TM Hughes & Son have over 30 years experience in plumbing and heating systems. All of our heating engineers are gas safe registered. Competent and efficient with a reputation in Chelmsford as experts in central heating systems. We are Worcester Bosch accredited installers who offer a range of installation, servicing and repair services. For both domestic and commercial heating systems. So whether you are a homeowner, landlord or business owner in Chelmsford, you can be sure of excellent service, whatever heating job you hire us for. We will not only complete service, repair or installation to a high standard, we will ensure your heating system is optimised. Running to the greatest possible efficiency, keeping your energy bills as low as possible.
Heating Systems Our Engineers Work On
Most Chelmsford homes and commercial premises are connected to the national gas grid. Gas central heating systems are cheaper to run than electrical central heating systems. Our engineers are qualified to work on all systems no matter the fuel type. Gas is an efficient fuel; new gas boilers can run at 90% efficiency. Annual boiler maintenance is essential if you want to keep energy efficiency. The older boilers get, the less efficient and more expensive they are to run. Old boilers go down to 60% efficiency which is expensive to run and harmful to the environment. We regularly service gas boilers in Chelmsford homes. Does your boiler require a service? If yes feel free to give us a call and book an engineer. We will service your boiler at a fair price. We also supply, install service and repair boilers made by Alpha, Ariston, Baxi, Ferolli, Glow-worm, Grundfos, Heat-line, Ideal, Keston, Potterton, Saunier Duval, Vaillant, Viessman and Vokera.
Types Of Boiler
The boiler is the beating heart of a central heating system. Without a boiler heat would be impossible. When you turn your heating on, the boiler fires up. Heating the water that’s distributed through your central heating system and heating your home in the process. There are three types of boiler combi, regular and system.
Combi boilers don’t need a cylinder, tank or water pump (the pump’s inside the boiler). Making them a great space saver. Water is heated instantly as it’s passed through the element inside the boiler. Combi boilers are easy to install and service. Combi’s are found in approximately 50% of all Chelmsford homes.
System boilers are another popular choice they are ideal for larger households with higher hot water requirements. System boilers take the water directly from the mains to heat your radiators. A storage cylinder is always used with a system boiler to store the water that’s been heated. This stored water is subsequently used for your hot taps and shower.
Regular boilers also are known as traditional boilers are often found in older Chelmsford homes. Regular boilers take up more space than a system or combi boiler. A water tank (usually in the loft), and an expansion tank (also in the loft) and a storage cylinder is required for the system to work. A new regular boiler is fitted when a homeowner has an existing traditional system and only wants to replace the boiler (and not the whole system). If you need a new boiler, our engineers will help you choose the best boiler for your current fitted central heating system. We can usually install a new boiler in a day with minimal disruption to you and your family.
Optimising your heating system
TM Hughes Heating engineers can fully optimise your heating system. Running at full efficiency while giving you the best comfort possible. There are several components of a central heating system. Each part needs to be set correctly if you want to get the very best from your central heating. The parts of a central heating system include the boiler, pipes, pump, radiators, radiator valves, controls, water heaters and cylinder. Our gas safe registered engineers will set every component of your central heating system. Your boiler needs to be running at the correct pressure which is between 1-1.5 bars. A regular boiler and cylinder service (for those with vented and unvented systems) will ensure your boiler is running at the correct pressure, and that no excessive pressure is building up in your cylinder (which isn’t good for pressurised cylinders)
The pipes deliver the water from your boiler to your radiators. They must be insulated properly, especially in cold areas in winter. Otherwise, they can freeze and burst as the frozen water expands. Pipes and radiators can also build up with sludge over time requiring a power flush.
Powerflushing involves attaching a power flush machine to your central heating system. Pumping through a mix of chemicals to remove the sludge and debris in your system. Replacing Dirty water with clean water mixed with corrosion inhibitors. Powerflushing Restores your radiators to full heat output, increases Energy efficiency. Lowering your fuel bills in the process. You’ll need a power flush if your heating system is slow to warm up and your radiators are cold in places. A simple radiator bleed will tell you if you need a power flush. If your waters dirty you have sludge build up in your system. Sludge and debris aren’t good for boilers and can lead to pump failures
Most rooms have radiators. The hot water flows into the radiator through a valve, manual or thermostatic. Manual valves are found on old radiators, heat cannot be adjusted, so the radiator is on or off. Manual valves are not energy efficient and should be replaced with thermostatic radiator valves. Thermostatic valves can be set in small increments. Allowing your radiator to omit the exact heat you want saving you money in the process. We supply and fit all types of radiator. Including flat panel, designer, column, low surface and towel radiators.
If you want an optimal heating system, your central heating pump needs to be in full working order and set correctly. The pump distributes hot water around your central heating system. If the pump isn’t running properly, your radiators won’t heat up properly. Our engineers will fully diagnose your pump and make sure it’s in full working order. If we can’t get your pump running properly, we can quickly replace it.
Your central heating system controls adjust your heating and hot water. Your controls instruct your central heating to come on and turn off. Incorrectly set controls can result in wasted energy. Our heating engineers not only install controls. They optimise new or existing central heating controls for the perfect running of your central heating system.
We also service, repair and optimise underfloor heating systems. Very little maintenance is required with underfloor heating, it doesn’t hurt to have an engineer look at the settings once a year. (a good time is while you have your boiler serviced). To make sure the pipes are distributing the heat at the correct temperature. There are two types of underfloor heating systems wet and electric. We work on both.
Emergency Heating Engineers
TM Hughes Heating engineers deal with heating emergencies such as boiler breakdowns on a daily basis throughout the winter. Boiler breakdowns can be very unpleasant especially in the colder weather. In the event of a boiler breakdown, give us a call. Our gas engineer in your area will aim to be with you in a couple of hours. Your heating will be back up and running as soon as possible. We regularly review our rates. We have no call out charges so you will receive the best service at a very fair price. Our Heating Engineers discover faults in heating systems with thermal imaging. A thermal imaging camera identifies heat loss and irregularities. We don’t have to remove any walls or flooring. To establish a heating problem in pipes, radiators and boilers. This saves you time and money on your heating repair costs. Thermal imaging is useful also for optimising central heating systems.
Get in touch with TM Hughes & Son Gas Services
We are based in Chelmsford with local plumbers and heating engineers in Basildon, Brentwood, Billericay, Maldon, Southend and South Woodham Ferrers. If you would like any advice or want to discuss your heating requirements, want a free no obligation quote or would like to book a heating engineer give us a call on 01245 830075 or use the contact form below.