You must be kidding! You’ve been told your new boiler that has just been installed is going to reduce your gas bill. Or so your told. The new condensing boiler is very efficient, so why am I telling you it won’t be, when all the papers, advertising, and heating installers are telling you otherwise. You may have had a new heating system installed, had it flushed along with your radiators. You may have had inhibitor added, but unless you had a magnetic filter fitted, you may as well have kept your old boiler.
Black Sludge. Black iron oxide, better known as sludge, builds up in your heating system, causing boiler breakdown, decrease in circulation, cold spots on radiators and at worst blocked pipes. The initial cleaning of your heating system and added an inhibitor will put your system back to near full efficiency initially, but as time passes, the sludge will return. The inhibitor becomes less effective and a further flush will be required. Not cost effective in your eyes so it’s unlikely to happen, is it.
You may have your Boiler serviced regularly; but rarely your system. How many service engineers flush your system annually? They might top up your inhibitor, but that’s not good enough. If you liken this to the service on your car. The engine is tuned, the oil is changed along with the filter. Why; because the oil in your car becomes thick with sticky, gooey contaminants, and lowers the effective running of your car, wearing out parts prematurely. It’s no different to your central heating system. The boiler is the heart, the engine, with water running through it’s pipe work , instead of oil. You need to remove and clean out that sludge that builds up within the system and your radiators. Your not going to have a flush every year, but you can have a filter fitted, which can be easily cleaned when your boiler is serviced.
Black oxide build up can reduce the efficiency of your system by as much as 15%,. According to the experts, that measure these changes. Case studies indicate that even though heating systems have had a powerflush, with the fitting of a magnetic filter, reveals sludge still exists. Flushing had not removed it all. In addition by fitting a magnetic filter it can increase the efficiency of your existing heating installation by 6%. Again more money saving on your gas for the future. Case studies have also revealed that over a two year period the results have been so good, where magnetic filters have been fitted, compared to installations without them, housing associations are making it a matter of course, in fitting them.
A magnetic filter is a small vessel, usually fitted to your central heating system, on the return pipe going to your new boiler. It has a couple of valves, which are turned to isolate the filter, enabling the removal of the black sludge. It doesn’t have to be fitted on just new boiler installations, as it can be installed at any time, and it’s not overly expensive.
A new boiler life span is anything from 10 to 15 years, depending on the manufacturer’s quality of product. It seems common sense to prolong it’s life to the full. Consider having a magnetic filter fitted to ensure you have an efficient heating system, with lower breakdowns, and lower gas bills.
Moggridge Plumbing Limited recommends the installation of a magnetic filter such as Magnaclean or Fernox F1, in association with their Magnacleanse power flush. Contact us now on 0206412240. Or register your interest at moggridgeplumbing.co.uk, and we will contact you.
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