Where do you turn if you are experiencing long term issues with your heating system, and want to get independent advice on whether you should spend money on repairs, or a completely new system?
Our clients, who live on the border of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, contacted us because they were experiencing ongoing issues with their biomass heating system. They wanted to get some independent advice on what they should do to ensure their home would be warm in the coming months, as well as sustainable and affordable to run in the longer term.
Our clients owned a beautiful and very large 7 bedroomed arts and craft style period property with a number of outbuildings. The house had a wood chip boiler as the main energy source and an oil boiler as a secondary source.
When they contacted us the biomass boiler was not in use, because the attached hot water storage tank was leaking. Our clients asked us to review the system with a view to either resolving the issues causing the leaking tank or abandoning the woodchip system altogether and instead upgrading the oil boiler.
Rob Bohm, our heating expert who has a great deal of experience helping clients with biomass boilers visited the property and met with the clients. He then spent some time surveying the system, and discovered a number of faults that required rectification.
Our recommendation was that out clients should return the biomass boiler to full working order, as this was still covered by a number of years of RHI payments, and to carry out some additional works to enable the oil boiler to work more effectvely as a back up.
Our recommendations included:
- Investigating the loss of pressure and checking for any other leaks in the system
Installing a new buffer store tank in the garage in order to make the biomass system operational again
- Adding a new wood pellet indicator for the hopper
- Replacing the existing pipework with that of a larger guage – so enabling the back up oil boiler to deliver the proper output
- Securing a poorly fitted expansion vessel more effectively to prevent pipework damage
As a busy professional couple our clients had little time to action and oversee our recommendations, so we were asked to organise the project on their behalf. We therefore went on to prepare the documentation and then find and brief a selection of local plumbing and heating companies. Once we had checked their quotations for accuracy, we then helped our clients to select the appropriate company to use before organising and checking the remedial works onsite.
CLPM Services used by our client:-
CLPM don’t install or repair Biomass boiler systems, but our independent heating consultants can help review your heating arrangements if your heating system is not functioning as it should.
Sometimes we can highlight issues to do with the installation or configuration of the system, which if addressed can resolve the issues you are experiencing.