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Family run plumbing and heating company established for nearly 40 years. We undertake all plumbing and heating tasks and specialise in gas fitting.

Trades serviced: Gas Fire, Gas Cooker / Hob - installation / repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Electric boiler - installation / service / repair, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance

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Reviewed by martin on 25/9/2017

A great job done and even done something extra at no charge no problem in using them again

My name is Chris. I've been working as a full time qualified Plumber since 2012. I can carry out most aspects of both commercial and domestic plumbing from first fix to second fix. I'm also Just as happy to fix a small leak as I am a full refurb.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Electric underfloor heating, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing

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Reviewed by Barbara on 25/9/2017

Charming young man, absolutely bang on time, several times. Once it was decided exactly what was needed, Chris's work was exemplary; Speedy, precise and super clean. Very well done job, I would not hesitate to recommend him.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile. I've been a plumbing and heating engineer for nearly 20 years I'm gas safe registered and cover a range from installs to same day emergency work. I also renovate bathrooms one call will do it all

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Electric underfloor heating, Water underfloor heating, Bathroom

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Reviewed by Christopher on 25/9/2017

Delivered as promised.

A city and guilds certificate plumber with 15 years experience in all aspects of plumbing from an outside tap to a bathroom adaptation jobs tailored to suit your needs

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance, Power Showers and Pump

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Reviewed by Aggie on 25/9/2017

Very quick and professional service, highly recommended!

We are a Gas Safe Heating & Plumbing company. We also have a drainage and saniflo specialist.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Gas Fire, Gas Cooker / Hob - installation / repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Electric boiler - installation / service / repair

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Reviewed by Carol on 25/9/2017

Great job. Turned up as agreed. Prompt service.

I am a plumber/general builder with over 16 years in the building industry. I cover all types of work from kitchen/bathroom installations, plumbing, electrics, tiling, ect all my work is guaranteed

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Digital Home Network, Sound & Audio Visual Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing

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Reviewed by John on 25/9/2017

First class tradesman, very efficient, very polite. Will certainly use again.

30 years of experience, check out my ratings they speak for themselves

Trades serviced: Plumbing Repair & Maintenance, Radiator, Water Tanks and Immersion Heater, Septic tanks - installation / emptying / cleaning, Demolition, Waste Removal

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Reviewed by brian on 25/9/2017

excellent

Trades serviced: Gas Fire, Gas Cooker / Hob - installation / repair, Electric boiler - installation / service / repair, Radiator, Solar panel installation, Water underfloor heating

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Reviewed by Ronan on 25/9/2017

Chris was fantastic to deal with from start to finish , he is very knowledgeable of his trade . I will definitely get Chris again if I need further work needed. I highly recommend him , for any job big or small.

professional reliable electrical services

Trades serviced: Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Internal lighting, Electrical installation / Testing, Electric underfloor heating, Electric boiler - installation / service / repair, Solar panel installation

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Reviewed by Amanda on 25/9/2017

Excellent Job done and good price.

30 years DIY and friends projects. Currently at college to get city & guilds and NVQ in plumbing. fully qualified by June 2017.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Garage Conversion, Home improvements, Porch / Canopy, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building

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Reviewed by Anita on 25/9/2017

Richard did a great job, turned up on time and was good to work with.

Gas / Heating engineers - what you need to know

The most common job a heating engineer does is replace boilers. You should always use a Gas Safe-registered heating engineer or plumber to install your new boiler.

What a heating engineer can help with

  • Fitting boilers and central heating systems.
  • Regular maintenance and repairs.
  • Testing controls and safety devices to make sure they’re working properly.
  • Finding and repairing gas leaks.
  • Replacing or repairing faulty or old parts.
  • Advice about gas safety and energy efficiency.
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To get started, they’ll arrange a time to come round and look at your current setup, so they can measure up and give you a detailed quote. They might also give you price options for different boilers and talk about the brands they recommend. An experienced heating engineer will have a broad knowledge of boilers and will be able to tell you which ones provide the best value, which are most energy efficient and which are the most reliable.

Once you’re happy with the quote, they’ll fix a date to come over to install the boiler. They’ll usually supply the boiler themselves and be transparent about the cost. The bulk of the quote will be paying for the boiler itself, with labour on top. You can expect the installation to take the best part of a day overall.

The engineer will first remove your current boiler and any pipework that needs to be disposed of. They’ll then make all the adjustments needed to fit and mount the new boiler. If you’re having your boiler moved, then they’ll also need to drill out holes for ducting from the boiler and tidy up the location of the previous boiler.

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Once the new boiler is installed, with gas and water connections made, your heating engineer will test the boiler to make sure that it heats water efficiently and that it works with any central heating that you have installed. Make sure they talk you through the basic settings on the boiler, such as the thermostat and how to increase or decrease the pressure in the boiler as needed. The engineer should also show you how to ignite the pilot light.

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Combination (combi) boilers

The combi or combination boiler is the most popular kind of boiler that heating engineers install. They’re energy efficient, provide hot water on demand and will last a long time if they’re cared for properly. Water comes into the boiler directly from the mains, and is heated quickly and efficiently, before being piped to showers, taps and radiators. There’s no need for a separate hot water cylinder or tank in the loft – which makes it cheaper to install.

Conventional or regular boilers

A conventional boiler, or regular boiler, heats water in a tank that’s usually kept in the loft. The boiler heats the water in the tank, which is then piped to showers, taps and radiators. It’s good if you have multiple bathrooms that may be in use at the same time, as this system doesn’t have the problems of getting suddenly very hot or very cold, which can sometimes happen with a combi boiler system. It provides central heating efficiently too.

System boilers

A system boiler is a variation of the conventional boiler and can be confused with this more common type of boiler, so do ask your plumber or heating professional about which system you have if you are in any doubt. Your engineer should come to look at your old boiler and measure up for the job anyway, so this is the time to ask questions or advice on boiler types.

The main difference with the system boiler is that it heats water straight from the water supply, rather than relying on a cold water tank feed from your loft. This makes for more efficient hot water supply and also does away with the need for installation and maintenance of a cold water tank. For this reason, the installation of a system boiler can cost slightly less in terms of labour costs.

Costs for common boiler installation jobs

Some typical jobs Low High
Combi – no boiler currently installed £1,500 £2,500
Combi – combi boiler currently installed £1,300 £2,300
Combi – conventional boiler currently installed £2,000 £2,000
Combi – system boiler currently installed £2,000 £3,000
Conventional – no boiler currently installed £2,500 £3,500
Conventional – combi currently installed £2,200 £3,200
Conventional – conventional boiler currently installed £1,300 £2,300
Conventional – system boiler currently installed £1,300 £2,300
System – no boiler currently installed £2,500 £3,500
System – combi boiler currently installed £2,200 £3,200
System – conventional boiler currently installed £1,300 £2,300
System – system boiler currently installed £1,300 £2,300

The qualifications your heating engineer needs

Your heating engineer needs to be registered with Gas Safe, ensuring they’re trained and qualified to work with gas.

What is Gas Safe?

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The main focus of the Gas Safe Register is to improve and maintain gas safety to the highest standards. They make sure all gas engineers on the Register, over 120,000, are qualified to work with gas.

They work to protect the public from unsafe gas work through:

  • A national investigations team tracking down illegal gas workers.
  • Regular inspections of Gas Safe-registered engineers.
  • Educating consumers and raising awareness of gas safety.
  • Investigating reports of unsafe gas work.

Planning permission for heating engineer jobs

If the work is internal then planning permission isn’t normally required for installations of boilers or heating systems. However, if you live in a listed building you should check with your local planning authority.

If the installation requires a flue outside, it will normally be permitted development if certain conditions are met. See the Planning Portal for more detail.

Insurance for heating engineer work

As always, any good tradesperson should have public liability insurance, which protects against any accidents or damage to your home.

Building regulations for heating engineers

If a heating system or hot water system is to be replaced then an application may not be required, and, if it is required, it may not be necessary to apply in advance of carrying out the work. See the full details at the Planning Portal.

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Questions you should ask a heating engineer

  • Do they have public liability insurance?
  • Are they Gas Safe-registered? (They’ll have a valid ID if so).
  • What are the pros and cons of the three main boiler systems (combi, system and conventional).
  • What is the cost price of the boiler you choose.
  • Which boilers are the most efficient, reliable and easiest to maintain?

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking heating engineers.

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