The boiler is one of the most expensive purchases you will make, so it makes sense that you would like to delay replacing it as long as possible. It is important to perform regular maintenance on your unit to ensure its long-term health and efficiency. An inefficient boiler is a safety hazard for your family. That is why we have put together some boiler maintenance tips to help keep your boiler in good condition.
Annual boiler service
The best way to ensure your boiler operates at its best is to have it serviced annually. This will increase its lifespan and prevent damage. Regular servicing also preserves your manufacturer’s warranty. Checks that all components work properly are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. An expert will try to detect minor issues early so that they do not turn into costly or dangerous problems in the future.
Bleed your radiators
Your boiler will not have to work as hard if you take care of your radiators. Radiators can accumulate air over time. You can usually tell it’s happening by a cold patch at the top of the heater or by the fact that it’s not getting as hot as it used to. This issue can be resolved by bleeding the radiators.
To ensure sufficient ventilation, keep any items and clutter away from your boiler. When working, a boiler naturally gets warm, so allowing it to breathe is essential to its safety.
Also, if you keep it in a box or airing cupboard, you should have an access panel to maintain it easily.
Run your heating system regularly
Many people will use their heating system only in the winter months, which means it goes unused for the warmer months. Boilers that are left unused for long periods of time can seize up or stop working. You can avoid this by running your heating system once a month for around 20 to 30 minutes during the warmer months.
Repressurise your system
After the boiler has been running for a while, check the pressure gauge to ensure it is within the manufacturer’s specifications. You should repressurise your boiler once in a while to ensure it heats your home evenly and provides hot water when needed. Do this carefully to avoid damages and costly boiler repairs.
Check the flame
If the flame on your boiler is yellow or orange, that is a sign that the boiler doesn’t burn the fuel completely, so there might be a carbon monoxide leak. The flame should normally be blue.
Check for leaks
It is important to regularly check for water leaks or drips around your boiler and pipes. Some pipes are prone to leaking and are the first sign that your boiler might be due to be changed.
The team at QUAD Fuels knows how important it is to not only take care of your home but also to pay attention to your heating system, so we hope you’ve found these tips helpful.