Air Source Heat Pumps
What is an air source heat pump?
Air source Heat Pumps are a way of providing you with heating and hot water in one of the most environmentally friendly ways possible; by using air as its fuel source! Imagine it to be like a fridge, a fridge extracts the heat from the inside to make it cooler. An ASHP works in the opposite way; by taking heat from outside to make it warmer! It doesn't just need a warm day though, your ASHP unit can even manage to extract heat from the air in temperatures as low as -15°C !
Still don't get it?
Don't worry! hopefully this diagram below can help you understand the cycle of an ASHP. You can always read more information about this on our > Heat Pump < page.
Repairing an ASHP unit in Fowey
This week we were called out to Fowey with complaints that although the Air Source Heat Pump was running as it should be, it wasn't actually producing any heating or hot water upon closer inspection it was clear to see that the soft start unit inside the ASHP was not only not working, but had completely burnt out! After speaking to the fantastic support team at Grant Engineering, we were quickly able to replace the burnt out unit for a happy new one!
Above you can see the damage to the old soft start unit that was simply too old and tired to work.
Below you can see the before and after pictures of the unit in its correct placement in the ASHP.
However the system still wasn't perfect...
We also discovered that the soft start unit wasn't the only issue, but also the immersion timer no longer worked either. We were able to promptly replace this for a new timer and the system was once again working as it should be!
We hope you enjoyed learning a little more about Air Source Heat pumps and seeing how we were able to help a holiday let in need in Fowey this week.
Check back soon where you can see what else Eco Dragon has been up to.
From all of us at Eco Dragon South West Ltd!
As a special thank you from us to you for being such fantastic customers, we have extended our free service offer for another 2 weeks! Now you can get a free boiler service if you call before 14/04/2018, just click >here< to be taken to our post that can tell you more about this offer.
What is our new tool and how can it save you money?
So if you feel there may be sediment and water in your line then give us a call and this simple process could save you from having to pay repair costs for your boiler.
Battling the cold;
This is what the inside of a boiler looks like when it hasn't been serviced, and by the looks of things this boiler has NEVER been serviced. All of the waste byproducts produced by this boiler are not only damaging the boiler, but also reducing the efficiency as the oil boiler has to heat all of the waste byproducts before it can provide the client with heat to their home. By having the boiler serviced, we were able to improve the efficiency of this boiler and extend it's life expectancy to keep the client warmer for longer.
We at Eco Dragon can service and repair any type of boiler, and we never give up! If your boiler has a problem then we guarantee we will explore every method of fixing it before suggesting a replacement to help keep costs lower for our customers. But don't forget, it's not just boilers we service, we can service almost all fueled appliances such as your gas fire!
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What if you can't fit my new boiler before the deadline?
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So what have we been up to since our last update?
It truly is heating season as we have been receiving calls daily from people who need our help to get them through the winter.
We have traveled to Penzance, Porthtowan, Par, Fowey and everything in between over the past couple of weeks to make sure we can help as many of our loyal customers as possible make it comfortably through the winter.
On one of our renovation projects, we have been working to install an air source heat pump and solar thermal panels to ensure our client is getting plenty of heating and hot water for a reasonable running cost. Here are a couple of photos of the progression of the project, we will show you the finished installation in another post.
What has Eco Dragon been up to these past few weeks?
As well as the usual servicing and repairs of boilers that come with the winter time, we have also been receiving a great number of calls for full plumbing and heating installs on new-builds and renovation projects to get customers set up ready for winter.
Over the past few weeks we have begun new projects as well as continuing on old ones, you can see two examples of our work below.
Remember the Old Coastguard House in Gorran Haven?
The room pictured above will soon be the clients' kitchen, but first we had to get our pipework in place so it could be hidden in the walls and floor. Pipes are now in place for hot and cold water feeds and of course the heating, so now the clients can crack on with their home! Good luck guys!
New heating install- an Air Source Heat Pump!
Another client contacted us recently to say she wanted a more economical way to heat her home and provide herself with hot water. Over the space of a week and a half we removed the client's old boiler, swapped the radiators for more efficient ones, installed the heat pump (hiding the pipes in a newly cast step) and swapped the cylinder in the loft for one suited to the heat pump, making use of the
See you again Soon
A closer look at an installation - learning more about RHI.
This is a very uncommon but highly cost effective way of having your own natural heat source, and definitely one you should consider if you have a running water source on your property, like the stream this customer had in their garden.
Based locally to the customer is a manufacturer that we use often for ground and water source installations known as > Kensa <. We worked closely with the customer and Kensa to design a heating system that would work perfectly based on his property specifications.
you can click on the following link to view a full description of the project and learn more about the Open-Loop system and the RHI that goes with it: > Link to article <
Let us know what you think by leaving us a comment or contacting us if you feel that you could make use of a water source on your property!
Special Blog Feature- a complete bathroom refurbishment; start to finish!
For this weeks blog post, we thought you might like to see what a complete bathroom refurbishment involves. This particular bathroom was requested to be refurbished to allow for a walk-in shower to make access easier for the clients.
The prep work- removing the old bathroom and plastering the new ceiling
Step 2- fitting the shower tray
Getting our apprentice to have a go
lets get tiling!
Fitting the shower and the shower screen
The finished bathroom
We hope you enjoyed seeing a complete bathroom refurbishment and installation from start to finish. Make sure you check back soon to see what else Eco Dragon have been up to!
Welcome back- so what have we been doing?
Once we found the leak we discovered that the cause was the pipe being buried in sharp rocks which had pierced the pipe with natural ground movement. unfortunately the whole pipe was buried like this, so as we fixed the leak and the pressure built up again; the pipe burst in a new area, the only option this left us with was to replace the pipe and bury it properly.
This is still an ongoing project, but you can view our progress in the images below.
What's new at our house?
In our own home we are working hard to get our bathroom 'user friendly' before we have relatives come to stay.
so far we have the shower completed and 3 walls tiled. To make things a little more exciting we have also fitted a whirlpool system to our bath.
The aim for this weekend is to install the underfloor heating and get the floor tiles down. After that we can re-fit the toilet properly and then we shall be ready for our guests on Thursday. Wish us luck!
Finally- a commonly asked question
Many customers considering having a Air Source Heat Pump Fitted are unsure as to whether they want one or not as they have heard they make a lot of noise.
we can assure you that this is only a rumour and the ASHP is actually very quiet, you can watch our video here to hear for yourself how quiet it is against our head engineer's soft speaking.
Keeping up to date with all the latest from Eco Dragon
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