Your boiler at home will benefit from being maintained well and serviced according to the manufacturer's guidelines. It will keep it highly efficient, performing its best, and working for longer. There are some things homeowners can do to keep their boilers in good condition.
We’ve created a list of 7 boiler maintenance tips below:
Service Your Boiler Annually
Just like how vehicles run better and for longer when serviced annually, your boiler is just the same. An annual service also ensures your warranty remains valid. When servicing, it is also a good idea to highlight any issues such as strange noises, leaks, or issues when the boiler is in use. This could reduce damage before the problem escalates further and also stop the boiler breaking down completely
Keep an Eye on the Pressure if You Have a Sealed System Setup
As time goes on, a boiler can slowly lose pressure. Have a regular routine of checking the pressure. It should read between 1 and 1.5 bar. If the reading is lower than 1 bar, then it is a good idea to top up the water in your system. To learn how to do this, read the manual which came with your boiler.
Ensure Your Boiler is Well Ventilated if Required by the Manufacturer
Nowadays, boilers are hidden away and tucked into confined spaces. Problems can arise when other objects are stored around the boiler. As some boilers require vents, covering or restricting the airflow to them, can starve the unit of oxygen and cause them to lose efficiency. It cal even damage the unit and become unsafe to use.
Run the Heating System Regularly
Most people use their heating system only when the winter months have arrived. That means it goes unused for the warmer months. When boilers are left unused for long periods, they can seize up or stop working. To avoid this, we recommend running your heating system once a month for around 20 to 30 minutes.
Regularly Inspect Your Boiler
Look at the boiler unit and check for any obvious damage such as cracks or rust, strange noises while in operation, or leaking of fluid. Also, make a note of any error codes the unit is currently or has previously displayed. With some units, you can visually check the flame of the boiler. Ensure it is blue in colour and if it is any other colour, turn your boiler off and avoid using it until it has been inspected. If you do come across any of these problems, contact a Gas Safe Registered engineer to check your boiler and give you some advice.
Maintain Your Radiators
Looking after your radiators will prevent your boiler from having to work harder. Over time, radiator systems can get air into the system. Usually, a tell-tale sign is that there will be a cold patch at the top of a warm radiator or a radiator is not getting as hot as it used to. To resolve this issue, you will need to bleed your radiators.
As well as a build-up of air, the system can also have sludge at the bottom of your radiators which can lead to boiler damage. Flushing your system will help with this.
Choose a Gas Safe Registered Engineer
When your boiler is not performing or you need a service, ensure your boiler service is carried out by Gas Safe registered engineers. This is one of those things where cutting corners could cost you more in the long run. Faults in boilers can sometimes produce harmful gas which cannot be seen or smelt. It is also a good idea to have carbon monoxide detectors installed at home.