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Boiler Maintenance Advice

Just like technological devices and other home equipment, boilers needs to be maintained to hold their efficiency and high performance levels.
It’s important to remember annual boiler maintenance and repairs should only be completed by a professional, however there are a number of small tasks which can be under taken by the homeowner. Take a look below to find out why maintaining your boiler is important and the steps you can take to help ensure your boiler is in top working order.

Why Have Regular Boiler Maintenance?

SavingSave Money - A well maintained boiler can help you save money by working at optimum efficiency and reducing the chances of unexpected boiler repairs. Identifying problems with your boiler early can prevent further damage to the boiler making sure it is working when you need it most.Tick

Boiler Warranty - For many boilers in order to keep the warranty valid, the boiler needs to have an annual service by a fully qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.

warningCarbon Monoxide – Keeping your boiler maintained can protect you and your family from poisonous carbon monoxide gasses. Faulty boilers can sometimes produce a toxic gas which is undetectable by sight, smell or taste. To ensure you are not at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, install a carbon monoxide alarm in your home and regularly test the batteries.

Top Boiler Maintenance Tips

Annual Boiler Service – The first and most important way of maintaining your boiler is by having it serviced annually. Not only does an annual service ensure your boiler warranty is still valid, but it helps to highlight any parts of the boiler which may require maintenance. Identifying boiler problems early can minimise the amount of damage caused to the boiler and save you the expense of repairing a boiler that’s broken down. Click here to find out more on the important of getting your boiler serviced.

Check Your Boiler Pressure – Over time boilers can slowly lose their pressure, this can negatively impact their performance and increase heating bills. You can check your boilers pressure by inspecting the boiler pressure gauge which should read between 1 and 1.5 bar. If the pressure reads lower than 1 bar it is recommended that you consult your boiler manual and top up the water within your system.

Keep Your Boiler Ventilated - When boilers are hidden away in cupboards it can be tempting to make use of all the available space and pack items tidily around them. For boilers to work at their highest efficiency it is important to make sure they have plenty of ventilation and that no vents are blocked or covered. Blocking ventilation can starve boilers of oxygen causing them to perform less efficiently and potentially become damaged.

Test your Heating – In the warmer summer months it can be tempting to switch your heating off and not switch it back on until the first chills of winter arrive. Occasionally when boilers are left for long periods of time they can stop working or seize up, to prevent this from happening test your heating for around 30 minutes every month or so.

Boiler Warning Signs – Regularly inspect your boiler for tell-tale warning signs such as blocked flues and vents, cracks, leaks or any unusual noises coming from the boiler. If your boiler exhibits any of these worrying warning signs it is best to have a trained engineer inspect the boiler and advise on the best course of action.

The flame within your boiler (if you have one) should be blue in colour, if it is any other colour e.g. yellow or smoky, switch your boiler off right away and contact an engineer.

Keep Your Radiators in Check – Keeping your radiators in top shape will save your boiler from having to work more than it has too. Over time radiators can accumulate air in the system, this can stop radiators from reaching optimum heat levels and cause cold patches at the top. If you suspect your radiators need bleeding read our quick blog on How to Bleed a Radiator.

Another common problem which radiators can exhibit over time is the build-up of sludge. Sludge build up can cause cold patches at the bottom of your radiators and eventually result in boiler breakdown. Click here to find out more about the causes of sludge build up and how to prevent sludge within your heating system.

Choose a Professional - When it comes to looking after your boiler and central heating system it vital to choose a suitably trained engineer. To guarantee your engineer is Gas Safe registered and trained to the highest level select an engineer which is listed on the Gas Safe Register website.