Combi Boilers in Ayrshire – Should I switch?

Combi Boilers in Ayrshire – Should I switch?

Combi boilers have seen a surge in popularity across Ayrshire and beyond in recent years. Our customers regularly come to us asking the differences between regular boilers with a hot water cylinder and combi boilers and whether it’s worth switching. We felt that now would be a good time to answer some of the common questions we get about combi boilers!

What is a Combi Boiler?

The “combi” in the name is short for combination, and that’s because this type of boiler serves two functions: heating your home and providing hot water. A regular boiler makes use of tanks of hot and cold water, which will be distributed as you need them. However, the combi boiler does not require the storage tank. When you turn the hot water tap, the combi boiler ignites and provides you with all the hot water you need.

Advantages of a Combi Boiler vs Regular Boiler

Combi boilers come with a number of advantages over their more conventional counterparts. Firstly, combi boilers are much better suited to smaller homes or flats. This is because a combi boiler uses up a lot less space. By freeing yourself from the various water tanks, a lot more space becomes available in your home. With space at a premium, this goes down as a big win for the combi boilers.

Because they are smaller, they are generally more cost efficient when it comes to installation too. Not only are they more cost efficient, but they require less time to install for engineers. So while your neighbour is waiting around for their regular boiler to be installed, you can have your new combi boiler up and running in much less time.

In terms of energy efficiency, combi boilers once again come out on top. This is because the boiler will only heat up water when you request it, i.e. when you come to do the dishes, wash your hands or go for a shower. Traditional boiler systems, on the other hand, will normally heat water a couple of times per day. Once the water is heated it is then stored in the hot water tank waiting to be used.

In situations when the water is heated but not used, this represents a great waste of energy. In this day and age, it’s becoming more and more clear that we cannot afford to waste energy; efficiency is key.

How Much is a Combi Boiler?

The cost of a combi boiler depends on a few factors, such as your home, the type of boiler you want etc. Get in touch with us today and we can give you a quote on a brand-new combi boiler. Generally speaking, a combi boiler will cost you less than a traditional condensing boiler.

Combi Boilers Ayrshire

If you’re looking for a heating solution that’s more energy-efficient, frees up space in your home and will cost you less, we can recommend switching to a combi boiler. Macfarlane Heating Services provide combi boilers to our customers all across Ayrshire.

With decades worth of experience and expertise installing boilers, we can help advise you on the most sensible boiler solution for your needs.

To enquire about combi boilers, you can call us on: 01560 482717

or contact us via email on: [email protected]

Boiler Repairs in Ayrshire

Boiler Repairs in Ayrshire

Here it comes, the freezing cold Arctic Winter we’ve been warned about! The temperatures are set to plummet across Ayrshire in the coming weeks, blanketing our driveways with snow, icing our roads and increasing the demand for boiler repairs.

As happens every year, the weather affects thousands of people’s boilers nationwide. Many people enter into the colder months of the year completely unprepared for the drop in temperatures. This can lead to scores of boilers and plumbing systems packing in as the conditions worsen. Unfortunately, this leads to people being left without central heating and hot water when they need it most.

Boilers can break down for a number of reasons: poor insulation, frozen pipes, blockages, leaks. Any one of these issues can cause the entire system to go down, leaving your own home feeling more like Antarctica than Ayrshire.

Boilers and The Big Switch On

Most people leave their boilers switched off during the warmer months before turning them back on later in the year. This has now become known as “the big switch on”. This refers to the day, usually around late October, when many people turn their boilers back on in preparation for the colder months.

Because boilers are left switched off for many months of the year, problems can go undetected. Before turning the boiler back on for the winter, we would advise people to have their boiler checked. By having your boiler serviced by a professional heating engineer, you’ll be able to nip any issues in the bud. This will save the time, money and hassle that comes with a boiler breakdown in the middle of winter.

Boiler Repair Professionals in Ayrshire

No one can afford for their boiler to pack in at this time of year, especially the elderly or those with young children. Should the worst happen and your boiler needs repaired, we’re on hand to answer your calls and solve the problem. Macfarlane Heating Services possess all the necessary expertise to get your boiler back up and running as quickly as possible.

One of our highly experienced engineers will be swiftly dispatched to your home to resolve the issues you’re having. While our engineer is there, he will not only fix the boiler, but carry out various different functional and safety checks. By doing this, you will be left with peace of mind, knowing your boiler is safe and will remain operational for the remainder of winter.

To get in touch with us regarding a boiler emergency call us on: 01560 482717

To enquire about our boiler servicing costs you can call us or contact us via email on: [email protected]

Commercial Installation Project

Commercial Installation Project

Our team have been well travelled in recent weeks with a trip across the border to install a heating system for a client at their new facility in Barnsley.

Project Background

The client had recently purchased a new manufacturing facility which was to under go a complete refurbishment to serve a dual purpose as workshop with a office area to accommodate staff.

Existing Heating System:

The office heating was supplied through radiators that had individual thermostats and appeared to be in reasonable condition as was the pipework, the boiler and pump feeding same is non-operational, obsolete and required to be replaced.

The existing hot water boiler was a gas fired unit, while operational was leaking and obsolete.

The factory unit had no heating as four of the five existing air heaters having at some point been dismantled and were lying on the ground. Again these heaters were obsolete, probably 20-years old and even if they were reinstalled should the customer have required any parts for same they would be difficult if not impossible to obtain and the operation of the system would be of poor efficiency.


Office area:
A wall mounted Keston boiler was installed with a welded low loss header arrangement which was fabricated off site. Pipework was taken from the boiler, in copper to same at a L.L.H. thereafter the pipework taken and connected to the existing heating pipes with a new circulating pump fitted.

Hot water was supplied via a 125L model of Sadia unvented cylinder, heated via an indirect coil from the Keston boiler L.L.H. with pipework via a motorised valve and pump.

Overall control over the heating/hot water was via a programmer located at boiler.

Gas pipework was rerouted and reconnected to suit, tested and certified. The boiler has a unique 2-pipe flue system comprising of 2×2” MUPVC pipes that was taken horizontally to atmosphere approx. 4m, one fresh air inlet and 1-exhaust gasses.

Workshop Area:

10-off combat CMP 35 UTN ‘U’ tube radiant heaters complete with all necessary propriety support system was supplied and fitted – these units were suspended from roof structure at predetermined height (9m approx.)

The existing gas pipework system was extended to each of the aforementioned heaters, valved at each unit with the final connection being approved flexible type.

All gas pipework was pressure tested, commissioned and certified, additional isolating valves were fitted as necessary in keeping with good practice.

Control over the system was in two zones to suit Client requirement.


This was a large space to heat but within half an hour of commissioning the workshop units unit, a comfortable working environment had been achieved.

“We are delighted with our new heating system which is not only achieves the warmth we desired in both areas of the site but is easy to operate and was completed with minimal fuss and to a high standard of workmanship”
Client Feedback.

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Energy Efficiency Award Winner

Winner Winner!!!

Macfarlane Heating Services are delighted to have won the 2019 Energy Efficiency Awards Scotland – Regional Boiler & Heating Installer/Contractor of the Year Award!!

For a small family run business like ourselves this is a massive achievement which we are very proud of.

Congratulations to the whole team at Macfarlane Heating Services and a massive thank you to our customers for your continued support.

Scotland Energy Efficiency Awards

Macfarlane Heating Services are delighted to make the shortlist of the 2019 Energy Efficency Awards Scotland – Regional Boiler & Heating Installer or Contractor of the Year Award for the second year in a row!!

The aim of the Energy Efficiency Awards is to provide public recognition for the excellent work the Energy Efficiency sector is doing in implementing these schemes. And to help encourage best practice within the Energy Industry as it works to improve UK housing stock.

The 2019 Regional Boiler & Heating Installer or Contractor of the Year Award rewards one exceptional company, in each of the 11 Regional areas around the UK, that installs, maintains or repairs energy efficient boilers or heating systems.

This award recognises the efforts of fully qualified Boiler & Heating engineers that provide excellent customer service, and demonstrate a high standard of quality workmanship or best practice within their local community.

We are looking forward to the awards night on the 7th June.

Is your boiler ready for a cold snap?


If you notice any of the following warning signs, you’ll want to get your appliance serviced right away:

  • The gas appliance is not working properly
  • The appliance is burning with a lazy yellow flame rather than a crisp blue one
  • Black marks/stains are evident around the gas appliance
  • The pilot light keeps going out
  • There is increased condensation in the room

What’s the difference between a safety check and a service?

Prior to any work being carried out it is important to agree with your registered engineer their scope of the work so that everyone is clear. For example, there are differences between an appliance service and a safety check and equally between a safety check of appliances and a safety check of the whole installation, which includes all pipework and appliances.

What is an Appliance Safety Check?

An appliance safety check at a minimum includes all of the checks and tests to ensure the appliance is safe to operate, for example:

  • It is correctly set and adjusted to ensure the gas is burning correctly
  • It is of a type suitable for the room in which it is located
  • It is physically stable, securely fitted and properly connected to the gas pipework
  • There is an adequate and permanent air supply suitable for the appliance type installed
  • Any flues or chimneys are operating correctly
  • All safety devices function correctly

What is an Appliance Service?

An appliance service will include all of the above checks and tests and any other specific checks, for inspection and/or cleaning of the appliance as specified and detailed in the appliance manufacturer’s instructions. This may include:

  • If appropriate, an analysis of the combustion exhaust gases to ensure the appliance is burning the gas safely
  • A check of the condition of the appliance including (but not limited to): the effectiveness of any seals, gaskets, the cleanliness of heat exchangers etc. and checking for any signs of heat or other distress

This is not an exhaustive list and servicing requirements will vary across appliance types and models.

Note: Some appliance servicing regimes provide an interim performance check (annual) to be used in order to determine the degree of dismantling the appliance and the level of servicing required.

What is a Gas Installation Safety check?

If a gas installation safety check (all appliances and internal pipework) is required or specified each appliance will need to be checked as outlined above and additionally:

  • All accessible gas pipework is visually inspected to ensure the installation is in good condition, and;
  • The gas pipework is tested to ensure there are no gas leaks
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