I'm Mike Bryant, also known as "Mike the Boilerman". Welcome to my
I specialise in mending boilers - central heating and hot water boilers that
is, not steam engine boilers! In particular I specialise in fixing 'vintage' boilers
- those which
are old, unusual, or difficult-to-get-fixed, and often all three. I particularly
enjoy fixing those really well-made boilers from the 1980s and 1990s which other
technicians are prone to declaring "can't be fixed mate (or Luv), can't get
the parts". This is rarely true and sadly results in many perfectly
servicable older boilers being scrapped.
Anyway getting back on topic, I have decades of experience as a general plumber and heating
engineer but I find fault-tracing in boilers strangely interesting so these days I specialise in maintaining and repairing hot water and central heating
Just to be clear, although I'm Gas Safe Registered I don't do installation work. I'm a repair specialist.
I don't fit new boilers, radiators, cookers, hobs, gas fires or new anything, I
fix things that have been installed by others and have now stopped working.
I'm qualified for, and happily deal with, almost all domestic gas, LPG, and
warm air central heating systems. I'm also qualified to work on mobile homes,
and on river and canal
boat installations. The only class of domestic heating appliances I don't work on
is oil-fired appliances.
(Although you'll find me listed as OFTEC qualified oil technician I haven't accumulated a good range of experience with oil boilers. Nor do I carry the
stock and tools needed to provide a really good repair service, so I no longer
offer oil boiler repairs.)
This site is a collection of my comments on subjects I regularly get asked about,
in no particular order. Perhaps you'll find them useful; perhaps not :-) just use the links on the left
to see what I have to say on each subject.
And finally, a quick bit of background about me. I live in Reading, Berkshire UK.
I left technical college to become a mechanical engineer but I quickly became
dissatisfied with the corporate environment and left to be a self-employed
technician repairing boats. I gravitated into plumbing and joined the Institute
of Plumbers (now the Chartered Institute of plumbing and Heating Engineering) in
1984. More recently I specialised in bathroom design and renovation. I made
another change is 2001 when I re-registered with CORGI (now Gas Safe Register)
in order to specialise in boiler fault-tracing and diagnosis. Fault-tracing and
repairing the older, the more awkward and the unusual boilers which other
technicians seem unwilling to deal with is virtually all I do these days!
I'm happy to answer questions and queries about plumbing and heating by email
you are not a customer) There's no charge, but during busy periods there may be
a delay, and during REALLY busy periods no answer at all. In addition, simple
and well-framed questions usually get answered ahead of vague or complicated
ones! Ask me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for visiting.
Associate of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, Registered
Plumber, Gas Safe Registered gas technician
First pubished 16th January 2004
Last updated 9th October 2016