Boilers are an essential piece of equipment for every home. When something goes wrong, they can be very expensive to repair and the lack of hot water and heating within the period of downtime can be almost impossible to cope with. Regularly boiler maintenance will keep the boiler working at optimal conditions and will aid in preventing unexpected breakdowns.
Servicing the boiler
One of the key elements in a proper maintenance routine is the servicing of the boiler. This should be carried out once a year by a qualified professional. It is important to ensure that the engineer is on the gas safety register. The engineer will strip the boiler and clean all of the components to ensure they all function correctly. It is advisable to carry out the service in the summer months to avoid strain in winter.
Using the boiler frequently will ensure that the parts do not seize up. Professional experts recommend turning the heating on for a minimum of fifteen minutes over the summer months to prevent this.
Check the pressure
The pressure of the boiler can drop over time which stops them from working efficiently. Check the pressure of the boiler regularly and top it up if required. You can employ a plumber to do this or you can do it yourself if you follow the boiler’s instruction manual carefully.
Radiators can sometimes need bleeding as air can become trapped in places, preventing the heat from evenly distributing. It can cost more money to run an inefficient boiler so it is worthwhile checking that all radiators are functioning properly.
The flame in the boiler should be blue in colour. If it is any other colour, seek professional advice immediately.