Any home appliance that uses natural gas or liquid propane (LP) gas carries a potential fire hazard. Water heaters, furnaces, space heaters, stoves, ovens, and cooker ranges can all be powered by gas, so it’s a good idea to know where the gas isolation valve is located on any of these appliances. Shutting off the gas to the stove yourself is safe only if the gas odour is faint and is clearly coming from the area of the cooker or oven.
If You Smell Gas
If a gas smell permeates the entire house, or you detect a strong smell when you walk inside your home, locate the gas isolation valve and isolate the supply at the gas meter open all windows and leave the house immediately and call 0800111999 from your mobile or a neighbour’s house or from another phone well away from your house.
Gas isolation valve
If the gas smell in your home is very strong, it is best to leave the house immediately and let the utility company (SGN) come in and check out the problem. Understanding the danger of gas leaks, SGN make this emergency inspection quickly and for free, using special sensing equipment to pinpoint the leak. The danger of explosion is very real in a house where the gas smell has filled one or more rooms, and so you should leave immediately.
If the odour of gas is faint and is contained in a small area, you can shut off the gas yourself before calling the utility or SGN. In many instances, the location of the gas smell will give you a strong hint about what appliance is malfunctioning or where the bad connection is located. If you smell gas in the kitchen, for example, it’s quite likely that the problem lies with the stove, cooker or range oven. When the smell of gas is localised in this way, it is usually safe to act quickly to turn off the gas supply to the appliance itself, but always use your best judgment, and err on the side of safety.
Instructions for safety in gas isolation valve
Use the gas isolation valve at the gas meter or connected to the appliance’s flexible supply line to turn off the gas. Building regulations now require the gas isolation valve to be located within two meters of the appliance and in the same room, so if you find an improper situation, it is a good idea to have a service person install a proper gas isolation valve. Isolation valves for standard (freestanding) gas stoves or ranges typically are located behind the appliance.
Ability provides heating, plumbing and electrical assistance in West Kent, East, and West Sussex. Powerflushing is a popular method of cleaning and maintaining a central heating system. A Kamco machine is used to send high pressured water through the system to dislodge and remove debris, limescale and sludge build-up.
Over time sludge and debris build up in the central heating system and tend to gather in radiators, pipework and heat exchangers. This sludge is a mixture of dust, dirt, and rust in the water. When debris is left radiators can become cold, valves can become damaged and if left untreated could result in a boiler breakdown.
Powerflushing will allow the debris to be removed and heat dispensed evenly throughout the system. Household bills will be reduced due to the increased efficiency of the central heating system. Also by keeping the system clean the lifespan of the boiler will hopefully be increased. However, homeowners should be made aware that once highly corroded areas have been treated this can sometimes result in leaks on the system that will need to be repaired.
After the first stage of the powerflushing has been completed a high-quality inhibitor should be pumped through the system. This will remove any existing iron oxide or calcium deposits that could be left in the system. After around 10-15 minutes a test should be carried out to make sure all deposits have been removed. If, not the process should be repeated.
Many boiler manufacturers now make the warranty dependant on keeping the system clean in line with the Compliance Guide to Part L of the UK Building Regulations
Should you feel your central heating system would benefit from powerflushing call Ability on 01892 514495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free no-obligation quotation. Our engineers will be happy to do an assessment and identify any high sludged and corroded areas within the central heating system.
Ability provides heating, plumbing and electrical assistance throughout West Kent, East And West Sussex. Providing repairs and installations of water heater, oil, and gas boilers.
We always assume when going on vacation it’s more cost-effective to turn water heaters off but this is not always the case in the long run. Dependant of age, efficiency and how long it will be shut off for are all factors that must be considered. An older water heater is likely to go wrong if turned off for a long period of time. The change in temperature from hot to cold can lead to leaks or component failure.
A relatively new water heater is unlikely to go wrong if turned off for a week or two however, some models do have a vacation mode. This turns the temperature down and just keeps it ticking over.
The only disadvantage of this is that hot water in the tank whilst above 108F kills any bacteria that may be lying around in the tank. As soon as the water is cooled the bacteria will multiply at an alarming rate. Warm water is the ideal environment for bacteria such as legionella to breed. The most important thing to remember that if the water heater is turned off or down, it must not be used until the water has heated back up to a high temperature for several hours. Hot water needs to be run through the pipes to flush any harmful bacteria away.
There are a few simple things that can save money throughout the year when using a water heater includes; adding an insulation jacket if your water heater is older and insulating any exposed pipework with inexpensive foam lagging. This will actually make a larger saving through the year than turning your water heater off when going on holiday.
Please contact Ability for a free no-obligation quotation if you would like a water heater installed by telephone on 01892 514495 for alternatively by email email@example.com
Ability provides heating, plumbing, and electrical assistance in Kent and East and West Sussex. As always we are interested in Government development on cutting carbon emissions.
Tunbridge Wells one of our primary sites for work, officially known as Royal Tunbridge Wells, it’s one of a few towns and boroughs in England to officially be given a royal title. It came from King Edward VII in 1909, partly to commemorate the fact that his mother, Queen Victoria, had loved the town so much. Tunbridge Wells has a direct train line to London and with idyllic countryside not far from the town, along with attractions such as the Pantiles, it is no surprise that increasingly people wish to live here.
New property developments are expanding the population of Tunbridge Wells and of course, when purchasing a property the new Government regulations on carbon emissions should be considered.
Government regulators for Gas in the UK plan to replace or upgrade all household boilers by 2050. With the Government pledging to decrease UK emissions by 80 percent by 205 drastic change has to be made.
Currently, only 5% of homes are heated using a low carbon source. As from 2025 all-new builds will need to be supplied by a low carbon source as all gas boilers and gas appliances will be banned in a bit to significantly reduce carbon emissions created from residential dwellings.
The Government has come up with many ideas on how to reduce carbon emissions. The front runner is for all households to be fuelled by electricity. Hot water and heat will be pumped through pipes via an electrical pump. Storage heaters could be used rather than radiators however, this would be very costly for homeowners to implement.
Another option is for current gas boilers to be upgraded and adapted to run on decarbonised gas to lower carbon emissions rather than natural gas.
For a free no-obligation quotation for heating, plumbing or electrical works please call 01892 514495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ability is a family-owned business that provides heating, plumbing, and electrical services in areas such as Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough, East Grinstead, Paddock Wood, and all surrounding areas. Our engineers are gas safe registered and gold accredited Worcester Bosch installers. We regularly carry out gas safety checks on rental properties.
Landlords are responsible for the servicing and safety checks on their rental property. There are strict guidelines that they must adhere to and all boilers have to have a minimum of 92% efficiency in accordance with the Boiler Plus legislation.
When boilers are old and start to go wrong they are not always viable for repair. Tenants cannot be left without heating and hot water for long periods of time as this could lead to health implications. There are many makes and models of boilers and going with the cheapest option for a rental property is not always the best option. The Worcester 2000 model from Worcester Bosch offers the same high-quality but without any extras so keeps the costs relatively low. When considering a new boiler it is always important to consider the aftercare. The tenant will also be given the reassurance they have a good quality boiler.
A good quality boiler could also increase the interest in the rental property and in the longterm save the landlord money.
Heating companies are always in high demand in the winter months due to boiler breakdowns. When considering to replace a boiler a big saving can be made if the installation is carried out in the summer months. Therefore if a lot of maintenance is needed on the boiler it’s always best to replace the boiler in the summer months before it breaks down completely in the winter especially if you own more than one rental property.
If you would like a free quotation for a boiler installation please do not hesitate to call Ability on 01892 514495 or email email@example.com
Ability, are Worcester Bosch gold accredited installers. We were very excited to hear that they have revealed their new hydrogen boiler.
Gas central heating boilers highly contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases. In order for the government targets of net-zero carbon emissions to be met in 2050, the heating industry has been waiting for technological advances in boilers. Up until now removing carbon has proved difficult. With the suggestion of the UK using electricity as a substitute for gas.
Worcester Bosch was originally founded in 1962 and since then it has strived to manufacture products of the highest quality. They are committed to developing new products in the aid to combat climate change and the hydrogen boiler is a testament to that.
The boiler runs solely on hydrogen alone which means that the only by-product is water and which makes it a carbon-free fuel source.
The hydrogen boiler will mean that homeowners will not have to replace their whole heating system as previously suggested but only the boiler itself. Saving the UK household millions
The research team at Worcester Bosch has spent the past three years trying to find a feasible solution to decarbonising UK heating and the hydrogen boiler does just that.
Worcester Bosch is at the forefront of this new technology and will set a president for many more to follow. As opposed to natural gas, when hydrogen combusts all it makes is water, meaning carbon is not released into the atmosphere. It can also be manufactured with very few greenhouse gas emissions by electrolysing water using renewable energy. Finally, the heating industry has a solution!
Ability provides heating,plumbing and electrical assistance covering Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Bromley and Orpington, Crowborough, East Grinstead, Paddock Wood, and all surrounding areas. If you would like a free no-obligation quotation please call 01892 514495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ability provides heating, plumbing and electrical assistance in Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, East Grinstead, Crowborough, Heathfield, Paddock Wood, and surrounding areas. Riello burners are comprehensive products that we have used on many occasions.
Boiler burners are the functional component of boilers that provide heat by combustion of fossil fuels via a heat exchanger.
An oil burner pumps oil at high pressure from a holding tank through a fuel line. Hot gases travel through the boiler in metal tubes heating them in the process.
A gas burner is a hollow metal disk with holes punctured through its perimeters. The burner produces a controlled flame by mixing gas with an oxidizer which allows ignition and combustion within the boiler.
Boilers should be serviced annually carbon builds up on the burner and over time if not cleaned the damage will become unrepairable and a replacement burner will be needed
Riello was formed in Italy in 1920 they were the first company to adapt domestic light oil burners for use in bakers ovens. They manufacturegas, oil and dual fuel burners for both residential and commercial use from 10kw to 30kw.
Riello is durable, lightweight and compact. They have an integrated electronic control box with interrupted ignition. The burners have an automatic air shutter that eliminates heat loss to provide enhanced efficiency.
One of the advantages of a Riello burner is that it has a selector burner tool that matches the individual boiler requirements. They offer very good aftercare and technical support. They are members of the government Investors In People Scheme. Investment in training and development means technicians are experts in their field and technological innovation is second to none.
If you require assistance with your boiler or would like an upgrade please contact us for a no-obligation quotation on 01892 514495 or email email@example.com
Ability’s engineers are Gas safe Registered and provided the installation and maintenance of gas fires throughout the Kent, East and West Sussex areas. The Government’s target is to reach 80% reduced emissions by 2050 to help tackle environmental change. There will be no gas central heating in new builds from 2025.
With this in mind, it has been suggested that heating our homes will no longer be provided by gas but will be provided by all-electric instead to help the environmental change. For a household to switch from gas to electric it would cost on average £12,000 as each home would have to replace their boiler, pipes and whole heating system. The UK would have to spend millions of investment in nuclear reactors and solar energy sources to facilitate this change. Many of us not only heat our homes with gas central heating but also with gas fires and developments need to be made to make them environmentally friendly.
Over the past few years, gas fires have become significantly more environmentally friendly with them producing the same heat but using far less gas.
Currently gas supplies 85% of homes throughout the UK and we have used gas to heat our homes for over 200 years, as a result currently a gas boiler is sold every 15 seconds. Rather than converting all households to electric to meet the environmental targets, it would be cost-effective to use green gas instead.
Green gas is produced from the breakdown of grass. Grass regrows so unlike fossil fuels which have become exhausted overtime grass can be replenished. Gas mills are being developed to mass-produce green gas and it is hoped that eventually enough will be produced to supply the UK. The focus on environmental change will not only have a positive impact on the future of the planet but also have a positive impact on the reduction of energy bills too.
Ability provides heating, plumbing and electrical assistance please call us on 01892 514495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ability provides heating,plumbing and electrical assistance throughout Kent and East and West Sussex, some of the areas include Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough, East Grinstead, Paddock Wood, and all surrounding areas. We care about keeping CO emissions low.
During the colder weather many of us turn up the heating but how many of us actually think about the effect it has? It is estimated that 37% of the UK CO emissions come from heating our homes. +central heating boilers are contributing highly to bringing the UK above their clean air goals in large towns and cities they are one of the main sources of nitrogen dioxide emissions as well as cars.
Heat accounts for more than a third of our current carbon emissions. Innovative technology is needed to reduce this figure to assist with climate change. The government has pledged that by 2050 they will reduce emissions by 80%. In order for this target to be achievable changes needs to be implemented within every household. For example, if every household turned their thermostat to 19 degrees rather than 20 degrees this would significantly have a positive impact on the CO emissions.
Other measures that can be implemented to help with the CO emissions include, smart radiator thermostats, smart heating solutions, replacing old existing boilers, and fully insulating the home.
The Government are encouraging those living off the grid to consider the environmental impact of their fuel choice, by using Bio LPG as opposed to oil the households carbon footprint could be reduced by 38%
Energy companies need to invest in raising awareness of how customers can save money by driving down their energy bills and taking small solutions to help the UK meet the CO emission targets in 2050.
If you require a free quotation for a replacement boiler, smart heating solutions or smart radiator thermostats please call Ability on 01892 514495 or email email@example.com
Worcester Bosch is to offer guarantees of up to 10 years on its gas boilers. The longer guarantees are part of the company’s promise to continue to support the gas engineer community throughout 2020 and beyond.
From 1 January 2020, Worcester Bosch’s guarantees are as
• Greenstar 8000: eight years as standard or 10 years if a Greenstar system filter is fitted
CDi/Si/I/Ri: seven years as standard or eight years if a Greenstar system filter
• Worcester 2000: five years guarantee as standard or six years if a Greenstar system filter is fitted.
Martyn Bridges, director of Technical Communication and Product Management, says: “Our installers are very important to us, so of course we listen to them. Following their feedback, we are taking the necessary steps to keep them, and our customers, happy.
“Our new guarantee structure represents the first step of many exciting changes in 2020, as we continue to ensure our products reflect the evolving market and are accessible to all types of customer.”
Worcester Bosch will be hosting a Facebook Live event on carbon-free heating on 30 September 2019. It’s the second Facebook Live event from the manufacturer and this time it will be joined by representatives from Gas Safe Register, Oftec, CIPHE, and Registered Gas Engineer magazine to discuss the hot topic.
The panel will be answering questions directly from gas engineers around what new technology and fuel could help the decarbonisation of heating and hot water in the UK.
To get involved, visit Worcester Bosch’s Facebook page at 1930 on 30 September to tune into the Facebook Live event. There you’ll be able to ask your question about carbon-free heating, simply by commenting on the post.
Reliability comes top of the list of considerations when people choose their gas engineer, according to new research from Worcester Bosch who now provides a longer guarantee.