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Oil Boiler Service in Dorset only £90 inc nozzle

Thursday 23rd May 2019

Having an oil fired boiler serviced regularly can keep it operating at its most efficient. This reduces fuel bills and saves money on costly call-out fees for unexpected breakdowns. OFTEC recommends that oil fired appliances and equipment are serviced at least once a year or as recommended by the manufacturer. There are many reasons why the efficiency of an oil fired boiler could be reduced. Here are a few: * Excessive smoke and partially burnt fuel deposits can cause soot to form within the boiler heat exchanger, restricting the amount of heat that can be transferred into the heating system water. The cleaner the heat exchanger, the more efficient the boiler will be * Oil nozzles regulate how much oil passes through the burner. The nozzles are consumable items that wear over time affecting combustion and lowering boiler efficiency. If they are not replaced, they could cause "sooting up" of the heat exchanger due to too much fuel passing through the burner * Photocells can glaze over with deposits. Photocells are an important safety feature which detect whether the boiler has lit. If a photocell is dirty it may not be able to detect the burner flame correctly and could cause the boiler to shut down randomly. Boilers frequently switching on and off will be less efficient than those running for longer periods * Electrodes can wear and attract soot and deposits. Electrodes produce a spark to light the fuel, if they are worn or in poor condition the boiler may not light. Again, causing inconvenience, inefficiency and increasing fuel cost. The Service Appliances will be inspected and cleaned. Components will be replaced as required when the boiler is being serviced. If your boiler is not serviced annually, it is at higher risk of breaking down and costing you more money. Cleaning the boiler provides a chance for the Gas Man Services to look for other tell tale signs that parts of the boiler may need replacing, and an opportunity to inspect the combustion chamber for the condition of the material and welds. Old steel heat exchangers will often leave rust marks, which can give a warning that the boiler will soon need to be replaced. This approach can limit the possibility of water damage occurring and enables replacement work to be planned, rather than having the inconvenience of trying to arrange a boiler replacement at short notice when a heat exchanger unexpectedly fails Long term damage can also occur if the boiler is not serviced regularly. During the combustion process, deposits will build up on the internal surfaces of the heat exchanger and the baffles which can decrease boiler efficiency. If left for a number of years, these deposits harden and with some designs of heat exchanger render it impossible to remove the baffles without destroying them. A replacement baffle will come at a significant cost on top of the routine service charge. Oil tank Gas Man services will visually inspect the oil storage tank and oil supply pipes during the service visit. The tank will be checked for water contamination, filter elements will be cleaned and/or replaced. Have you had your oil boiler in the last 12 months? There are a wide range of reasons why you should service your oil boiler annually. * Avoid expensive boiler maintenance issues. *Reduce the chance of breakdowns over winter. * Save money on your heating bills. * Protect your family from deadly carbon monoxide leaks. * Make your heating oil go further. If you haven't had your oil boiler serviced in a while and you'd like to book an appointment you can call us on 07516473023 we look forward to hearing from you. We are Grant G1 accredited service & Installation engineers. Common makes of boilers we are asked to service include Grant, Firebird, HRM, Viessmann, Worcester, Worcester Bosch. Areas we cover include Weymouth, Portland, Easton, Fortuneswell, Southwell, Weston, Chiswell, Castletown, Wyke, Lanehouse, Chickerell, Preston, Upwey, Broadwey, Sutton Poyntz, Langton Herring, Lodmoor, Radipole, Westham, Southill, Buckland Rypers, Dorchester, Poundbury, Martinstown, Charminster, Charlton Down, Cerne Abbas, Frampton, Portesham, Abbotsbury, West Bay, Bridport, Poole, Yeovil, Bournemouth, Broadstone, Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs, Burton Bradstock, Crossways, Wool, Swanage, Broadmayne, Warmwell, Osmington, Owermoigne, Winfrith, Wareham, Corfe, Sherbourne. Postal codes we cover DT1, DT2, DT3, DT4, DT5, DT6, DT7, DT8, DT9, DT10, DT11, BH10, BH11, BH12, BH13, BH14, BH15, BH16,BH17, BH18, BH19, BH20, BH21, BH22, BH23, BH24, BA20, BA21, BA22, BA8, BA9…

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Domestic Gas Boiler Service in Dorset only £60

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Boiler servicing is one of those things that's often overlooked and too many people don't have their boilers checked on a regular basis. Whether you're busy and forget to book your service, or you're not really convinced that it's necessary, Here are some reasons why you Should Service Your Boiler Annually & give the Gas Man Services a call. 1. You can catch boiler problems early... 2. It's easy to forget that you don't only use your boiler during Winter. You use hot water everyday, so everyday your boiler could be running into issues - you might just notice them more when Winter rolls around. 3. Having your boiler serviced annually means that your engineer will be able to identify any problems with your boiler and address them before they do any major (and costly!) damage. Problems with your boiler, no matter how small they may be, will only get worse the longer you ignore them. You don't want to leave your boiler to its own devices all summer and let it break down when you turn the heating on in November. 4. It's cheaper than replacing your boiler... 5. Servicing your boiler costs £60 which is less than you think, and it definitely less than replacing your boiler entirely. 6. Regular checks and maintenance will keep your boiler running properly, and because you'll be able to fix any issues right away, your boiler will be less likely to break down later on. A healthy and well maintained boiler will most likely last longer than a boiler that hasn't been serviced, therefore saving you money on needing to buy a new boiler 7. It'll save money on your energy bills... 8. An argument against servicing your boiler is that it costs money - and people often think that it'll be a waste; however, this isn't typically the case. 9. As part of your servicing, we will carry out all necessary checks to ensure that your boiler is running efficiently, which can actually save you money over time. Of course, the model of boiler you have, and how old it is, will determine just how energy efficient it can be, but improving your boiler's efficiency will mean that it'll use less energy to run, and will subsequently keep your energy bills low. 10. You can keep your boiler safe... 11. Not only will servicing your boiler ensure that it's running efficiently, it'll also ensure that it's running safely. 12. According to the Department of Health, 4000 people go to A&E each year with carbon monoxide poisoning, and because the symptoms (headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapsing and a loss of consciousness) can easily be assumed to be due to other common illnesses, it's crucial that you have your boiler checked on a regular basis. Servicing your boiler can give you peace of mind that your family are safe - or it'll let you know that you need to carry out repairs before a faulty boiler seriously affects your health. 13. If your boiler is under guarantee, it's common that this will only apply if you have your boiler serviced on an annual basis. 14. If you don't service your boiler for more than 12 months, this may void your warranty, so if it does break down, you won't be able to claim the money for repairs. Be sure to check the conditions of the warranty on your boiler, and if it requires an annual service, make sure you book one in on time - you don't want to be caught out. Landlords, it's the law! If you're a landlord, you are required by law to have annual gas safety checks carried out on all gas appliances in your properties - your tenants' safety is your responsibility. The required checks you need to carry out every year do include boilers, but it also includes any other gas appliances you may have - gas ovens and fires. Have you serviced your boiler in the last 12 months? Whether or not the warranty on your boiler requires you to service your boiler on an annual basis, if you're concerned about your family's safety, or you simply want to save some money where you can, there are a wide range of reasons why you should service your boiler annually. If you haven't had your boiler serviced in a while and you'd like to book an appointment you can call us on 07516473023 Common makes of boilers we are asked to service include Alpha, Alpha Ocean, AO Smith, Ariston, Atag, Baxi, Biasi, Boulter, British Gas, Broag, Buderus, Chaffoteaux & Maury, Dimplex, Electric, Elm Leblanc, Ferroli, Firebird, Geminox, Gledhill, Glow-Worm, Grandee, Grant, Hamworthy, Heatline, Honeywell, Hoval, Hoxton, HRM, Ideal, Jaguar, Keston, Lochnivar, Main Boilers, Malvern, Maxol, Megaflo, Morco, Myson, NPower, Potterton, Powermax, Pro Boilers, Radiant, Ravenheat, Remeha, Sabre, Saunier, Saunier Duval, ServoWarm, Sime, Stelrad, Thorn, Trianco, Vaillant, Viessmann, Vokera, Warmflow, Wolf, Worcester, Worcester Bosch. Areas we cover include Weymouth, Portland, Easton, Fortuneswell, Southwell, Weston, Chiswell, Castletown, Wyke, Lanehouse, Chickerell, Preston, Upwey, Broadwey, Sutton Poyntz, Langton Herring, Lodmoor, Radipole, Westham, Southill, Buckland Rypers, Dorchester, Poundbury, Martinstown, Charminster, Charlton Down, Cerne Abbas, Frampton, Portesham, Abbotsbury, West Bay, Bridport, Poole, Yeovil, Bournemouth, Broadstone, Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs, Burton Bradstock, Crossways, Wool, Swanage, Broadmayne, Warmwell, Osmington, Owermoigne, Winfrith, Wareham, Corfe, Sherbourne. Postal codes we cover DT1, DT2, DT3, DT4, DT5, DT6, DT7, DT8, DT9, DT10, DT11, BH10, BH11, BH12, BH13, BH14, BH15, BH16,BH17, BH18, BH19, BH20, BH21, BH22, BH23, BH24, BA20, BA21, BA22, BA8, BA9…

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Winter’s on its way

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

It’s Gas Safe week, make sure your appliances are safe!

Wednesday 19th September 2018

I thought that I would share this information from gas safe with you all as your safety is at the forefront of why I do this job. More than 5.5 million people in the UK are putting their health and finances at risk by not getting their gas appliances safety checked every year - which according to a new survey among gas engineers costs as little as £60. In the last year there have been more than 67,000 gas emergency call outs to homes in the UK, the equivalent of 186 every day. On top of which, the gas authority - Gas Safe Register - has found dangerous gas appliances lurking in one in six of the 142,000 homes it has inspected in the past five years. These dangers have led to six deaths and more than 300 injuries in the last year alone. Left unchecked, gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Not only can these kill you, they can also result in damage to your home which can run into thousands of pounds to rectify. Common problems associated with faulty or badly maintained gas appliances include black staining on surrounding walls, burst gas pipes, excessive condensation and in extreme cases, house fires and explosions. Having a gas safety check is a legal requirement for landlords, however for homeowners the onus is on them to get this done. Gas Safe Register is calling on homeowners to protect themselves and their property by having a safety check. So is it time to have your boiler checked just £60? Give us a call on 07516473023 or email…

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Is it time to think about getting your boiler changed?

Monday 13th August 2018

Well summer has well and truly arrived in Dorchester! It is finally nice to see some sun shining over the beautiful Dorset countryside. Unfortunately this glorious weather will all too soon turn cold and wet again. I'm sorry to say such things whilst it's so lovely out and most people are looking forward to their beach holiday, or days out on the Jurassic coast. Although winter is but a distant memory, believe it or not, this is the time to start thinking of your heating and hot water requirements. Was your boiler playing up during the cold snap? Are your radiators not heating like they used too? Were you cold over the long winter nights and complaining about the boiler? With gas prices on the rise and winters seeming longer, it may be time to replace the inefficient boiler with a modern condensing one. Or maybe the heating circuit needs a clean, allowing your radiators to give out the correct heating requirements. Even getting your boiler serviced regularly will save you money in the long run, ensuring that when winter does arrive there are no hidden surprises and possible underlining problems. Here at The Gas Man Services, a Dorset based company, we offer a quick quotation system to save you time. This will give you an estimate as to how much a new boiler will cost you, subject to a full onsite evaluation. click here. The Gas Man has all the answers to your heating and hot water needs.…

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Grant blue flame oil boilers

Monday 19th February 2018

VortexBlue Range - Internal Models Here at the Gas Man Services we are looking forward to using The Grant VortexBlue combing the existing proven condensing boiler technology with a revolutionary new blue flame. Using a new state-of-the-art Riello Blue Flame compact burner alongside the familiar Vortex oil-fired boiler, this market-leading combination gives you an easy to install, reliable product with those all-important low emissions. Grant's R&D Team have been busy developing this new generation of clean burning, low emission and high efficiency boilers for over two years, products that meet the EU emission changes planned to come into force in 2018. While the technology is very advanced, the boiler and burner combination is easy to install and set up. The cutting edge VortexBlue range consists of 15 models with heating outputs ranging up to 36kW. Available in internal, external and combi models, the boilers are compatible with all Grant EZ-Fit flues. Sealed System variants of the Kitchen/Utility range are also available. Blue Flame Technology Grant and Riello's R&D have together successfully matched and field trialled this new range of innovative appliances. As the name suggests, the flame produced is blue in colour, rather than the usual yellow colour of the standard burners fitted in our current Grant Vortex range, which results in a much cleaner combustion process. All of the Grant VortexBlue boilers operate at the very high efficiency levels expected of the Grant Vortex condensing range and have the added benefit of producing extremely low NOx emissions. In 2018, oil fired boilers installed in the UK will have to meet lower NOx emission targets. Furthermore, it is likely that even more stringent emission levels will be set in future years, so Grant have taken the decision to try and future proof oil fired appliances by moving to very low NOx, Blue Flame technology today. Features  Award winning Vortex condensing heat exchanger  90.7- 93.3% Gross SAP2009 annual efficiency  10 year guarantee when installed by a G-One accredited installer*  Outputs ranging from 15-36kW  Market-leading Riello Blue Flame burner  Familiar burner technology  Sleek white casing  Neon diagnostic indicators If you require your oil boiler upgrading then give us a call we only use the best and most efficient boilers on the market.…

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Sunday 19th November 2017

How you can stay gas safe in your rented accommodation. Faulty gas appliances and gas pipework, poor gas fittings and blocked chimneys/flues can be life-threatening - so it's important for your landlord to arrange annual gas safety checks to ensure appliances are safe and fit for use. The checks can include: Ensuring that products of combustion (fumes) are being safely removed outside via the flue or chimney; Ensuring an appliance is burning the gas properly, and that there is an adequate supply of fresh air in order for it to do so; Ensuring all safety devices are working properly and shutting an appliance off should a fault occur. It's in your best interests to let a Gas Safe registered engineer in if they visit your property to carry out a check - but don't forget to ask to see their Gas Safe ID card first! It may also be a good idea to check with your landlord if you aren't expecting an engineer to call. Gas Safety Records When a registered engineer does a gas safety check in your home, they will record all of the checks they carry out on a form. This is the Gas Safety Record, and it should list all of the appliances and fittings they've checked. If you're renting a property from a private landlord, the council, a housing association or any other landlord, they should provide you with a copy of the record within 28 days of the check being completed. They also need to give a copy of the latest record to new tenants upon the start of their tenancy. Find out more information on Gas Safety Records. If you're not in possession of a valid record for your current property, you can ask your landlord to provide this. If they fail to do so, you can report them to the HSE. Failure to follow gas safety requirements is a criminal offence and the HSE has the power to issue a formal caution and may prosecute your landlord. Student moving into a rented property? Students are like any other tenants in that your landlord needs to ensure that any gas appliances in the property are safe for you to use. As a student, gas safety is unlikely to be top of your priorities list, but knowing your rights - and the warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning - might just save your life. The six symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning could be mistaken for a hangover. To avoid this, it's a good idea to invest in an audible carbon monoxide alarm - you can buy a battery operated one at any DIY store, usually for the price of a good night at the Students' Union (£15-£20). Once it's yours, you can take it with you wherever you go next. Make sure the alarm is marked to comply with the European safety standard BS EN 50291.…

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Winters on it’s way

Friday 22nd September 2017

Remember as the weather starts to get colder - don't be tempted to block up the vents to retain heat!…

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Friday 22nd September 2017

Six simple steps to help keep you safe and warm in your home Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances. You can check the Gas Man Services at and entering 523703 Always Check both sides of your engineer's Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card. Have all your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year. If you rent your home ask for a copy of the landlord's current Gas Safety Record. Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning - headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions. Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room. Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.…

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"Counterfeit spare parts can have “quality, safety and legal implications” for installers."

Monday 29th May 2017

I thought I would share this with you all buying cheap parts on the internet could end up costing you more in the long run. The sale and use of counterfeit spare parts is currently a hot topic for the heating sector with industry experts increasingly fearful of the consequences of installers using unapproved, non-genuine spares on a gas appliance. David Willetts - General Manager of Baxi Genuine Parts - explains how they can have far-reaching quality, safety and legal implications for installers. When customers demand value for money, it's hard to find ways to make quotes more cost-effective for them to secure the business. One way that some choose to do this is to use non-genuine parts when carrying out repairs, but these cheap alternatives can cost customers and installers dearly in the long run. At the very least they can damage the boiler, invalidate the manufacturer's warranty and harm the installer's reputation - not to mention the increased risks to life and property. Current concern Members of the HHIC, including Baxi, are increasingly concerned about public safety as a result of the influx of counterfeit replacements parts for gas appliances hitting the UK market. Manufacturers are legally bound by UK and European legislation to ensure products conform to the latest safety standards and they are tested regularly to ensure compliance. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for counterfeit alternatives. Legal issues These parts are often made from inferior materials or components and are unlikely to have been through the same lifecycle testing and approvals process as genuine parts, so may not last as long or be as reliable. The installation of non-genuine parts could also have serious legal consequences for installers, which could lead to prosecution. This is because the manufacture, sale and installation of any boiler part is surrounded by a whole host of legal obligations. Legally speaking, the sale and fitting of non-genuine parts falls under three categories: parts that haven't been approved for use with gas appliances and therefore do not carry the CE mark, counterfeit parts, and parts that infringe on intellectual property. So what happens when an installer fits a non-approved spare? Firstly, any part fitted to an appliance that is different to the one specified in the manufacturer's technical file will immediately invalidate the CE mark certification of the boiler. The responsibility for the safe operation of the boiler then passes to the installer fitting the part as the manufacturer can no longer guarantee the safety of the appliance. Installers are therefore left open to the risk of prosecution should anything go wrong. While a non-genuine spare may look like it will do the job, there are many unknowns. Does it contain any hazardous materials, is it reliable, will it fit the boiler properly, will it cause other safety and performance issues? The installer won't be able to answer those questions and will not have a reputable manufacturer to go back to should the part fail or cause damage to the boiler later down the line. True or false? Of course, it's quite possible that an installer may unknowingly buy a counterfeit part. There is, then, an education job to be done to help installers identify a genuine part from a copy. If installers stick to trusted merchants, they should stay on the right side of the law. And it isn't just fake parts that installers should be wary of. Refurbished parts are also subject to legal implications and installers should be aware of those too. The General Product Safety legislation (Directive 2001/95/EC) orders that they have to be safe, fit for purpose and that whoever purchases the product is not misled into thinking it is a brand new part. One way that installers can differentiate a refurbished part from a genuine one is that - to meet legislation requirements - all markings from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) must have been removed on a refurbished spare.…

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