Boiler Servicing £94 but for new customers we’re offering a one-off £10 introductory discount, taking the price down to £84!
Call us on 01252 334440
or you can email Paul
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Still too often we hear about visits where the engineer didn’t even remove the outer cover. Sometimes servicing can be relatively quick and if the engineer is focused it may take less than half an hour. Occasionally, with a difficult appliance it may take over an hour but it must always be more than a cursory test with a flue gas analyser.
With each service we carry out a range of checks to ensure your safety, looking at the location of the boiler, the condition and operation of the flue and ensuring that there is sufficient air for safe combustion and cooling. We partially strip the appliance and check and clean the combustion chamber, injectors, burner and heat exchanger, unless the manufacturers specify otherwise. We look for any perforation damage (rusting) of the combustion casing and check the condition of the combustion casing seals to ensure that there is no risk of poisonous flue gases entering the room.
With fan-flued and natural draught room-sealed boilers, even spider webs can significantly alter combustion. The air inlet ducts provide a welcome home for spiders and the cobwebs reduce the intake of fresh air so, where we can, we check the inlet ducts and clear out any cobwebs using basic technology, a long brush and hoover!
If it’s visible we check the flame picture, looking for clean blue flames and then, where possible, we run a combustion analysis test. This allows us to check the ratio of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide in the flue gases, to confirm that the appliance is running safely and efficiently. If necessary we’ll adjust the amount of gas burned, either by changing the burner pressure on older boilers or by altering the setting of the air/gas ratio valve on newer, high efficiency boilers before resetting the thermostat and passing the appliance as safe to use.
All our prices include VAT
If you have more than one appliance we charge £68 for each additional appliance.
If you have a neighbour in Aldershot who’d like a boiler serviced at the same time, we’ll give each of you a £10 discount. Just talk to your neighbour and arrange for the services to be done together. For new customers, that’s in addition to the introductory discount.
We work with mains gas only (natural gas) not LPG
We’re proud to be Worcester Accredited Installers
Gas Safe Registered, No. 66587
Lovekin also fit new gas boilers and install complete gas-fired central heating systems. If you need a replacement boiler or a full central heating system we’ll be happy to come and see you, listen to what you have in mind, talk through the options and provide you with a written quotation. Even if you just have questions about your existing heating system and are considering your options, please feel free to ring us. We’ll be happy to talk to you on the phone.
From time to time we are asked to quote for a replacement, based on efficiency or availability of spare parts, and we advise our customers to continue with their existing boiler because parts are still available and efficiency savings will, in their case, be relatively small. We will always tell you honestly what we think is best for you.
We also replace radiators and radiator valves, circulating pumps and central heating controls like programmers and thermostats, including programmable wireless room stats. Our installation page will tell you more about how we work. When we are installing we choose Worcester Bosch boilers. Their quality, reliability, backup and spares are first class and for the eighth year running they have received Best Buy awards from Which? for all of their Greenstar range. We’re Worcester Accredited Installers and we believe in good work. Our repair page tells you more about how we charge for fault-finding and repair. Lovekin also service and install in Tongham, Mytchett, Ash and Ash Vale.
We produce a separate web site recording information about central heating problems and fault-finding. It’s an on-going project and you can find it at www.lovekin.net. It has articles which explain gross and net efficiency as it applies to central heating appliances, an easier method for balancing radiators (which may take time but really isn’t very complicated), system pressure if you have a combi or a sealed system, condensate drain problems, faults with Honeywell motorised valves and much more…
Since central heating and boiler terminology can be confusing and sometimes ambiguous, we’ve produced a terminology page which may help to explain things. It’s not exciting reading but if you’re struggling to work out the difference between open-flued and room sealed, or between conventional, regular and high efficiency, it may help. The link is to a page on this site and will open as a new page.
We serviced this very old Vulcan Autostat in Alfonso Close in Aldershot for 13 years. It was room-sealed and combustion analysis always returned a gross efficiency figure of over 80%. It was eventually replaced when it was 44 years old and only because the new owners of the house were fitting a new kitchen. The only repair work in 12 years was one replacement thermocouple. The circulating pump (top left) was massive but was called “Junior”! It was also 44 years old.
Combustion analysis being carried out on a Worcester Bosch Greenstar Ri. These are very efficient in their use of gas, losing only about 11% of the total energy. The remaining 89% passes into the radiators (or underfloor heating) to warm the house or into the domestic hot water. The pre-mix fan which sends a gas/air mix to he burner is visible at the left. The shiny stainless steel clad cylindrical unit at the right is the heat exchanger. Counter-intuitively the burner fires the flame downwards within the heat exchanger.
Old Baxi Bermuda back boiler with the fire front and combustion front panel removed. The flame picture is OK with the red and orange tinges in the flame being caused by metallic dust particles passing through the burner. There had been some water leakage from the left hand side of the heat exchanger above the burner, as the surface rusting of the burner shows. The leakage had stopped but where water leakage onto a burner affects the combustion it makes the appliance dangerous, particularly since it is open-flued (conventionally flued) and draws its combustion air from the room and poisonous combustion products could spill out into the room. Even a small water leak, if it has any impact on combustion, would require the appliance to be marked up as Immediately Dangerous and isolated from the gas supply.
Lovekin started in Ash in 1986 and have been servicing gas boilers in Aldershot for more than 25 years. We're committed to high quality work and long-term relationships with our customers, many of whom have been with us for over 20 years.