Top Tips To Maintain Your Boiler

Now that winter is approaching, you’ll have to rely on your central heating system much more.

So, how can you ensure that your boiler is in top condition to avoid faults and repairs before temperatures drop?

By following the tips in this article and learning how to look after your boiler, so it never lets you down when you need it the most.

1. Book An Annual Boiler Servicing

In the same way we look after our cars by carrying out annual servicing, we must schedule regular health checkups for our boilers. Booking an annual boiler service with a Gas Safe Registered engineer is a great way to determine if everything is operating as usual.

A yearly service could save you money as engineers can spot signs of deterioration or locate faults before they become problematic. If you neglect to have your boiler serviced, issues will likely go unnoticed, resulting in breakdowns and repair work.

2. Perform a Powerflush

To keep your boiler healthy, a powerflush is a great option. A Gas Safe Registered engineer will remove debris, grime, rust, and sludge from the central heating system allowing them to function optimally. The results from a power flush can last between 5-10 years and improve the longevity of your boiler.

3. Bleeding Your Radiators

This task is more straightforward than a power flush and can be done without an engineer. If you notice any cold spots on your radiators or areas where it’s taking longer to heat up, it’s a sign of trapped air. Bleeding the radiators will mean your house will heat more quickly and reduce the stress on your central heating system to maintain the set temperature. Ultimately, it can save you money in the long run, so it’s worth checking that your radiators are working correctly.

4. Lag the pipes

Pipes are known to freeze when temperatures plummet in winter. You can choose to pour warm water onto a frozen pipe to melt the ice. A second option is to leave your boiler on low to prevent pipes from freezing. Or you can install insulating material over pipes to avoid freezing.

5. Turn off your boiler

During summertime, you won’t need your central heating system on as much. Therefore, you can turn off your boiler, so it’s not just operating in the background unnecessarily. Furthermore, to ensure the system doesn’t develop faults when sitting idle for months, you can switch it on for 20 minutes each month.

Even though the tips in this article will help keep your boiler in good condition, they’re no substitute for the personalised, tailored advice you will receive from The Boiler Exchange.

Contact us if you have any concerns not mentioned in this article or notice anything unusual about your boiler.