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Keeping Your Boiler Healthy

December has passed, and if there’s ever a month that is notorious for people trying to be as healthy as they can to make up for the indulgence of the festive period, it would be January. Boilers also need to be kept as healthy and clean to maintain the highest rate of efficiency as possible. Below are some ways in which you can get the most out of your boiler for longer in turn, extending your boilers expiry date and keeping your boiler healthy.

Checking your boiler
The first step to take would be checking your boiler’s vent connection for any leaks. As with anything, your vent connection and chimney will deteriorate over time, so checking these parts of the boiler will become more necessary as the age. If you do see a problem with the vent, you can gauge whether there is going to be any issues within the system, but this is easier to replace and far more cost effective, than replacing the boiler itself.  Boiler vents are available to purchase on our website, click here.

Heat exchanger
If you have found a leak in your boiler, but noticed it isn’t coming from your vent or chimney, there’s a very high chance its coming from your heat exchanger. This is the part of the boiler that exchanges the heat, but no liquid should be exchanged at any point. It’s important to replace your heat exchanger soon after noticing a leak before it becomes larger and is more of an issue and more costly to replace for yourself. If there is an issue with your heat exchanger, we offer a variety to choose from. Click here to find out more.

Flushing your boiler
Flushing your boiler is a key way of keeping your boiler fresh and operating at the optimum level and intensity. Over time, rust and debris can build up in your system, leading to lower efficiency, so flushing the boiler would clear all of this. More modern boilers can be left longer without flushing, but 5 to 6 years is roughly how often these flushes should take place.
This can be done in 4 stages;
1. Turn off your boiler and let the water cool.
2. Turn off the water supply valve and attach a garden hose leading to a bucket or a bathtub, waiting to catch any liquid that comes from the system.
3. Open the drain valve and air vents of the radiator, letting air into the pipes. Water from the system will then start flowing through the hose pipe, thus clearing any rust and debris and wait until liquid completely stops flowing out.
4. The system should now be clear, and to refill the system; close the air vents and drain valve and turn on the water supply to the boiler. If your boiler has an automatic shutoff, refilling is automatic. If not, refill until the combination gauge reaches your boilers ideal pressure level. (In some cases, you may have to let air out of each convector of your system)
If you are unsure, please seek the help of a qualified engineer for any assistance or boiler servicing.

Lubricating the circulating pump
The circulating pump of a boiler heating system is responsible for moving all the water around the system. If the pump fails, effective home heating won’t be possible any longer. The best way to get the most out of the system is to lubricate the circulating pump at least once a year. This can be done, using a 3-in-1 oil and pouring it into the oil cup of the system. The oil will filter through into the pump and help keep it from grinding and sticking as it operates.

Boiler service
Finally, one last way that you can maintain your boiler life is to have your boiler serviced by a fully qualified engineer. Engineers will be able to check over your boiler and ensure your boilers efficiency is maintained to the highest standard for as long as possible.

There is a high chance that by following these steps, extends the longevity and maximises the efficiency of your boiler. However, if you find that your boiler isn’t operating at full capacity and is struggling to provide heat for your home, you can purchase boilers on our website.

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