Sludge in your central heating system?

Unconvinced that sludge is building up in your central heating system?

Samsian Ltd were asked to fit a MagnaClean Professional to a 10 year old central heating system in January 2012 when they carried out a small repair. In June of that year, the boiler service was completed and the new Magnaclean checked.

The photo below shows just how much thick oily sludge has built up in just 6 months.

Magnaclean
Magnaclean

MagnaClean Professional works continually by just using a powerful magnet to collect iron oxide based sludge that can occour naturally in your heating system. Without management, over time this thick oily sludge will increase & eventually clog the boiler, radiators, pipework, pump and other components.

Even a small build-up of iron oxide and non-magnetic deposits in a standard or modern efficiency boiler results in substantial efficiency loss and fuel wastage. So, not only does the system perform inadequately, it also costs more to run and maintain.

MagnaClean Professional is a proven, high efficiency, full-flow, magnetic and non-magnetic filter designed to tackle all central heating systems removing virtually 100% of suspended magnetic debris.

Ask Samsian Ltd for a quote to fit a Magnaclean when you book your next gas boiler service.

Samsian Ltd helps our armed forces

Samsian Ltd, recently teamed up with Piper Assessment to provide army personnel from the Royal Engineers with gas training.

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Samsian’s role in this unique project was to support the classroom & theory input given by Piper Assessment by placing army personnel with a qualified gas engineer to allow practical hands on training.  This unique partnership prepared the placement for their ACS assessments in several different elements including CCN1 CEN1 WAT1 & HTR1. These new skills can be used by the Royal Engineers worldwide whilst on active duty as well as in civilian life at the end of their service if they chose.

Managing Director Danny Tickner said “I am so pleased for us to have been given the opportunity to take part in this project as I have the utmost respect for our armed forces. They have a very dangerous & difficult job to do and anything we at Samsian Ltd can do to support them is worthwhile. In Britain, our level of gas safety is impeccable & in my opinion we are a world leader. This project will allow our Royal Engineers to deliver gas safety skills all over the world” 

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Danny went on to say “this year’s placement Andy was polite, confident & had a keen interest to learn as much as he could in the time he was with us & if he chose a career in the gas industry, this man would be a real asset & we’d snap him up if we could”

At the end of the placement, Royal Engineer Andy Stephens was asked for feedback on the practical training he received, and whether he found it enjoyable & worthwhile.

“Yes, the training I received was great. The engineer that I was with knew his stuff & allowed me to get hands on training at every opportunity. We worked on both domestic and commercial gas boilers, water heaters & fires, carrying out repairs as well as servicing. I picked up lots of handy tips too, the sort of things that you cant learn from reading a book! I completed an extensive portfolio too, which I can use for reference in the future“

Andy subsequently passed his ACS assessments with flying colours.

‘Well done Andy’

If you would like more information on central heating repairs or installation, use our contact form or call 01732 885882.

Vaillant boiler problem?

Are you having problems with your Vaillant Gas Boiler?

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Samsian Ltd install Vaillant boilers & repair all models from Thermocompact VUW to the latest ecoTEC models.

If you need a Vaillant Advance boiler specialist, call Samsian Ltd today on 01732 885882 or use our contact form.

What is gas safety week 16th – 22nd September?

Gas Safety Week, coordinated by Gas Safe Register, will once again see the gas industry and consumer organisations come together to promote gas safety.

Gas Safety Week 2013
Gas Safety Week 2013

Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, which can be caused by unsafe central heating systems, gas cookers or gas fires. Gas Safety Week which takes place from 16th – 22nd September 2013 aims to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions as well as carbon monoxide poisoning. Using an illegal gas fitter can put lives at risk, only a Gas Safe registered engineer should carry out gas work.

Follow these tips to keep you and your family SAFE:

  • make sure gas appliances have a regular service and a gas safety check every 12 months
  • install an audible carbon monoxide alarm
  • look out for warning signs that your gas appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room
  • make sure only a Gas Safe registered engineer works on your gas appliances. Illegal gas fitters can put your life at risk. Always check the engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card

Gas Safety Week will see events and national advertising taking place. Find out what’s going on during the week and if there’s an event in your area.

If you would like more information on gas safety or central heating & gas appliance installation or repair in general, call Samsian Ltd 01732 885882.

Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide continues to endanger British holidaymakers 

New research, carried out by Gas Safe Register, found that many Brits do not understand the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) on holiday. More than one in two Britons (53 per cent) do not recognise that a smoking charcoal barbeque in a tent, caravan, motor home or room can result in CO poisoning. More than one in three (37 per cent) do not know that using a portable camping stove inside can result in poisoning and nearly one in five (19 per cent) people do not realise CO can build up in a poorly ventilated space with working gas appliances, such as a caravan.

Should Britain suffer a cold spell this summer the threat of CO poisoning could be greater. Last year the cold weather led to the tragic deaths of Hannah Thomas, 14, in May 2012 and Isabelle Harris, six, in April 2012 after their respective families brought a barbeque inside the tent to keep the family warm.

Carbon monoxide is a highly dangerous and poisonous gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of gas, liquid gas, oil, coal and wood. You cannot see it, smell it or taste it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.

If you’re planning a trip away follow Gas Safe Register and APPCOG’s advice: 

  1. Never use a smouldering or lit barbeque (charcoal or gas), gas stove, light or heater in a tent, caravan, room or cabin, or under an awning unless it is a permanent fixture that has been installed and maintained correctly. Even if you have finished cooking, your barbeque will still give off fumes for some hours after use.
  2. Remember the six main signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and don’t confuse it with food poisoning or another holiday related illness – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. If concerned, seek medical advice.
  3. If using a gas appliance, check that it is in good order, undamaged and, where present, that hoses are properly attached and undamaged. If in doubt, get the hoses replaced or do not use it. Make sure the gas taps or cylinder valve are turned off before changing the gas cylinder and only do this in the open air. Do not over-tighten joints.
  4. Ask if the gas appliances in your accommodation have been safety checked and serviced. In the UK, the owner must do this by law.
  5. Recognise the signs of dodgy gas appliances. Black marks or stains around the appliance, yellow lazy flames instead of crisp blue flames, and too much condensation are all signs gas appliances aren’t working properly.

For more information on CO safety on holiday watch the video below & Contact Samsian Ltd on 01732 885882 if you need further advice.

Source Gas Safe Register 2013

New Gas Boilers

New Gas Boilers – Things to consider

A boiler is one of the most vital devices in our homes. They keep us warm in the winter months and provide us with hot water all year round.

As your boiler is so important and vital to your home, it is important to look after it as best you can. This means carrying out regular safety checks and attending to any repairs as quickly as possible. So, why should you check your boiler regularly?

Prevent breakdown

The boiler is central to the heating of our home, so if it breaks down it can really spell disaster – especially in the winter months.

Having the boiler regularly checked by a registered gas engineer competent do so & at least once a year, is important. But remember you can also check certain things too just by switching on your heating at the end of the summer for instance, just before you are about to start using it more regularly. As usage is reduced in summer, you might not notice any problems and could subsequently end up with a nasty surprise come autumn. In most situations, you’ll be able to see if there’s a problem before something major happens. This could be anything from the radiators being colder than they should to an unusual increase in energy usage and bills. 

It is also worth noting that older G Rated boilers are likely to encounter more problems and breakdowns. So, if your boiler is older than 10 years, check it more regularly.

Purchasing a new boiler

Boiler repairs can be expensive and the bills can really add up if you have an older model that is susceptible to breakdown.

If your boiler is getting old, investing in a new model could prove more cost effective in the long run. Not only is it likely to break down less, but newer boilers offer far greater energy efficiency than old models.

The first thing to look for in a new boiler is its energy efficiency rating. According to the Energy Saving Trust, replacing an old boiler with an A-rated high efficiency condensing boiler can save as much as £300 a year. Have a look for yourself by using our boiler efficiency calculator.

Condensing boilers are best for energy consumption as they have bigger heat exchangers, meaning more heat is recovered.

When it comes to choosing a new boiler, you’ll need to think about what type of boiler is best for your home. If you have a mains gas supply then a gas boiler will offer the cheapest heating system while a combi boiler can offer better overall efficiency.

Try out our new boiler price guide if you are just budgeting or contact us for a free no obligation quotation.