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Boiler Maintenance Tips

Boiler maintenance Tips: 6 Easy to follow boiler tips

Your boiler is the heart of your home, keeping you and your family warm in the cooler months and providing you with hot water on tap (excuse the pun) whenever you need it.

However, it is no secret that a new boiler which is correctly installed by a qualified heating engineer  is not cheap. Therefore, we have put together 6 top tips to help maintain your boiler to optimum performance.

Get your boiler serviced each year

Having your boiler serviced annually by a trained heating engineer will help to keep your boiler in the best possible condition and keep it running as reliably and efficiently as possible. Your engineer will be able to ensure any worn or damaged parts are replaced before they become a risk and result in a costly breakdown. This will optimise the performance and safety of your boiler.

Check your boilers pressure

Your boiler needs to maintain adequate pressure to enable it to circulate hot water around your home. On the front of your boiler there should be a pressure gauge – if the pressure is too low or too high this is likely to cause a problem. If you are experiencing pressure issues, please see our recent article here.

Bleed your radiators

Over time air can accumulate within your radiators which can lead to cold patches and poor performance. If you suspect your radiators are not performing as well as they should you can bleed them – see our article on how to bleed radiator.

Debris build up in radiator

You may also find that your radiator is hot at the top but cold at the bottom this will impinge the effectiveness of your radiators heating your home. This usually leads to the heating being turned up to compensate the lack of radiator efficiency, meaning you are using more energy to the same amount of heat. It is likely that you have a build up of sludge and debris at the bottom of your radiator, which is a natural by product of your pipes and water. The most effective way to remove it is to contact a heating engineer who will be able to clean out your pipework usually with a machine called a power flush. See more about powerflush.

Lag your pipes

If you have not already before next winter lag your pipes. Lagging exposed pipework will really help reduce the chance of pipes freezing in cold spaces like in your loft. When pipes freeze and thaw repeatedly they can become brittle and this is when leaks can appear. Lagging is easy to do and the material can be bought from your local DIY store.

Make sure your boiler is accessible

If your boiler is in a cupboard the entire front panel needs to be able to be removed by qualified heating engineer. If the boiler is free standing or wall mounted, then it needs to have at least 60cm clearance. If your boiler is not accessible your heating engineer will not be able to work on your boiler.

What next?

If your boiler is not performing as it should then why not call our friendly office on 01258 472132. Our heating professionals are here to assist and advise you with all your heating and plumbing enquiries.


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