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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Remote Controlled Gas Fire

We promised our customer more space in their lounge, the very latest fire and all the associated work done by one company; us. This was the end result. We fitted this fire and a new flue liner about eighteen months ago but for some reason or other I didn't take a picture at the time. I was back at this customers house today doing some other work and measuring for a new dream bathroom, so took the opportunnity to take this photo. The fire is called 'Desire' and is made by Flavel. It is operated by a remote control unit similar to that used for televisions. It was the first remote controlled fire we had fitted. It replaced an old fire, hearth and surround thereby creating more space in the room. We done all the associated building work for the flue {including at roof level}, remodelling the builders opening, concealing the gas supply pipe and patch plastering. We prefer to do any building work ourselves so the continuity of the job is maintained and also to ensure all manufacturers dimensions are exact.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Commercial Boiler Room Maintenance

This is a Grundfos twin headed pump, in a boiler room in a hospital. The top pump head had failed and was tripping out on the control panel. Swapping it is a fairly straight forward job as there are isolating valves either side and the electric control box just plugs back in. An automatic air vent above the pump {the brass fitting} was leaking, as was another on some high level pipework so we took the opportunity to replace these at the same time. This boiler rooms serves some Doctors accomodation. The Doctors work all manner of unusual hours so the building requires heating almost all the time. It is therefore essential that any maintenance such as this is carried out quickly and efficiently to minimise shut downs. We hold the keys to this and other boiler rooms we maintain which enables us to respond quickly and at all times to any breakdowns or problems.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Wireless Controls

  We actually install more wireless controls now than hard wired ones. The picture is of a seven day Honeywell programmable room thermostat which we fit a lot of when we install combination boilers. As these type of controls eliminating the need to run and conceal cables there is no disturbance to decorations. Getting them in the optimum position for sensing room temperature is easier too without wires to worry about.
On all replacement boiler installations it is a building regulations requirement that controls are upgraded to current standards. As most old installations have inadequate controls we find ourselves doing a lot of this work. Even if you are not replacing your boiler it still makes good sense to have your heating system properly controlled to save money on your energy bill. We rewired a heating system this week in a house on a fairly new estate. It had never been wired up correctly in the first place and the frost thermostat by the boiler in the garage had never even been connected! So much for building inspectors! It was supposed to be a 'Y-plan' system but was a mish mash of controls by different manufacturers. We changed everything to Honeywell for wiring clarity and it's all working perfectly and most importantly, efficiently now. We are always happy to discuss and advise on any heating control issues you may have. With wireless technology it's less disruptive than you may think to get your system under proper control.