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HPM November 2015

Worcester, Bosch Group has voiced its concerns over the growing presence of problematic non-accredited heating controls within the industry. Noting the lack of legal guarantees offered by those controls not recognised by manufacturers, Martyn Bridges, director of marketing and technical support has advised that opting for one of these could leave homeowners with a number of problems in the long-term. Martyn said: “Installers may be a little confused at the moment with many ‘copycat’ controls being introduced to the market as an alternative to genuine plug-in controllers made by the manufacturers of combi boilers. “As such, there are several considerations for heating engineers to make when deciding whether these controls are worth what is often a lower price tag. “Not only should installers check that these controls fully comply with the requirements of the CE mark and Electromagnetic compatibility Directive, but it is also vital to read the small print on the boiler warranty. If a call-out is needed during the warranty period and a third party controller is found to be at fault, then it is important to be aware that the boiler manufacturer will not cover this controller under warranty, after all it isn’t its product. “This then leaves the problem of who is going to repair or replace the controller that is at fault. “In most instances the controls manufacturers do not have a field service department, so they cannot, or will not, attend a call-out. It is, therefore, going to be the installer who incurs the extra cost of having to replace the controller because, at best, all they will get from the controls manufacturer is a replacement, which of course the installer will then have to go back and fit.” The introduction of the Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive brings with it energy-labelling requirements for heating and hot water appliances. By rewarding the most efficient systems with a higher rating, Martyn argues this should come into the thoughts of installers when they come to recommend and install heating controls. “ErP will probably drive people to buying controls made by boiler manufacturers as these are able to fully interact with the boiler’s interface, and not just turn it on or off when requested,” he said. “The question must be asked whether unofficial controllers will be rewarded with an uplift in efficiency. In an age of increased risk of data theft, installers would also do well to make sure that any usage patterns collected by a controller are safe within the device.” FROM THE EDITOR Private sector landlords had better beware, following the introduction of smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) legislation. The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, which became legal on October 1, require landlords to have at least one smoke alarm fitted on every storey of their properties and a CO alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance. The new requirements are being introduced with the aim of increasing the safety of private sector tenants by ensuring they have working alarms at the beginning of the tenancy. The regulations will be enforced by local authorities, who can impose a fine of up to £5,000 in the event of a landlord failing to comply with a remedial notice. Two questions here. Local council budgets are being slashed left, right and centre, so how is this going to be policed with fewer employees to carry out the checks? And how many of the landlords targeted are going to be put off by a tiddly £5,000 fine, if they are caught? Won’t they just put up the rent? I am always supportive of any new legislation that has the potential to save lives, as this one clearly does, but here was an opportunity missed to really put the frighteners on landlords who think they can endanger lives. Alongside this new legislation story, HPM features a piece of research conducted by CORGI HomePlan. It revealed that one in ten adults in Britain has experienced CO poisoning to some degree in their home. With 58% of homeowners estimated to be firing up their boiler without an annual service this winter, let’s hope they aren’t the next victims of deadly CO. Unlike tenants, householders don’t have to rely on their landlord to sort them out with an alarm. Statistics reveal that in the event of a fire, you’re at least four times more likely to die if there’s no working smoke alarm installed. £30 on an alarm could be the best money a homeowner could ever spend. You can’t put a price on life. Tim Wood, Editor HPM twood@unity-media.com Installers must be wary of ‘copycat’ controls NEWSDESK Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com “...£30 could be the best money ever spent ” WWW.HPMMAG.COM Follow us on Twitter: @HPMMag SPECIALISTS IN BAY WINDOW RADIATORS CAST IRON RADIATORS DESIGNER RADIATORS ECO-ALUMINIUM RADIATORS TEL: 0116 260 9257 www.radiatorfactory.net DISTRIBUTOR TO THE MERCHANTS SCAN FOR BROCHURE HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY NOVEMBER 2015 5 enquiry number 302


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