Replacing your boiler can be inconvenient and costly. Sometimes it’s unavoidable; swapping an old boiler for a modern and efficient one can be the best option.
However, if you have a boiler that you’re happy with, there are lots of things you can do to keep it running efficiently over the colder months. We’ve come up with 7 tips to help you keep your boiler happy all winter.
1. Service your boiler
Servicing should be done annually, by a Gas Safe or OFTEC registered professional. This will ensure that it’s running efficiently. It also means that any small issues can be rectified before they become a problem.
2. Perform visual checks
Check your boiler regularly for any signs of damage or leaks. You should also make sure that all the external parts of your boiler, like vents, flues and air bricks, are clear.
Another thing to look for is black sooty marks on your boiler. If there are any it may have a combustion problem, and should be checked by a professional.
3. Maintain your central heating
Bleed your radiators regularly to remove unnecessary air from your central heating system. You should also check that the timer for your central heating is working correctly. This is to make sure that your central heating is running efficiently and effectively.
Another good idea is to run your central heating for at least 10-15 minutes every month. This will stop the pumps seizing up when it’s not in use.
4. Keep an eye on your fuel
If you have a gas boiler and can see its pilot light, make sure that it has a strong, blue flame. If it’s yellow or smoky you should get in touch with a local boiler engineer.
If you have an oil boiler, keep an eye on your oil levels. If your oil runs out, the system might suck up debris from the bottom of the tank and damage your boiler.
5. Have your boiler manual handy
Make sure you have a copy of your boiler manual, and keep it in a safe, accessible place. If you don’t have one, contact your boiler manufacturer to get one. If you have a pressurised system, you can use your manual to check that your boiler is operating at the right pressure. If it isn’t, you can adjust it to the recommended reading in the manual.
6. Look after the area around your boiler
Check that there is plenty of space around your boiler, so that it is well ventilated. You should also ensure that you have a carbon monoxide detector installed in the same room as your boiler, and test it regularly.
7. Protect your boiler from hard and freezing water
Take a look at your boiler condensate pipe to check it’s sufficiently insulated. If it isn’t you should rectify this to stop it freezing during cold weather. You should also flush your boiler twice a year, using descaler if you live in a hard water area.
These 7 handy tips should help you keep your boiler happy over the winter months. If you need a professional to take a look at your boiler, fill in the form below and we’ll put you in touch with up to 4 boiler engineers in your local area.