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Central Heating: Installation, Maintenance and Repair [Paperback]

Patrick Mitchell
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24 Oct 2007
An intelligent readers guide to selecting, installing, troubleshooting and managing a heating system. The book is based on UK rules and equipment, but since the text explains how the component parts of the system work, the principles can be applied more widely. The practical approach includes the design and installation of a working heating system. The book is well illustrated and has some thoughtful with fault diagnosis and trouble-shooting tables to help avoid much inconvenience and possibly save a fortune on plumbers. This book gives a detailed explanation of the design and operation of wet central heating systems. These are systems that distribute heat from a central heater throughout a building by moving hot water. Other systems such as dry electric, masonry heaters and steam based are also described. The necessary information to design a system, select appropriate components, install and commission it properly, maintain it, diagnose faults and repair them is included. Details of a wide variety of technologies are given because of the range of systems currently in operation. Included are chapters on the history and development of central heating; health and safety; the different system components; plumbing techniques; the principles of heat; control systems; fault diagnosis; and lime-scale, corrosion and their control. Though some of the concepts are complex explanations are based on the first principles so as to be accessible to any interested reader. The book will be of use to plumbers, DIY enthusiasts, architects, landlords, and householders who choose and use central heating systems.

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: WritersPrintShop (24 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190462362X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904623625
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review 26 Dec 2009
By Claire
I wanted a book on CH systems (and the corresponding Hot water system) which specifically covered how the electrical components were interconnected and how they interfaced with each other. This book was very informative in providing both wiring diagrams and explaining how each component was activated and how it activated the next component. It has various chapters on Valves, Pumps, Boilers, Radiators, Control Systems,Hot water and heating circuits etc. It gives clear explanations of how various parts of the system work such as 2 and 3 port valves, frost thermostats, boilers and variants that you might expect to find. This is not a book which will teach you how to fix a leaking tap, in addition it is not one of those glossy DIY manuals. This book is focused on central heating systems and goes into great depth, not a general plumbing DIY manual.
Prior to reading the book I did not have a clue how my system worked or what the mess of pipe work did- now it all makes sense. By chance the actuator on a 2 port CH diverter valve failed last week (day before Xmas eve!)- and I was able to identify the fault, buy a new actuator and replace it. Prior to reading the book I would have frozen to death over Xmas as I did not even know what a 2 port diverter v/v was.
Could not have asked for more really.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent technical reference 12 Nov 2009
I bought this book along with two other "big name" DIY titles and this was the most useful by far - I don't even refer to the other two any more. You don't get any colour diagrams or photos but you do get lots of detailed, technical information that is well structured and easy to understand. There are some odd spelling mistakes (as if the wrong word has been selected by a spell checker) but in practice, it makes no difference to the sheer value of this book.

It also looks to have a comprehensive wiring section but I haven't studied this as I've already re-wired my entire system, so I can't provide detailed feedback.

I would reccommend this book to anyone who wants to understand how their central heating system works or what might be wrong with it - even if you just want to be more knowledgeable when talking to a heating engineer or plumber.

I'm only a DIY reader so I can't really give a detailed technical appraisal. However, it seems to be up to date (published in 2008 at the time of this review) and differentiates well between older systems (eg floor mounted, low resistance boilers) and current equipment and practices (eg combi boilers). I have found it to be an excellent source of information.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RIP OFF BRITAIN!! 1 Mar 2011
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I am a houseowner and through necessity,a DIY enthusiast, as on the few occasions that I have needed to use the building trade I have often found their prices exorbitant, and their quality of work a lottery. And should you be unfortunate enough to have your central heating fail in the winter, you are at their mercy! Having moved into a 15 year old bungalow with a standard boiler, pumped, open ended vent system with a hot water cylinder, after having electric storage rads, and an open coal fire in our previous homes, I needed a book dedicated to Central Heating/Hot Water which my own DIY books only briefly covered.
This is a black and white paperback with 181 pages containing 58 illustrations and diagrams. I noticed it was only first published in 2008, so is an up to date book, which I was pleased about. There are 16 chapters, starting with the "History of Central Heating" and ending with a 19 page "Fault Diagnosis" other chapters cover Heating Circuits, Hot Water Circuits, Rads, Corrosion, Lime Scale and Chemical additives, Pluming, Heat, Motorised Valves, Pumps, Boilers, Cisterns, Control Systems, Wiring and Other Heating Technologies.
It only goes into the basics of boilers, as there must be hundreds of different models on the market, and obviously this is where us DIY,ers have to relent to "Health and Safety" as is explained straight away in this chapter. It does however give you a brief outline on Boiler types, Fuels, Components etc.
I have already done a minor repair. Have a much clearer picture of how my system works, and will be using this as a reference book for many years to come. Well worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Good review of central heating theory and could help in heating design in an easy to read book. Not necessary for DIYers, but an excellent reference for professionals and technical individuals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking little book 25 Jan 2014
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I used to do plumbing and central heating installations over 30 years ago and wanted a book with the latest info. This has it in spades. Cracking book. First class and highly recommended if you want to know how your system works or you are updating it. I'd give it 10 stars if it was available. No pretty pictures in it but what is there is very illustrative for your needs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal book explained all I wished to know 4 Mar 2013
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Purchased this book to find out how the central heating and water system worked within the home. Thankfully the pictures which outlined the component parts and what they did, explained enough for me to undertake the job and repair which would have been a very costly job if I had called in a Plumber / Heating Engineer. Knowing the job has been done properly and not fleeced by a cowboy has given me a lot of satisfaction. Well worth the cost and saved me over 500 which I was quoted and actually cost me in total repairing it myself 45. Highly recommended.
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Published 3 days ago by roman p
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Purchase
I am not impressed by this book, it needs bringing up to datexand with the inclusion of proper reference pictures. This book would not be useful to an apprentice. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robbie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
As described and arrived within specified time.
Published 1 month ago by Peter K
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a good book
Published 1 month ago by Jeff Hayward
3.0 out of 5 stars A general read rather than a step by step instruction book.
I expect this is one of those books apprentices will be expected to have bought or read but will in practice never be read more than once. Read more
Published 2 months ago by FriendlyFire
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for trainees!!!
I bought this book for the fault finding, but it has very little content relating to this, as a newly qualified plumber it covers the basics that you learn while training.
Published 6 months ago by martin howell
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative book
This book will be really useful and it is in an easy to read format. A good size too, lots of information included.
Published 8 months ago by Jasmine Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars relovent to my job
not to bad a little bit dated but helps when i need to know something, a useful reference i will pass it on when i dont need it
Published 8 months ago by andrew james burke
4.0 out of 5 stars good good good
All anyone could need for a complete beginers understand of central heating. Nothing more to say at all whay must keep writing
Published 10 months ago by woottonr
5.0 out of 5 stars Rating on central heating book.
This item arrived in a condition better than described. Excellent book better than new if that was possible. Read more
Published 12 months ago by john king
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