Boiler Plus Explained

What is Boiler Plus?

What is Boiler Plus? Under the new Boiler Plus regulations, from 6th April 2018 all new domestic gas boilers installed in England must have a minimum energy efficiency of 92%. The new legislation, which will be incorporated into Approved Document L of the Building Regulations, also requires an additional energy saving device or technology to be fitted with every NEW combination boiler installed.

Depending on the heating system and the needs of the homeowner this requirement can be met by weather compensation, load compensation, a flue gas heat recovery system (FGHR) or a smart control with automation and optimisation functions.

Whilst most out dated heating system controls could benefit from one of the above energy efficiency improvements, this new legislation currently only applies to new boiler installations.

Don’t worry, Samsian Ltd will evaluate your needs and ensure you as a homeowner can easily comply with the legislation if necessary by only offering the most suitable product based on you requirements & the type of heating system you have.

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Boiler Plus HHIC

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Load Compensation – a boiler control linked directly to the boiler speaking ‘the same language’ as the boiler, directly adjusts the temperature of the water in your radiators. The temperature of the radiators will be regulated depending on the temperature of the room. 

Weather Compensation – this system monitors the temperature outside using a sensor and adjusts the temperature of the radiators depending on the outside temperature.

Flue Gas Heat Recovery Device or FGHR – connected to the boiler flue, this device extracts leftover energy from the waste flue gases. This energy then raises the cold water temperature in a combination boiler and reduces the amount of energy / gas required to increase the hot water temperature. 

Smart Controls with Automation and Optimisation – a smart temperature and time control allows direct and remote control of the heating system using the internet & outside temperature data. Electronic thermostatic radiator valves can also split your home into separate heating zones. 

The full document can be found by following this BoilerPlus Link, or for mu information why not get in touch by using our quick and easy contact form.

Samsian Ltd knows BoilerPlus

Gledhill Boilermate Gulfstream Replacement Kings Hill

Boilermate & Systemate Replacement Options Kent

There are several models of boilermate

  • The boilermate

  • The Systemate
  • Boilermate II

  • Boilermate III

  • Boilermate 2000

  • Gulfstream 2000

Here we deal with the most common model The Boilermate 2000 which is installed in several property types in Kings Hill Kent, The Braeburn Park development in Crayford & The Riverview Park area near Greenhithe in Kent where there are large numbers of them.

Boilermate & Systemate Replacement Options Kent
Typical Boilermate Set up

The boilermate 2000 has a thermal store of hot water which is heated by a conventional boiler. Inside there is a complexed printed circuit board controlling the main operation of the unit in conjunction with 3 temperature sensors and 3 circulating pumps.

Common problems include pump failure, sensor faults, printed circuit board faults (which are rare) and worse of all – leaks.

Small repairs are generally easily resolved by parts replacement, where as leaks from the thermal store generally means the unit need replacing.

Replacing a boilermate 2000 is very straight forward albeit quite involved, especially as they were commonly installed in new build properties on higher floors & prior to any internal decoration or second fixing. The units are quite cumbersome too, requiring several engineers to assist in the extrication. We always recommend protecting the egress route too i.e. ply lining walls & lifting or double protecting carpets especially when the units are being replaced due to leaks as the water remaining after draining down can be quite dirty.

Combination boilers are not normally suited to properties where boilermates are fitted and the most common replacement would be with an unvented hot water cylinder. These are far more manageable than the boilermate and depending on the size should fit in the same space as the redundant thermal store too.

The new unvented hot water cylinder will require a full set of heating and hot water controls including a pump & programmer, wired and configured as a tradiational ‘S’ Plan.

An unvented hot water system will work differently to the boilermate 2000 but will ultimately deliver hot water to outlets at a similar pressure to your incoming water main.

Other important things to consider that your installer should highlight

  • Incoming cold water main ‘flow’
  • Incoming cold water main ‘pressure’
  • No. of people in the property / Hot water requirement
  • Unvented hot water cylinder requires a pipe routed to low level outside of the property
  • Twin coil cylinder for future solar thermal hot water
  • Boiler age and capacity
  • Location & number of hot water outlets

If you have a boilermate, boilermate II, boilermate III or boilermate 2000 problem and need advice or a quotation for repair or replacement call Samsian Ltd today on 01732 885882 or use our contact form to get in touch.

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Why we choose Vaillant

Why do we choose Vaillant?

Have you seen the recent TV advert for Vaillant boilers? Vaillant has been setting the standards in the heating market for over 140 years, creating products that have helped revolutionise the heating industry.

Samsian Ltd are proud to partner with Vaillant and are members of Vaillant’s ‘Advance’ Installer program, enabling us to offer the most up to date products with incredible extended warranty options at very competitive prices.

‘Thinking ahead’ is a culture which is embraced by both our businesses & Vaillant’s products being high in energy efficiency ratings & low emissions with their enviable reputation for performance, quality and reliability makes it simple for us to offer our customers ‘best value’ every-time.

If you need a quotation for a replacement Vaillant boiler, contact us on 01732-885882 or use our quick contact form – Or send us a tweet via Twitter using @samsiangas

We are a Vaillant Advance Installer

Vaillant Combination Boiler

Based in Borough Green near Sevenoaks & Tonbridge, Samsian Ltd are proud to have proved themselves as being one of the leading central heating & boiler installers Kent has to offer, providing central heating boiler installations in both the domestic and commercial sectors with a portfolio of domestic & commercial customers now spanning the county.

Samsian Ltd are approved Vaillant ‘UK’ Advance installers & Top Rated Checkatrade members for the TN15 & surrounding Areas

If you need a Vaillant boiler Installed and live in Kent, why not give us a call on 01732-885882 or use our quick contact form to get in touch. You can even find us here on Twitter.