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LPG boilers use Liquefied Petroleum Gas for fuel to provide hot water and heat for homes and some businesses. These types of boilers are most common in rural areas of the UK where there are no gas main pipes. LPG boilers must be installed and serviced by Gas Safe registered engineers for maximum safety. Through our extensive network of LPG boiler companies, we can provide you with free quotes for qualified technicians.
LPG fuel is typically made up of propane and butane which are hydrocarbon gases. About 60% of LPG comes from the separation of natural gas products and the other 40% comes from the distillation of crude oil. LPG is produced in large quantities in the UK, and is a low carbon and low pollution producing fuel. LPG boilers are known for their efficiency and are typically about 90% efficient; however, they must be checked and serviced annually to keep them operating at maximum efficiency.
The costs of LPG boilers may vary depending on the size and area where they need to be installed. All installations and repairs must be done by Gas Safe registered engineers to ensure maximum safety of the equipment. The size of the boiler, the size of the space that needs to be heated and the type of boiler being purchased are all factors that will impact the final price of the boiler and the cost for installation.
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LPG becomes a liquid easily under pressure and is 250 times denser as a liquid than as a gas; therefore, it is easy store in large amounts in liquid form. LPG boilers are a convenient alternative to gas boilers for homes that are located in rural areas that are not near a gas main pipe line and it is delivered to homes in large tanks by trucks. This type of gas is preferable in many cases because it has a low level of carbon emissions, poses little threat of pollution to water and soil and is highly energy efficient.
LPG boiler tanks can be installed in homes either above or below ground. The vast majority of homeowners choose to have them installed underground so that the landscape of their garden and property is not affected. LPG boilers must not only be installed by Gas Safe registered engineers, but they should be installed by engineers who are specifically certified to deal with LPG products.
There are a number of reasons to go with an LPG boiler when upgrading. Their increased efficiency results in lower monthly operating costs and carbon footprints are reduced due to less energy consumption and emissions. LPG boilers take up less space resulting in more options for installation. With other systems, it may be necessary to store tanks in the loft area, but LPG tanks are stored outside underground freeing up space and allowing the loft to be used for other things.
It is a good idea to have a regular LPG boiler maintenance contract which can catch problems early on and prevent the need for costly repairs. LPG boiler certified technicians perform a number of checks including checking the boiler flame to make sure it is the proper colour, examining all internal components and pipework for problems and vacuum out any debris that may have accumulated in the interior of the boiler. They will also inspect the flue, the heat exchange, combustion chambers and firing mechanisms. Gas Safe registered engineers will repair or replace any faulty parts of LPG boilers.
Many homeowners are concerned about the overall safety of LPG boilers, especially since they must often store large tanks of volatile, compressed gas on their properties. Fortunately, the UK government has regulations in place designed to standardize the installation and maintenance of not only the boilers themselves, but also the tanks used to store the fuel. This means that you can rest at ease in the knowledge that a professionally-installed boiler and LPG tank are just as safe as any other means of heating your home and water supply.
Homeowners who do not have access to natural gas main pipelines typically choose LPG options instead. However, when municipalities move their pipelines into those areas, these same homeowners often wonder whether they can convert their LPG systems to traditional gas for the money savings. The good news is that this is absolutely possible, but it should be handled by a professional. LPG is under much higher pressure than natural gas at the delivery source, and this means that simply connecting natural gas to a boiler designed for LPG may result in a lack of flame. A professional can adjust an LPG boiler so it can be used safely with natural gas.
One of the main disadvantages of LPG fuel boilers is that the cost of their fuel is still more expensive than most other fuel types. Owing to the fact that there is a growing demand for this fuel due to more homeowners becoming environmentally conscious, pricing looks set to remain high for the foreseeable future as well.
Liquid petroleum gas boilers rely on their fuel being stored in a tank. This means that you are not always able to see when your fuel source is running low - in many cases, you will only realise you are out of fuel when a family member screams from the bathroom that there is no hot water left! In addition, purchasing or renting the storage tanks for LPG fuel can add an additional cost.
If you have an LPG boiler unit in your home, you may be tempted to try and service or repair it yourself and save on the cost of calling someone out to do the work. Unfortunately though, you not only risk injuring yourself during the installation process; your chances of causing damage to your home or the boiler unit are also exceptionally high. Another factor to consider is that when a boiler unit is installed by a non-qualified person, its warranty is certain to be voided virtually immediately. Rather hire the services of a Gas Safe engineer to perform service, maintenance and installation on these units.
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With a huge variety to choose from, choosing a LPG fuelled boiler can seem a little daunting. Thankfully with expert advice on hand, you can be sure to get the best model to suit your own individual needs. Here are some popular makes and models.
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LPG stands for liquid petroleum gas. These boilers are primarily designed to use liquid petroleum gas, but can also be used to burn oil and natural gas, if the need arises. This style of boiler is used primarily in rural areas.
LPG boilers are ideal for locales where there are no gas mains, because the LPG is delivered to tanks that you have to buy or rent from the gas company. It can be expensive, about £1,300 per year, and you may find yourself without fuel in poor weather, if the delivery trucks cannot get through.
Depending on the capacity of the system, a standard LPG boiler will cost between £500 and £1,200. This does not include the installation of an LPG storage tank, if you don't already have one, or installation of the boiler itself.
On average, a properly maintained LPG boiler will last about 10 years. That lifespan can be stretched up to 20 years by replacing parts, but you will end up sacrificing efficiency by doing so.
Since LPG boilers use propane gas, they can be installed even in areas where utility access is limited. This makes them ideal for placing in remote areas or outbuildings.
Any technician or tradesperson who is suitably qualified and is Gas Safe certified will be able to perform service and maintenance work on your unit. Always ask for proof of certification before allowing anyone to work on this appliance.
This depends on your local area and municipalities. In some parts of the country, electricity is cheaper than LPG, and if you can purchase an energy-efficient electric boiler, it may be the better option. What’s more, if your home does not have gas lines, electricity is far more cost-effective in terms of installation. On the other hand, there are places where LPG may be the cheaper option, and if your home is already fitted with gas lines, it can be a very efficient source of heat.
Those who choose to install LPG boilers will also need to install tanks to store the liquified gas. These tanks vary in size, and it’s possible to purchase them in very large capacities. If you use your LPG boiler for heating only, you may only need to fill it once per year depending on the size. Conversely, if you use it for heating your water, you may need to have your tank filled more often.
LPG can be quite expensive to get started since you’ll often need to pay for the tank delivery and the initial fill-up. Though you can purchase the tanks outright, many companies will “lease” them to you in exchange for using their service to refill your tank when needed. It may cost anywhere from £200 to £700, give or take, to fill your tank completely from empty. Some municipalities will “top off” your tank for you at regular intervals, and this can reduce the need to pay for your gas in large lump sums.
The installation time will vary depending on where the unit needs to be stored in your home, the size of the boiler and whether it is a new installation or a new unit is replacing an existing one. Our experienced network of installers will be able to provide you with a timeframe before getting started though.
LPG boilers that are not installed by a qualified and experienced engineers can be at high risk of malfunctioning. If this occurs, there is a strong chance of causing serious injuries to you or a family member, as well as sever damage to parts or all of your home.
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