Lovekin have been servicing gas boilers in Camberley, Frimley, Blackwater, Mytchett, Heatherside and Deepcut for more than 25 years. We’re committed to high quality work and great customer service! We also service gas fires and install and repair boilers and central heating systems.
Baxi Solo high efficiency (HE) stripped down for service
Potterton Kingfisher 2 partially stripped down. Floor standing gas boilers, particularly those which are open-flued are becoming less common now. Nearly all replacement gas boilers are wall hung and all of them are now high efficiency (condensing) models. For years these got bad press because so many were flaky and broke down frequently. High Efficiency (HE) boilers are generally much more reliable now, particularly from companies like Worcester Bosch.
We cover the areas around Camberley too, Blackwater, College Town, Deepcut, Heatherside, Owlsmoor, Mytchett and Windlesham.
Lovekin install new gas boilers and full central heating systems in and around Camberley, working in the GU15, GU16, GU17 and GU20 postcode areas. There’s more on our installation page.
We work with mains gas only (natural gas) not LPG.
We charge £94 to service the first appliance and £68 for each additional appliance but we’re giving new customers an introductory discount of £10, taking the price for the first appliance down to £84!
If your neighbour wants a boiler service in Camberley too we’ll give each of you a £10 discount if you arrange to have them done together. For new customers, that’s in addition to the introductory discount!
Lovekin are Worcester Accredited Installers. Worcester Bosch boilers are our first choice for a number of reasons. They have a high level of quality and reliability. As Worcester Accredited Installers we are able to extend the manufacturers’ warranty to 8 years and Worcester take their warranty commitments seriously. Their parts availability is second to none and they have a serious commitment to quality and service.
If you are looking a quotation for a boiler replacement in Camberley you’ll find more about the way we work on our installation page.
Lovekin are an unusual company. We believe in good work and good business, and for us that has a very specific meaning; it must be good for the company, the employees and the customer, providing high quality work, excellent service and fair pricing.
Over and above everything when we’re servicing gas boilers we focus on safety. We start by checking the location of the boiler, the condition and operation of the flue and the provision of an air vent to supply combustion air if one is required. Some manufacturers specify only a limited strip down of the boiler if combustion analysis figures fall within certain parameters. Beyond that, a deeper service would be required.
Unless the manufacturers specify otherwise, we check and clean the burner and injectors, heat exchanger and combustion chamber. We look for corrosion damage to the combustion chamber and check the seals. We also check the burner gas pressure, inlet working pressure or measure the gas rate.
If possible, we carry out combustion analysis using an electronic combustion gas analyser. This allows us to check the ratio of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide in the flue product. The CO/CO₂ ratio gives a good indication of the cleanness of the gas combustion. For more about how we service gas boilers see our servicing page.
Combustion analysis printout. These results are from a high efficiency (condensing) gas appliance and show clean, efficient and above all, safe combustion.
Combustion analysis on a Worcester Bosch Greenstar Ri high efficiency appliance. In our tests these boilers typically run at above 88% efficiency gross. This means that less than 12% of the heat from the gas is wasted in the flue gases. Up until 2002, most room sealed boilers were non-condensing. Huge numbers of these appliances are still around and most have an efficiency of between 79% and 82%. Compared with these, high efficiency appliances would save 8 to 10% of the gas bill but they also reduce the impact on the environment.
From time to time we come across boilers which are definitely not safe. Sometimes they appear normal but combustion figures are a long way outside the safe range. We never view this as an opportunity to “sell” a replacement. If the faulty boiler can be safely repaired, for a sensible price, we’ll sort it out. It can be simply a lack of proper servicing or adjustment that has caused the problem.
Even natural causes, like spider webs can cause problems. We’ve had a few very mild winters followed by “spidery” years! Spiders love the air inlet ducts on room sealed, natural draught and fanned flue boilers. They can produce enough cobwebs to significantly reduce the free air for combustion, occasionally dramatically affecting the combustion ratio. Thankfully, if we’re aware of this possibility, it’s easy to resolve using a long brush. If access for the brush is difficult it may be possible to send a blast of hot air through the inlet duct using a blow torch but it’s very important to know what you’re doing.
Gas fires can either have visible flames or the flames may be largely hidden as in this old radiant gas fire. The flames pass up from the burner, through the fire clay radiants, heating the finger-like projections and making them glow orange. Part of the heat is radiated out and part passes into the room by convection currents of warm air.
Precision pilot in an older appliance. They’re also called Oxy pilots, atmospheric sensing devices (ASD) and oxygen depletion sensors (ODS). We prefer the term precision pilot because it more accurately describes the way it works. If the air intake becomes blocked or the proportion of oxygen in the room air drops, the pilot flame will soften and lift away from the thermocouple tip, shutting down the gas valve and stopping combustion.
This pilot injector was taken out of a Glow-worm Ultimate for cleaning. The main burner wouldn’t light because the pilot burner wouldn’t light!
Gas central heating and boiler terminology can be confusing as the industry is seems to vary the way it uses terms from time to time. Our terminology page attempts to clarify many of the terms used!
If you are looking for information about central heating and gas boiler problems, we run a different web site recording information about fault-finding. You can find it at www.lovekin.net. There are articles about radiator balancing, system pressure, freezing condensate problems, gross and net efficiency, Grundfos central heating circulating pumps and Honeywell motorised valves.
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