How To Keep Your Boiler In Top Condition
Our boilers are one of the most important appliances in our homes. In a recent Certas survey of 1,000 UK adults, over half of Brits admitted to not being able to spot whether their boiler is broken, but thankfully, there are a number of things that you can do to protect your home and family from the negative effects of a faulty boiler, saving you money and time in the process.
Get a service in summer
While there are lots of steps you can personally take to safeguard your boiler, you’ll still need to get it serviced by a professional. The best time to get this done is in the summer, after a long winter of use and – most importantly – before autumn and winter set in. No one wants to be caught out by a faulty boiler during sub-zero temperatures.
Alongside checking the components of the boiler for issues, a service should include a thorough clean, lubrication and de-scaling, if required.
It’s worth turning your heating on once a month for 15 minutes during summer to clear out any dust or debris that may form in the boiler due to a lack of use.
Keep the heating on low
New condensing boilers are perfect for efficiency, but sometimes when the weather is freezing, excess condensation carried outside via the boiler’s condensation pipe can freeze, blocking the pipe and shutting down the boiler. To avoid this, turn your thermostat to a low setting, ensuring a slight but constant flow of heat through the pipe. If freezing continues, consider letting it flow inside your home, or install a wider pipe.
Consider its age
Most boilers have lives of around ten years, so if your boiler is at or over this age, consider a replacement, depending on the advice of your engineer.
Bleed your radiators
Un-bled radiators contain lots of trapped air which can force your boiler to work harder. This will reduce the life of your boiler over time, so if your radiators feel colder at the bottom than the top, make sure to turn your heating off and bleed them with a radiator key, closing them up once water begins to drip out.
Check your boiler
There are lots of ways your boiler can tell you how it’s feeling – you just need to know where to look. The first is if it’s got a blue or yellow flame, usually seen through a small window in the boiler. If it’s yellow, that means it’s smoking, and you should immediately turn it off and call an engineer.