Tropical air from the Azores and beyond may have helped push up outside temperatures in London to 16C, but a central heating boiler remains an integral part of your home – especially in the winter months.
Regular maintenance is key in making sure that your boiler has long and happy life, and doesn’t let you down when you need it most.
If your boiler does develop a fault, don’t be tempted to try and fix it yourself. Work should only be carried out by a qualified professional heating engineer with a Gas Safe accreditation.
But there are plenty of things you can do to make sure that your boiler runs smoothly. Here are three top tips you need to ensure that your boiler is ready to roll.
Use it frequently
To ensure that your boiler is running at maximum efficiency and that there’s no chance for rust or rot to set in due to lack of use, it should be active at least once every 1 to 2 months – even in the summer months.
Check that the water pressure gauges are displaying the correct pressures. If you do find any problems with your boiler in the summer, you’ll be able to get it fixed quicker and often cheaper because demand for heating engineers drops during the warmer months.
Check for leaks and cracks
Look around the outside of the boiler for any visible signs, then turn off the water supply that goes into the heating boiler. Observe the cold pressure of the system, checking to see if the pressure gauge shows a slow drop during the next week or two. If the pressure has dropped, this may be evidence of a leak somewhere in the system.
Consider a boiler upgrade
Talk to a professional heating and plumbing engineer about the benefits of upgrading to a new central heating boiler. They will also be able to explain the latest Health & Safety guidelines that all new boilers must comply with.
While a new boiler may a major expense in the short term, it’s important to consider the long-term savings in terms of greater efficiency and reliability.
Making sure your boiler is serviced regularly and carrying out the above steps is something you should be doing as a matter of course. They are preventative measures to make sure that your heating and hot water system is operating as it should.
It cannot be overstated that you should never attempt to carry out any repairs or maintenance on your boiler – leave it to the professionals. Not only could you end up making the problem worse, you could put yourself and your family in danger if something goes wrong.
If you are in any doubt whether there is a fault with your boiler, consult with a professional heating engineer and they will provide you with all the expert assistance you need.
Article provided by Mike, working together with Sussex-based boiler repair experts BSW Energy.