pumps, heat exchangers and pipework causing the entire system to work much harder to keep your home warm. Over time your bills will slowly creep up (along with the sludge!) but in severe cases it can also lead to bigger blockages breaking parts of your system or your boiler totally failing prematurely. If conducted properly, a boiler power flush will clear out all of that debris and have nice clean hot water running through your system faster than you can say ermâ€¦ Merseyside Central Heating??
Which leads us nicely onto why itâ€™s best to call in the experts. We mentioned calling a Gas Safe Registered engineer before didnâ€™t we? Well thereâ€™s a reason for that. If youâ€™re tempted to try this at home to save a bob or two you may like to consider the followingâ€¦
Powerflush A good power flush will send water at high velocity through your central heating system to dislodge and remove all that yucky sludge we mentioned. When you think that this is rust, dirt, limescale and debris that may have been around a while, youâ€™ll want to make sure youâ€™ve actually cleared it, as causing a blockage will cause far more problems than you started with. If your return pipes arenâ€™t returning it defeats the object and not using a powerful enough flush is likely to only clear a single path through the system and not the whole system so will be about 20% effective at best. It can also get very messy too if you donâ€™t have the right equipment to drain the sludge, debris and water into!
Time Depending on a few factors such as the age of your system, how much sludge has built up and the size of your system, the power flush can take anything from 6 to 10 hours when conducted by an expert. Imagine this process in DIY mode! And thatâ€™s IF you donâ€™t encounter any problems with blockages etc Even with an expert involved, in extreme cases it can sometimes take longer than a day to complete so this needs to be borne in mind if youâ€™re thinking of tackling this yourself.
Safety Besides the obvious point that youâ€™re dealing with gas appliances here, most power flushes are conducted with chemicals to ensure the efficacy of the process. The range and diversity of chemicals available is huge, but so is the quality of them. Even using a lesser quality engineer could see you with an inferior chemical or service, so weâ€™d always suggest sourcing at least two quotes from qualified experts to ensure they know what they are doing. Obviously weâ€™re hoping weâ€™d be at least one of those calls you make for a no obligation quote, but no pressure (pun very much intended!) but check out reviews and recommendations here too for your own peace of mind. This is definitely a case of getting what you pay for - cheaper now doesnâ€™t mean cheaper long term.
Expertise The power flush can sometimes identify other problems in which case youâ€™d need an expert to diagnose the issue. Whilst the build up of sludge can cause problems, removing the sludge doesnâ€™t magically fix them. The full process needs to be conducted properly. For instance leaving sludge removing chemicals in your system for a long time can cause more sludge to form or harden, but itâ€™s very difficult to ensure youâ€™ve completed the process properly as a novice. Another consideration is that occasionally itâ€™s cheaper to replace your system rather than repair it but youâ€™ll not have the knowledge to make this diagnosis and could waste money on the flushing process unnecessarily.
Certificate Last but most certainly not least, if you have a warranty on any part of your boiler or central heating system youâ€™ll need a certificate for any work embarked upon, as deviating from this could render future insurance or warranty claims void. We can provide a certificate to prove that the power flush has been carried out which is crucial if you need to evidence to a manufacturer or insurance provider that you have had all work carried out by a professional.
Here at Merseyside Central Heating Ltd weâ€™re a friendly bunch who like to help. Not only can we professionally deal with your boiler power flush itself as well as any ensuing problems, we can also advise you on the maintenance of your central heating system going forwards. We can advise you on how often to flush out your system for optimum performance and if you need any help or advice on your hot spots, cold spots, boilers or pipes get in touch and weâ€™ll be more than happy to help.