Business & Commercial Boiler

Hot Tapping: A Complete Guide to Hot Tapping

When you are running a business, having repairs of maintenance work completed on your pipelines can be incredibly inconvenient. Having to cease work for long periods of time can be extremely costly to your business and isn’t ideal. Thankfully, there is now a solution to this, hot tapping. 

Although hot tapping is widely known within the industry and has been carried out for many years, it isn’t uncommon for the general public to have never heard of it. To help you get to grips with this procedure and decide whether it is an option that could work for your business Murdock Heating have put together a complete guide for you to read. 

What is Hot Tapping?

Hot tapping, sometimes referred to as pressure tapping, is the process where specialist heating engineers can install new pipes, fittings and fixtures all while the pipeline continues to operate as normal. Hot tapping machines and this method can be used on, but isn’t limited to, chilled water, cold mains, hot mains, heating systems, water diversion and gas diversion. 

When is Hot Tapping used?

This method is used by lots of different businesses such as food production, hospitals, factories, hotels and many more. It is usually turned to when it is essential for a pipe or tank to continue to be in operation whilst maintenance or modifications are being done to it. Hot tapping shouldn’t be considered as a routine procedure, it is only really recommended when there is no other practical alternative. 

Are there any requirements for Hot Tapping?

The nature of the procedure, which includes undertaking work whilst a pipeline is still live, means that there are strict rules around when and how hot tapping can be carried out. It is one of the most dangerous applications in pipeline intervention and there are lots of industry standards every hot tapping engineer must abide to. 

To put it simply, there aren’t any requirements as such, but hot tapping must only be carried out by competent and qualified specialist heating engineers and in a controlled environment. Hot tapping machines can be used with pipes and pipelines made of materials ranging from carbon steel to PVC, so this procedure will work for the majority of businesses. 

When should it be avoided?

Hot tapping is not recommended under a few different conditions, including piping containing a combustible or flammable mixture, piping containing chemicals that are likely to decompose or become hazardous from the heat of welding, piping containing caustic and also piping that contains pure oxygen or chlorine.

Before the procedure is undertaken the hot tapping location is thoroughly inspected and all relevant risk assessments will be completed to ensure that it is safe to complete hot tapping. An experienced registered gas engineer will be able to advise you further in this regard. 

How does Hot Tapping work?

The hot tapping procedure is one continuous process and for this delicate operation, extra care and attention are required. There are a few different ways that this procedure can be completed and you will find that different companies will go about the job in various ways. 

A typical hot tap installation consists of a tapping saddle, ball or gate valve, and hot tapping machine. The installation is pressure tested, the valve is opened, and the cutter and pilot drill advanced. When the cut is complete, the cutter and pilot drill is retracted, the valve is closed and the hot tap machine removed.

Booking hot tapping services 

If you are interested in hot tapping for your business and would like to arrange it then it is important to remember that this method and procedure must only be carried out by competent and qualified specialist heating engineers. Your local gas engineer may not be able to complete this for you, so always do your research. 

Murdock Heating has been providing the hot tapping procedure for many years now and their experienced team will be able to assist you in this regard. You can trust that when you choose their heating engineers the work will be completed to the highest possible standard. To find out more and to arrange a survey please call 01923 850609 today. 

The Business Benefits of District Heating

If you own more than one business property you may have heard the term ‘district heating’ being used by your gas safe engineers. It is essentially one network that has a central heat source that supplies heating and hot water to multiple separate buildings on the same site. The district heating industry has seen rapid growth in recent years and it is said that district heating will become increasingly important to the UK in the future.

There are a range of business benefits to using district heating networks and it is something you should seriously consider if you now use multiple properties. If you’re unsure as to whether it is worth installing, then Murdock Heating have put together a list of benefits for you to consider. 

Improves energy efficiency

Using district heating allows a broad range of energy sources including both fuels and flows to work together to provide heat, which increases both reliability and efficiency. It just makes sense from an efficiency point of view to have one large centralised heat source supplying all of your business properties, rather than each having separate small boilers. 

This large heat source also offers flexibility, it retains heat and can supply it whenever required without needing to get up to temperature, this can be very useful for maintaining a constant output when demand varies.

Reduces running costs 

Of course, reducing multiple boilers down to one district heating network will save you money in the long run. This network allows you to harness the heat that is normally lost during the generation of energy and you can also use other sustainable technologies which make it possible for you to create more affordable and also sustainable energy. 

This network will also help you to manage the supply and demand of heat, meaning, you will be able to avoid unnecessary production so that you aren’t wasting energy and money yet, you are still meeting your needs. 

No individual boilers to worry about

Having multiple boilers, usually one in every business property, can be incredibly frustrating especially if you repeatedly have issues with all of them. With one district heating network you can reduce both the labour and maintenance costs that are associated with multiple individual systems. 

Having just one single boiler instead of lots of them can also be helpful when it comes to annual commercial boiler services and also even commercial gas safety certificates. It will make it much easier for you to ensure that your boiler is meeting the standards required by a commercial property. 

Supports national energy interests

Installing district heating introduces opportunities for renewable energy sources which would otherwise not be economical or practical. Combinations of energy sources can also be used, including traditional gas-fired boilers, biomass, CHP and low-grade heat technologies such as ground source heat pumps. 

Overall, the whole concept of district heating strongly supports the UK Governments energy strategy. It helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the use of a wide range of low carbon and renewable heat sources, it improves the security of energy supplies by diversifying the energy sources for heating and reducing the UK’s dependence on fossil fuel imports, and also supplies heat that is good value and that contributes to reducing fuel poverty.

Speaking to a professional about district heating

There really aren’t any downsides to district heating and it is definitely more beneficial than you may have initially realised. These heating networks can work for lots of different industries, a traditional district heating system can heat a number of individual homes, blocks of social housing, a school, hospital or local council offices. 

If you would like to find out more then please don’t hesitate to contact Murdock Heating today. Our team of specialist commercial gas engineers offer this service to businesses who are interested in lowering their energy and heating bills, whilst reducing their carbon footprint. Their district heating networks are extremely flexible and can be installed above or below ground, whichever works best for your company. Murdock Heating is fast becoming one of the most experienced district heating suppliers in the country, so why go anywhere else? 

Commercial Gas Safety Certificate & the Importance of Gas Safety Inspections

Your gas safety inspection is different from your annual service, they are often confused and all landlords should know that one doesn’t replace the other. They are both annual checks that need to take place. All gas appliances in your property need to be safety checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer annually and serviced according to manufacturer’s instructions. Let’s read more about commercial gas safety certificate & why you need regular inspections. 

What is a gas safety inspection?

Essentially, a gas safety inspection involves a gas engineer assessing the safety of your appliances and checking that the system is working as it should. Your inspection will include:

  • Inspection and testing of gas pipework
  • Inspection and testing of gas appliances
  • Condition of gas meter
  • Flueing and ventilation
  • Purge and test points

It is essential for your local gas engineer to check all of these aspects to complete a full gas safety inspection. 

Why do I need a gas safety inspection?

Legal requirement 

Above all, a gas safety inspection is an annual legal requirement. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 clearly state that “it shall be the duty of every employer or self-employed person to ensure that any gas appliance, installation pipework or flue installed at any place of work under his control is maintained in a safe condition so as to prevent risk of injury to any person”. 

It also states that you should “ensure that each appliance and flue to which that duty extends is checked for safety within 12 months of being installed and at intervals of not more than 12 months since it was last checked for safety”, which is what your gas safety inspection will do. 

Safety 

These rules aren’t put in place to be inconvenient, they are there to protect commercial landlords, the companies they rent to and any employees working within the building. Without your gas safety inspection, you could be at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. For example, problems such as blocked ventilation tubes will cause carbon monoxide to build up and if this is being released inside the property, it is a serious health risk.

Fix any issues 

Your gas safety inspection will also highlight any issues allowing you to fix them before things get worse. If there are any faults found during the check, you must fix it as soon as possible and stop your commercial tenants using any relevant equipment until it is fixed. You will find that completing this inspection can save you a lot of money in the long run, catching issues early is always beneficial when they are related to gas appliances.

How do I prove that I have had a gas safety inspection? 

Once your gas safety inspection has been completed and your property has proven to be “Gas Safe” you will receive a commercial Gas Safety certificate. This certificate is commonly known as a CP17 and it is valid for a period of 12 months from date of issue. 

Who can complete my gas safety inspection?

This one is simple, a Gas Safe registered engineer MUST conduct the check. It is important to note that your usual gas man or plumber that deals with your regular gas maintenance issues may not be able to complete this inspection for you. You should always check that they are registered and legally able to perform the gas safety inspection. All gas engineers should have an ID card that highlights the type of work they are qualified and registered to undertake. 

Commercial Gas Safety Certificate For You

Here at Murdock Heating, we are able to complete your gas safety inspection for you. We have a team of highly experienced Gas Safe registered engineers who are all qualified to carry out these inspections. 

Not only can we complete your gas safety inspections for you but there are many other services that we can assist you with also, such as your commercial gas boiler service. So, whatever your needs may be, simply turn to our team and trust that you are in safe hands. 

Commercial Gas Engineer Service & Risk Assessment Guide

There are many different types of boilers and as a business owner, you really should know which type you have. Different boilers will require slightly different processes when it comes to services and repairs so you may be asked what type of boiler you have by your commercial gas engineer when booking these services.  

Natural gas boilers are particularly important to be pointed out due to the fact that by law, prior to commencement of any works on this type of boiler, a risk assessment must be carried out. This is compliant with certification code CODNC01. We understand that to most people this will sound incredibly confusing so Murdock Heating Services will explain things for you. 

What is a risk assessment?

This is one of the most common types of health and safety documents. A risk assessment is simply, as the name suggests, an assessment of risk. When it comes to boiler work, this assessment will look at the task that needs to be carried out and ask how people could get hurt during the process. 

There are 5 steps to risk assessment:

  1. Identify the hazards
  2. Decide who might be harmed and how
  3. Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
  4. Record your significant findings
  5. Review your assessment and update if necessary

Once this paperwork has been completed in full by a registered gas engineer it will then followed by a detailed method statement, if required. 

What is a method statement?

This document has the same overall purpose as a risk assessment, to make sure that work can be carried out safely. A method statement can be thought of like instructions for how the work will be carried out with reduced risk. 

You may not need a method statement but if you do, you will never find it without a risk assessment, the two documents support each other and will contain overlapping information. The risk assessment is there to tell you what the risks are and what the control measures will be then the method statement will tell you how to complete the work and in what order.

This statement is always incredibly detailed. It will set out the work in a logical sequence and explain how to complete the work providing all extra details required, it will also contain a time-frame for the work. You may also find that a method statement will include any site-specific rules and restrictions. 

Why do I need a risk assessment?

Aside from the fact that it is a legal requirement, to put it simply, any work that is being undertaken on a gas appliance will require a risk assessment due to the amount of uncertainty associated with this type of work. There are numerous risks when using gas such as explosions, carbon monoxide poisoning and burns.

Risk assessments will assist your local gas engineer to protect themselves and any others exposed to their work and environment. They are completed with the intention of keeping people safe and completing the work required without any accidents or injuries. 

Without this assessment, they are at risk of receiving huge penalties, fines and imprisonment if they are not in place and can be easily inspected on request – especially if an accident or injury does occur.

Having work carried out on your natural gas boiler

You should always use a reliable and fully qualified engineer for your commercial gas boiler service and any repair or maintenance work required. Make sure that the company you choose knows exactly what they are doing and that they complete all of the paperwork mentioned above – which is required by law. 

Commercial Gas Engineer Service For You

If you’re searching for a company to complete these jobs for you then turn to Murdock Heating Services. We have been working in the commercial heating industry for many years now and you can trust that our risk assessments and method statements will contain everything required. If you have any questions at all in this regard please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team who will gladly provide you with the answers you require. 

Warm Air Heating Engineers Surrey: A Complete Guide For You

As we enter the coldest months of the year, lots of companies will be starting to think about the best ways they can heat their commercial properties. Keeping your staff warm should be a priority, both for their health and productiveness. 

There is no denying that heating a large space can be very expensive, as well as, having the potential to increase your carbon footprint. For this reason, Murdock Heating Services can now provide a range of reconditioned warm air heaters on a supply and fit basis. If you would like to find out more about warm air heaters in general then keep reading today. 

What are warm air heaters?

As the name suggests, a warm air heater warms the air in the space and this, in turn, warms the people working there. Warm air heating is a modern replacement for traditional water-heating systems within commercial premises. These heating systems work by passing cool air through a heat exchanger fuelled by gas or electricity. Once warmed, the air is then distributed through the space by a fan.

A well-designed warm air heating system will distribute warm air throughout the space required, so that there is barely any temperature variation from one area to another. Ensuring that the warm air heaters are positioned correctly will allow the warm air to travel freely throughout the space so there are no cold spots.

Where are warm air heaters used?

Warm air heating can be used in a variety of buildings but you tend to find them in properties where standard heating systems, that use boilers or radiators, are not suitable. They are particularly popular in large, non-domestic buildings such as factories and warehouses.

Why use warm hair heaters?

This type of heater is a popular choice for a number of reasons including:

  • Cost-effective – They are known for being fuel-efficient making them relatively inexpensive to run
  • Quick warm-up times – Warm air heaters can quickly heat a large space to a comfortable level whenever required
  • Help to prevent damp – Due to hot air moving around a space the likelihood of damp can be reduced
  • Space efficient – These heaters can be wall-mounted, suspended, roof-mounted and tubular so, you can pick the best option for the amount of spare space you have
  • Quiet operation – Warm air heating systems are typically much quieter than some other heating options

Are there different types of warm air heaters?

There are different types of warm air heaters, as well as different makes and models, as you would expect. The different types you can get all use a variety of techniques for warming the air. However, all of the systems below push the warm air around a duct network using fans.

  • Gas-fired – This is definitely the most popular type of system and put simply it works by warming cold air over a gas flame
  • Air heat pumps – This is essentially an air conditioning unit that works in reverse, they extract heat from even cold outdoor temperatures to heat indoors
  • Ground source heat pumps – This system uses warm air from underground, the air passes through underground pipes and is then used in an air-source heat pump connected to the ventilation system

Depending on the size of the commercial property you are trying to heat and where the property is situated, different types would be recommended. If you’re unsure which heater to go for then a warm air heating engineer will be able to advise in this regard. 

Looking for Warm Air Heating Engineers in Surrey?  

If you’re interested in installing a warm air heater into your business property, as mentioned above, Murdock Heating Services can supply you with a range of reconditioned warm air heaters. Our team of experienced commercial gas engineers can help you decide on the best warm air system for your property, as well as which type of unit to go for. We will help ensure that you get the best heating system for your needs. 

Commercial Boiler Service: Why You Should Never Skip A Boiler Service

As a business owner, you are more than likely incredibly busy and fitting everything you need to do into a working day can be a real challenge. At some point, you will have to prioritise to ensure that all necessities are dealt with first. Unfortunately, when listing jobs in order of priority it isn’t uncommon for things, such as boiler services, to fall to the bottom of the list. 

Boilers are an absolute necessity for the majority of businesses but they often breakdown and need repairing, so to keep them happy, healthy and working correctly, you shouldn’t overlook or skip your annual boiler service. Murdock Heating Services have put together a list of reasons why it should be at the top of your priority list next time it is due. 

Pick up on issues before they escalate

Of course, getting your boiler serviced regularly means that any faults are spotted earlier on meaning they can be fixed quickly, simply and more affordably. You can get ahead of the game and prevent any worry when it comes to your boiler by simply getting it serviced. 

You must make sure that you act upon any issues found with your boiler as if left unattended small problems can easily become big ones. Your commercial gas engineer can detect and fix any minor problems to help avoid any malfunctions and fixing issues immediately can also save you money on any large future repairs.

Keep you and your employees safe

Aside from the obvious, as getting your boiler serviced regularly will ensure it’s running properly, it can also keep it running safely. Many people are unaware of how dangerous a faulty boiler can be and hundreds of people have actually been hospitalised due to non-fire-related carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is produced when fuel doesn’t burn properly, you can’t see, smell or taste carbon monoxide and for this reason, it is often called “the silent killer”. During your regular commercial boiler service, a Gas Safe engineer will check for leaks, giving you peace of mind when it comes to keeping your employees safe from carbon monoxide. 

Reduce your heating costs 

Any easy way you can save money in business should be grabbed with both hands. A boiler service isn’t pointless or even an expense at all if it ends up saving you money, which it frequently will. 

During a boiler service, your engineer will carry out a range of tests to make sure that your system is working efficiently. This will, in turn, save you money over time, as a more efficient boiler costs less to run. How efficient your boiler is can depend on its age and the type that you have but, a service can ensure that it is working to the best of its ability. 

Make sure your boiler cover and warranty is valid

Both your boiler cover and your warranty, if you have these, will have a small print and we always advise that you read this. It isn’t unlikely for these things to require regular boiler servicing to be valid. 

Without a service, you will likely be liable for any issues and your boiler cover will be pointless, this is a standard for most cover plans. When it comes to your warranty, this is often only valid if you get your boiler serviced annually. If you skip any services then you won’t be covered for future breakdowns or repairs.

Booking a boiler service 

All in all, there are no excuses for skipping your boiler service and doing so can be much more detrimental to you than taking an hour or so out of your day to ensure it is completed. There are numerous commercial boiler service companies that can assist you with your annual service so don’t hesitate to get this booked in. 

To ensure that you have a highly qualified team carry out your boiler service please don’t hesitate to contact Murdock Heating Services today. They have many years of experience in the industry and can provide a service to businesses of all sizes. You can trust that your service will be carried out to the highest standard when it is done so by Murdock Heating Services

Gas Safety Inspections : The Importance & The Process

Your gas safety inspection is different from your annual service, they are often confused and all landlords should know that one doesn’t replace the other. They are both annual checks that need to take place. All gas appliances in your property need to be safety checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer annually and serviced according to manufacturer’s instructions.

What is a gas safety inspection?

Essentially, a gas safety inspection involves a gas engineer assessing the safety of your appliances and checking that the system is working as it should. Your inspection will include:

  • Inspection and testing of gas pipework
  • Inspection and testing of gas appliances
  • Condition of gas meter
  • Flueing and ventilation
  • Purge and test points

It is essential for your local gas engineer to check all of these aspects to complete a full gas safety inspection. 

Why do I need a gas safety inspection?

Legal requirement 

Above all, a gas safety inspection is an annual legal requirement. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 clearly state that “it shall be the duty of every employer or self-employed person to ensure that any gas appliance, installation pipework or flue installed at any place of work under his control is maintained in a safe condition so as to prevent risk of injury to any person”. 

It also states that you should “ensure that each appliance and flue to which that duty extends is checked for safety within 12 months of being installed and at intervals of not more than 12 months since it was last checked for safety”, which is what your gas safety inspection will do. 

Additionally, if you do not have a current gas safety certification, it is highly probable your insurance company will not payout in the event of a claim. 

Safety 

These rules aren’t put in place to be inconvenient, they are there to protect commercial landlords, the companies they rent to and any employees working within the building. Without your gas safety inspection, you could be at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. For example, problems such as blocked ventilation tubes will cause carbon monoxide to build up and if this is being released inside the property, it is a serious health risk.

Fix any issues 

Your gas safety inspection will also highlight any issues allowing you to fix them before things get worse. If there are any faults found during the check, you must fix it as soon as possible and stop your commercial tenants using any relevant equipment until it is fixed. You will find that completing this inspection can save you a lot of money in the long run, catching issues early is always beneficial when they are related to gas appliances.

How do I prove that I have had a gas safety inspection? 

Once your gas safety inspection has been completed and your property has proven to be “Gas Safe” you will receive a commercial Gas Safety certificate. This certificate is commonly known as a CP17 and it is valid for a period of 12 months from date of issue. 

Who can complete my gas safety inspection?

This one is simple, a Gas Safe registered engineer MUST conduct the check. It is important to note that your usual gas man or plumber that deals with your regular gas maintenance issues may not be able to complete this inspection for you. You should always check that they are registered and legally able to perform the gas safety inspection. All gas engineers should have an ID card that highlights the type of work they are qualified and registered to undertake. 

Can Murdock Heating help?

Here at Murdock Heating, we are able to complete your gas safety inspection for you. We have a team of highly experienced Gas Safe registered engineers who are all qualified to carry out these inspections. 

Not only can we complete your gas safety inspections for you but there are many other services that we can assist you with also, such as your commercial gas boiler service. So, whatever your needs may be, simply turn to our team and trust that you are in safe hands.

A Beginners Guide to Thermal Imaging

How energy efficient is your building? This is an important question that needs answering. Reducing energy and ensuring your building is energy efficient makes perfect business sense, it saves money, enhances corporate reputation and helps everyone in the fight against climate change.

When researching into energy efficiency you may have seen that the local company you turn to for a Gas Safe engineer also offer thermal imaging services but, what is this service? We have put together a beginners guide to thermal imaging, read on to answer any potential questions that you may have about this service. 

What are thermal imaging services? 

These services use infrared thermography to allow commercial gas engineers to detect and diagnose any heating and energy defects in a building, quickly and easily. This smart technology allows engineers to complete a defect detection survey much easier than ever before.

In thermography, the application’s infrared radiation is converted by a thermal camera to a visual image. Different temperatures are indicated as different colours allowing potentially troublesome hot spots to be found quickly. This is a new gas engineer tool that has dramatically changed defect detection services. 

Why are they used?

This is a service that is available to homes, offices, buildings and properties of all shapes and sizes. They are essentially used to identify and report on energy inefficiencies. Thermal imaging will capture images of a building which enables professionals to create detailed reports that will clearly highlight and list any problem areas the building has. 

From this report, thermal imaging experts will be able to provide you with an educated analysis as to why these problems are occurring, enabling you to fix them. Once these issues are fixed you will find that you can save money on your energy bill whilst reducing your carbon footprint. 

Thermal imaging can also be used to spot serious faults that have significant safety risks, such as overheating electrical equipment, which could result in a fire.

How long does this service take?

The whole aim of thermal imaging is to be quicker and easier than other defect detection services. It is a non-contact, non-invasive and non-destructive inspection technique. Not only is it much easier and quicker than other techniques but it also offers a higher level of visibility than previous, more traditional methods.

What is required for the service to be carried out?

To get the most accurate results, a 10°C temperature difference between the inside and outside of the property must be achieved for a minimum of 24 hours prior to the survey if occupied, or 72 hours for an empty building.

Don’t worry If your building doesn’t have a heating system or has a non-operational heating system, you can use temporary direct heaters to get the property up to temperature.

Who can complete them?

Not all energy companies and local gas engineers will be able to complete this service. Some companies choose to use more traditional methods and you should enquire regarding thermal imaging rather than just assuming that everyone can provide the service. 

At Murdock Heating, we can provide you with thermal imaging experts who can complete this service to the highest standard. We are proud to be one of Bedfordshire’s favourite thermal imaging companies so, if this is a service you are interested in then you know who to turn to. 

Booking thermal imaging services

To speak to a member of our experienced team at Murdok Heating and book your thermal imaging service please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can call us directly on 01923 850609 or email us at info@murdockheating.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Commercial Boiler Company: Questions to Ask Before Hiring One

Finding a company that you can trust with installing, fixing or servicing your commercial boiler can be quite challenging. Unfortunately, there are lots of illegal boiler companies littering the industry and you want to avoid them at all costs. Just because a company is offering the quickest and cheapest work doesn’t mean that you should automatically choose them. To help you find both a qualified and trusted gas engineer to assist you, we have put together a list of the important questions to ask before you hire a commercial boiler company. 

How many years have they been in the industry?

With experience comes perfection, there is no denying this. In regards to commercial boiler companies, you can be sure that the longer they have been practising their trade, the better the completed job will be. Experience is also necessary if unexpected issues are to arise, knowing that the company you hire know how to react and fix any problems will fill you with confidence. A long life in the industry also speaks volumes about how good the company is, there aren’t many companies that stand the test of time and this should always be seen as a positive.  

Are they gas safe registered?

This is hands down the most important things to ask any commercial boiler company. The Gas Safe Register is a list of businesses who are legally permitted to carry out gas work under their trading name. Ultimately, if a company is not on the Gas Safe Register then they are not legally allowed to complete the work. The whole purpose of the Gas Safe Register is to protect the public from unsafe gas work so don’t even entertain companies that are not included. 

Are they qualified and insured to complete the work?

You have the right to ask anyone who turns up to do your boiler work for their Gas Safe ID and they should always be able to produce it. On the back of this card, the type of work that the engineer is qualified for will be clearly listed. Insurance is also an essential must-have, this means that if they were to have an accident on your property or if they cause damage to your property then they are covered to deal with this properly.

Can you view their testimonials? 

A good company will always want to show off their previous work and also what people have to say about their work. You should be able to find a testimonials page on all reputable commercial boiler companies, however, if there isn’t one then don’t be afraid to ask to see them. Testimonials are a great way to find out not only about the quality of a company’s work but they will also inform you about their engineers and how they represent themselves. 

Do they want cash upfront for the work?

This is another question that will help you to identify rogue traders. They tend to demand payment, in cash, upfront with no intention of actually completing the work. You may find that they won’t give you a price breakdown for the work either, just presenting you with one final, normally either very cheap or very expensive, price. Any reputable company will allow you to pay either a deposit and then the balance after the work has been completed and you’re happy, or sometimes all of the payment on completion. 

Conclusion 

Choosing the right commercial boiler company is all about asking the right questions and making sure that they have the proper accreditation, expertise, and reputation. 

When you are looking for a commercial gas engineer to assist you with the commercial boiler services you require please don’t hesitate to contact Murdock Heating Services. We will gladly answer all of the above questions and provide you with any further information you require regarding commercial boiler installation, boiler maintenance and also commercial boiler repairs

How To Choose The Best Commercial Boiler Service For Your Business

Every business needs a high functioning boiler. Where there are employees, there must also be access to hot water and, ideally, central heating. There are a vast variety of commercial boilers on the market and with so many things to consider, it can be difficult to choose between them. We have put together a list of all of the things you should consider when choosing which boiler to invest in for your business. 

Guarantee and warranty

You can get a pretty good indication of how reliable a boiler is from the length of the warranty you are given upon purchase and installation. Nothing shows the confidence of a manufacturer in their products more than an extended warranty. On average, commercial boilers last between ten and fifteen years, however, longer warranties are not unheard of, especially when the boiler is incredibly high quality. 

As well as providing you with an indication of reliability, a lengthy warranty also gives peace of mind. Always remember to read the small print on the warranties, this will inform you of the terms and conditions enabling you to understand how hard it is to keep your warranty.

Replacement parts

Unfortunately, a certain amount of maintenance work on a boiler is unavoidable. For this reason, it is always a good idea to enquire about replacement parts before you purchase the boiler. You want to ensure that not only are the parts easy to get hold of but that they aren’t extortionate. The last thing you want to do is purchase an expensive boiler and not be able to fix it when necessary. 

Boiler size

Boilers come in all shapes and sizes. But, size isn’t just about making sure that it fits in the designated spot. It is just as important to pick out the right size boiler to ensure it can easily complete the work required, however, at the same time, that you aren’t wasting energy each month. If this is something that you need guidance with, any reliable commercial heating company will gladly offer you their professional opinion. 

Installation 

The amount of work involved with installing commercial boilers can also vary, so it is definitely an area worth looking into when selecting your boiler. Depending on where the boiler is being installed it may be disruptive to work so the quicker the installation, the better for your company. Fortunately, commercial boilers are now designed to fit a range of spaces. So, you don’t necessarily have to hang them on the wall, they can now also be a floor-standing system. This made aid installation time. 

Zone Controls

Depending on the size of your business property this factor can be very important. For example, if your property doesn’t need to be heated in all spaces, all of the time, then you can save yourself some money by having different temperatures in different spaces. Some newer commercial boiler services also come fitted with weather-compensation controls, which allow your boiler to regulate its output in line with the temperature outside. 

Summary 

Taking into account all of the above will definitely help you narrow down the best boilers for your business property. However, if you are still unsure as to which boiler to choose then seek assistance from a reliable gas safe registered engineer, like our team at Murdock Heating. Whether you are interested in a commercial gas boiler or a commercial oil boiler we can provide you with a range of commercial boiler services to assist you further.