Gas Fires - Repairs and Service
Herts Boilers offer a gas fire repair and gas fire service in St Albans and Hertfordshire. It should be noted we don't install or replace gas fires, and we don't have the ability to carry out a chimney sweep.
Compared with modern gas boilers, the construction and use of gas fires are still fairly simple. Gas fires are more for decorative and atmospheric effects than space heating now. The wet central heating systems of modern boilers are up to 90% efficient at heating, but most gas fires are still around 50% efficient. Normally, a gas fire is rated at under 7kW input, so it proceces around 3kW output for a living room, equal to two big radiators.
Gas Fire Repairs
Gas fires can go wrong, eg, pilot lighting problems, usually caused by a blocked injector or a burnt-out thermocouple.
We don't charge a call out fee for gas fire diagnosis. We will let you know the repair quote after our diagnosis. Before calling us for a gas fire repair, it is advisable to check your gas fire's make and model on the data plate. Then, check if its parts are still available.
There is a good supplier for gas fire spares - Gas Appliance Spares (Preston). If you wish, you can check it to see if your gas fire still has a supply of spare parts. But this is not necessary in all cases, as some gas fire repairs don't require replacement of parts.
We will give a one-year warranty on all of our gas fire repairs if a new part is fitted.
Gas Fire Service
A gas fire service is crucial for its safe operation. It is usually an open-flued gas fire, which has had a large build up of cobwebs over the years. This in turn causes a restrictin in the flue, and spillage occurs in some cases.
When your fire is serviced, the main burner is cleaned to improve the flame picture. Additionally all the flue checks are carried out. If there is an issue, there may be a need to call a registered chimney sweep in to clean it. Although this is yet another cost at a difficult time in the year, it beats the alternative phone call you could be making.
Back boilers and gas fires
Back boilers and front gas fires are fairly simple but they are prone to become blocked so a regular service is necessary. We charge £110 for a combined back boiler and gas fire service.
Success rate on gas fire ignition
Most of gas fires are a manual ignition type. They are not designed to be ignited with 100% success rate, particularly when it is still the original pilot assembly and you use it very first time after a long summer.
So it is acceptable to give a few of igniting attempts before the pilot ignites in the end, and we don't normally come back as a recall for no 100% ignition rate after we serive a gas fire.