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Swansea Office: 01792 620688
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Emergency Boiler Repair Call-Out Cardiff

Emergency Boiler Repair CardiffBoilers are one of the most essential parts of our homes. Without them, we do not have access to heating or hot water which powers a lot of other devices such as washing machines and dishwashers. Boilers can also cause a lot of danger when they break down. Gas could be being leaked from your boiler without you even knowing. This is why it is so important that you have your boiler checked straightway if it breaks down. At Eric Collier & Son we provide an emergency call out service in Cardiff so that one of our expert boiler engineers can fix the problem for before it escalates. You will have a nice warm house with running hot water back in no time. READ MORE

Boiler Installation Swansea Service

Boiler Installation Swansea

Eric Collier & Son a proud to provide a friendly and efficient approach to boiler installation Swansea. We know that purchasing a new boiler is not always cheap. However, new technology and boiler efficiencies have seen modern boilers dramatically reduce the cost of your heating bills. These savings can easily equate to the price of a new boiler within a couple of years. Therefore, if your boiler is approaching the 10-year mark, we strongly recommend investing in a new, modern boiler. The increased efficiency could save you money in the long term.

Our boiler engineers are trained to the highest standards and can install any type of boiler in your house or business in Swansea. Whether you are after a combination boiler or an open vent boiler, our boiler installation Swansea engineers can have your new boiler up and running, safely and effectively, in no time. To find out more about our boiler services, please contact us on  0845 200010. READ MORE

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Air Conditioning Cardiff

Air Conditioning Cardiff

It’s hard to believe but this summer the UK has actually had consistent sunshine and warm temperatures and it’s set to continue for the foreseeable future. England and Wales are simply not cut out for this kind of weather and when it strikes for longer than a week, we all seem to go into meltdown. At home, everyone has got every window open as far as possible, fans next to their beds and are living in minimal clothing. In work, smart dress has gone out the window and been replaced by shorts and t-shirts and all office workers have purchased a USB desk fan to make sat at their desk that little bit more bearable.

Air conditioning in other nearby countries such as France, Spain, Portugal and Italy is a common installation for homes and the workplace. For the most part, the UK doesn’t particularly have any desperate need for air con…until the temperature creeps up and you’re sat in a little office with one small window, sticking to your chair surrounded by 20 other sweaty people. Employers should really take it upon themselves to be ready for these sorts of situations as it really lowers productivity within the workplace.

If you think it’s about time your office had some air conditioning installed then please get in touch with one of our team. They will be more than happy to answer any questions about air conditioning Cardiff that you may have. Give us a call today on 029 20 508711 or get a free online quote.

Air Conditioning CardiffThe Systems We Offer

It is more than likely that you will be able to control the temperature in your home through the use of fans and is unlikely you will need to install an air conditioning system. If you have a large home, however, it may be something to consider. The main use of our air conditioning Cardiff is within the workplace, schools and hospitals.

At Eric Collier & Son, we know how important it is to maintain a cool and fresh environment where staff are able to comfortably work and interact. Our systems do not just limit themselves to summer use, they also allow you to stay warm and cosy in the winter. These kind of systems are perfect for the UK and it’s unpredictable weather conditions and temperatures. It will make a huge difference to your team’s motivation and efficiency.

  • Split systems – Allowing for different temperature controls
  • Down flow systems – Specifically designed for data centres and computer rooms
  • Heat recovery unit – Heat recovery ventilation systems, provide improved air quality and enhanced climate control.

Impact of Heat Stress

Heat stress can affect individuals in different ways and can take place in individuals at different temperatures. Some people are more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke than others. Some of the typical symptoms are:

  • an inability to concentrate
  • muscle cramps
  • heat rash
  • severe thirst – a late symptom of heat stress
  • fainting
  • heat exhaustion – fatigue, giddiness, nausea, headache, moist skin
  • heat stroke – hot dry skin, confusion, convulsions and eventual loss of consciousness. In rare occassions, severe heat stroke can lead to death if not quite early enough.

The Positives of Air Conditioning

The main positive of having air conditioning is obvious, it keeps you cool and refreshed and able to go about your day without feeling uncomfortable. Depending on the kind of office you have, it is much harder to get a breeze flowing and to cool down in warm weather without some kind of air conditioning system. Air conditioning supplies fresh, cooling air which reduces the body temperature back down to a normal level.

Keeping the temperature in the office down goes further than just keeping your team happy, it is also an important thing to consider when taking health and safety into consideration. There are laws that say a workplace should be a comfortable and acceptable temperature. The minimum an office should be is 16 degrees, there is no defined maximum but individual companies can take it upon themselves to decide on this.

Air-conditioning is especially necessary for work environments where equipment is generating a lot of heat when it is already warm outside. This is likely in places such as kitchens and bakeries, launderettes, factories, mechanics, boiler rooms and power plants, just to name a few. In many of these workplaces, air conditioning would be essential to not only keep staff cool but also for equipment and food to be kept at a reasonable temperature.

Get in Touch Today!

With all of the above considered, it could be time to get an air conditioning system for your office and increase your workers’ comfort and morale. Get in touch with our team on  029 20 508711 or go online and get a free quick quote so we can give you an estimated price for how much an air conditioning Cardiff will cost you and your business.

Boilers News & Updates by Eric Collier

Eric Collier and Son have been installing, maintaining and servicing all types of the electric, oil and gas boilers in the homes and businesses around Cardiff and South Wales for many years. It is very important that all of our engineers are Gas Safe Registered. They have experience and expertise in undertaking all heating and boiler services in your home or business property. In this article, Eric Collier will look at the latest news surrounding boilers and the industry. 

Gas Boilers & Cookers Could Be No More:Gas Cooker

Recently there has been a political discussion over whether we will continue to use gas for cookers and boilers in the UK. Jake Burham discusses this further:

Recently Under the Paris climate change deal, agreed by 195 countries last week, UK families could have to phase out cooking and heating with gas across the next 15 years, according to experts.

The United Nations agreement obliges nations to reduce greenhouse gases from 2020 onwards in an attempt to curb global warming.

The historic pledge – which is ambitiously aimed at limiting warming to “well below” 2C by the end of the century – was internationally lauded by politicians, with Barak Obama branding it a “turning point” for the world.

Experts have warned the UK’s commitment to the tougher targets will eradicate gas hobs and ovens and even gas-fired boilers – which are used by around 23million British homes.

Professor of energy policy at Sussex University Jim Watson said: “This will affect the power sector first, but as we move through to the 2030s and beyond we’ll have to find new ways of heating our homes and cooking our food.

“Whatever we move to next, people will be moving to similar levels of comfort and controllability, which engineers need to get on with.”

The Government’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is currently hunting for boiler alternatives to install in four million homes by 2030 – with each installation costing a staggering £12,000.

One of the alternatives considered by the Tories are heat pumps – devices which extract warmth from the ground or air – which could replace gas heating in homes by 2050.

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Eric Collier FAQ’s

Eric Collier FAQ’s

What should I do if I smell gas?Smelling Gas

If you think you can smell gas, immediately shut it off using the valve on the meter, open the windows and doors and leave your property. You should then call a Gas Safe registered engineer or the National Gas Emergencies number on 0800 111 999.


Why are my heating pipes noisy?

Turning your heating on makes the pipework and radiators expand. Where pipes cross joists or radiators are held captive upon their brackets you may hear a clicking sound and a metallic pinging as the pipes move in very small but steady steps. This noise is normal and will stop once the system has reached full working temperature.


Why do I need to service my boiler?

The purpose of a boiler service is to ensure that the boiler is in good condition and working effectively. A yearly service will decrease the wear that takes place over time. Having a service more than once a year is unnecessary.


How long will it take to service my boiler?

It will usually take around 20-30 minutes to service a boiler. If your boiler is in good working condition then it is not necessary to take any further actions and the service should be straightforward and over quickly. If there is an issue the service will take longer.


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What happens during a boiler service?

During a boiler service, the professional will do a general cleaning up of the appliance which will help to keep it in good condition. The gas safe engineer will then do gas checks and visual checks to ensure safe operation.


How often should I get my boiler serviced?

Most boilers are required to be serviced once a year. This will help to maintain both the efficiency and the safety of the boiler. It does not matter if the boiler is brand new, it still needs to be serviced annually.


Do I need to do anything before a service?

You do not need to do anything to prepare prior to a boiler service other than to keep any areas clear that the engineer will need to have access to, such as the boiler area and around the gas meter.


Boiler systemDo I need a new boiler?

Once your service has been carried out we will be able to tell if there are any significant issues. We will always do our best to fix the problem and give you our honest advice and make other suggestions before making the decision that you need a new boiler.


How often do I need a Landlord Gas Safety Inspection?

If you let out a property then there is a legal requirement that you have the premises and appliances tested and certified by a Gas safe registered engineer annually. You can count on us to thoroughly check all your gas appliances and systems as well as performing maintenance and repairs if required.


How long will it take to install a central heating system?

This can depend on a number of different factors. The size of the property, type of installation system required and the requirements of the customer all have an effect. For example, if a customer needs their water turned on for certain periods throughout the day, it will take longer to install the system.


What is carbon monoxide?Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas that can be produced by unsafe gas appliances. It is produced by the incomplete burning of natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas. It can cause death as well as serious long term health problems such as brain damage. Carbon monoxide is odourless, tasteless and colourless.


Why is my radiator is hot around the edges but cold at the bottom?

This is a common problem that takes place when there is a build up of sludge at the bottom of the radiator. This means that your heating system pipework is clogged up and dirty. To overcome this issue you will need the system cleaning using a power flush machine.


Radiator systemWhy is the top of my radiator cold but the bottom hot?

It is likely that air has become trapped somewhere within your central heating system. This pocket of air is stopping the hot water from reaching the top of your radiator. In order to solve this issue, your radiator requires bleeding.


Do you provide quotes before you start the work so I know the cost?

To get a quote simply fill out our quick quote form with your details and a brief explanation of the issue you are facing and we will get back to you as soon as possible with a cost. We pride ourselves on our fair prices and impeccable customer service.

If you are a business owner and have a property to heat for your customers, visitors and staff, you will understand the difficulty in finding a reliable and affordable commercial heating Cardiff system that will provide you with heating and hot water in your business property. Here at Eric Collier and Son, we have many years experience in installing, repairing and maintaining a huge variety of different commercial heating systems and our team are able to advise you on the best one for your property. To learn more about our commercial heating services, please call 02920 508711 and one of our heating engineer team will be able to assist you.


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Choosing a New Central Heating System

Keeping your home or business property warm is important for your comfort and health. However, it can be difficult and expensive to upkeep a heating system in your home, with the huge amount of components and parts involved in it. Here at Eric Collier & Son, we have many years experience in services such as boiler maintenance, heating system repair and central heating installation Cardiff, and we are here to help you out with choosing the best central heating system for your property. If you’d like to learn more about our central heating installation services and how to choose the best central heating system, please call us on 02920 508711.


Commercial Boilers Cardiff

Boilers are an integral component of your home or business for heating the radiators, central heating system and the hot water. No one likes living in a cold home with no hot water, let alone dining, working or being in a business property that has no heating or hot water! Businesses often close when their boiler breaks which means a loss of revenue and potentially a lot of disgruntled customers. Many businesses that experience have a boiler installed in their property that isn’t capable of coping with the heating and hot water requirements. This is where commercial boilers Cardiff installed by Eric Collier comes into their own league. If you’re a business owner and would like a commercial boiler installed in your business property or would like to learn more, please call our team on 0845 2000100.


Boiler Repair Swansea

Boiler Repair Swansea Advice

With the recent bad weather, also known as the ‘Beast from the East’, your boiler may have been turned up and continuously on to keep you, your family and your friends warm. However, this extra work and required heat that you required your boiler to push out may have resulted in your boiler stopping working or not working as it should. This may have left you, once the snow has melted away with a tired and worn out old boiler that is in need of a major boiler repair Swansea by Eric Collier and Son. Our boiler expertise ranges from oil boilers right to eco friendly fuelled boilers. If you’re like to have one of our team come out to diagnose and repair your boiler at your home or commercial property, please call us on 0845 2000100 and one of our team will respond to you.


Choosing the right person to fit your new boiler or repair a broken boiler can be vital for the safety of your family or staff in your home or business property. An incorrectly installed or repaired boiler can mean a number of potentially dangerous parts. Here at Eric Collier, each of our gas heating engineers Cardiff are fully trained in installing, repairing and servicing gas boilers and central heating systems. Call one of our gas engineers Cardiff team today on 0845 2000100 to book in for one of our services.


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