Some Quick Facts About Oil Boilers
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With an estimated 4 million homes not connected to the UK gas network, you may be using or considering an oil boiler. At KMH Gas, we’re experienced at installing, servicing, and repairing oil boilers, and can help with any questions you may have.


What Is an Oil Boiler?

Oil boilers are the most cost-effective alternative to gas boilers, especially if you live in the countryside.

While mechanically similar to gas boilers, oil boilers are larger. Traditionally floor-standing, wall-mounted oil boilers are increasingly common.

Kerosene is the most common fuel source for oil boilers, as it is clean burning and energy efficient. The kerosene is delivered in bulk, stored in an outdoor oil tank, and transferred to the boiler through a fuel feed.

The most popular boilers are regular boilers and combination boilers. Regular boilers are best for larger homes, while combination boilers are suitable for smaller dwellings. Both of these are available as condensing boilers, which you are most likely to need in order to meet UK building regulations.

When installing condensing oil boilers, we always ensure they’re plumbed in correctly, to allow condensate liquid to drain effectively. We’ll also advise on the best type of flue for your boiler, to ensure safe gas dispersal.

Your oil boiler will need to be commissioned upon installation, to ensure it’s running at peak efficiency.


What Are Oil Boilers Used For?

Oil boilers are used in different configurations, depending on your needs.

Regular boilers provide direct space heating, but need to be connected to a separate hot water storage system.

Combination boilers provide direct space and hot water heating. They do offer continuous hot water, but at a lower rate than regular boilers.

Some oil-fired cookers have a hot water boiler, with modern units comprising one burner for heating, and an independently controlled burner for cooking.


What Are the Most Common Problems with Oil Boilers?

Oil boilers are complex and what may start out as a small shudder can signal the start of something serious.

Apart from running out of fuel, issues include condensate lines freezing in extremely cold temperatures and oil storage tanks eroding over time.

Your oil boiler’s components may also build up layers of impurities such as burned fuel and soot. This can lead to your boiler running inefficiently, costing you a lot of money.

Potentially, the most dangerous result of a poorly maintained oil boiler is carbon monoxide leakage. When inhaled, carbon monoxide can cause nausea, headaches, vomiting, and even death.

As experts in oil boiler servicing and repair, we strongly recommend getting your oil boiler serviced annually. Our tip is to have your oil boiler serviced in the summer months, as problems frequently occur at the beginning of winter.

Oil boilers have evolved considerably over the years and are now as efficient as their gas counterparts. However, like all boilers, they do require quality installation, regular servicing, and occasional repair to ensure you and your family get the best from them.

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