Do you know how to take care of your boiler? Your boiler is arguably one of the most important electrical appliances in your home so, it’s important you know how to take care of your boiler. The boiler is at the heart of your home’s central heating system and works extremely hard to keep you and your family warm during the colder months. One thing we all dread is a boiler breakdown especially during winter. In this article, we highlight how to take care of your boiler.
How to Take Care of your Boiler
It doesn’t matter whether your boiler is brand new or you’ve had it some time, it pays to know how to take care of your boiler. Knowing how to take care of your boiler will improve its efficiency and help to increase its lifespan which will not only benefit your home, but also your pocket. Keeping your boiler in tip top condition will ensure your home is always at a comfortable temperature. For advice on how to make sure your boiler is in good condition follow our top tips on how to take care of your boiler.
Boiler Maintenance Tips
Here are our 8 tips to show you how to take care of your boiler and help to prevent any major boiler breakdowns:
- Annual boiler service
- Bleed your radiators
- Check your boiler pressure
- Fix issues quickly
- Switch your boiler off
- Regularly clean your boiler
- Keep the area around your boiler clear
Annual Boiler Service
Booking your boiler in for an annual boiler service will ensure your boiler will last longer and is operating more efficiently, saving you money and helping to prevent major boiler breakdowns. How often should a boiler be serviced? You should arrange a boiler service with a qualified Gas Safe engineer every 12 months. The engineer will follow a boiler service checklist carrying out a number of checks and tests to ensure it is operating smoothly and your boiler is still safe. Taking the time to have an annual service on your boiler will ensure it is well-maintained and operating safely to its maximum capacity. During a boiler service, the engineer will be able to detect if there are any issues with your boiler so, any essential repairs or replacements can be carried out.
Book your annual boiler service in with Fixx.
We will arrange a suitable date and time to carry out your boiler service. All of our gas engineers are on the Gas Safe Register so, you can have peace of mind all boiler servicing carried out by us will be completed safely and efficiently to the highest standard. The engineer carrying out your service will not only check the basic safety of your boiler, but also carry out performance tests and repair anything that needs fixing. To book your boiler service please call us on 0330 3530 365 or book online.
Bleed your Radiators
If your radiators aren’t running efficiently, then your boiler will need to work harder. Maintaining your radiators by bleeding them will benefit your boiler. Providing there are no additional problems, bleeding your radiators is a simple task that you can do quickly and easily. Bleeding your radiators involves opening a valve on your radiator and letting out the trapped air which is causing them not to heat up fully.
If you’re unsure how to do this, read our helpful guide on how to bleed a radiator.
Check your Boiler Pressure
The pressure of your boiler can affect how it performs. Over time, boilers can lose pressure which will decrease their efficiency. If your boiler’s pressure is too low then it won’t run properly, the right boiler pressure is between the 1 and 1.5, you can easily check this on the front of your boiler. Checking your boiler pressure gauge every couple of months will allow you to keep on top of things.
Power Flush your System
What is a power flush? A power flush is a cleansing process for your central heating system. Over time, sludge, rust and other debris can build-up in your radiators, pipes and boiler preventing the system from working properly. Powerflushing uses a chemical solution to give your system a deep clean flushing out all the sludge, rust and other debris from your system. Therefore, your boiler and radiators will heat your home more effectively and extend the lifespan of your system. Here at Fixx, we recommend you seek advice from one of our Gas Safe Registered engineers who will advise you on whether your central heating system requires a power flush.
Fix Issues Quickly
It doesn’t matter how old your boiler is, it’s important that if there are any issues with your boiler, you address them quickly. For example, if your boiler requires a small repair which isn’t urgent to help it run more efficiently ensure you seek help from a fully qualified engineer to complete the work as sooner as you can. This way your central heating system will stay safe and efficient.
Switch your Boiler off
When the warmer weather arrives, you can turn your boiler off to save you money. If you have a combi boiler, you can simply switch it to hot water only. However, to prevent problems when winter returns, it’s a good idea to switch your boiler on once a month for 15 minutes during the summer.
Regularly Clean your Boiler
Like anything else in your home, your boiler collects dust, regularly cleaning your boiler will avoid a buildup of dust and will prolong its lifespan. Using a soft cloth to dust the outside of your boiler will prevent any additional dust or dirt from getting into the boiler. However, do not attempt to clean the inside of your boiler yourself. Always get a Gas Safe engineer to clean your boiler to ensure it is done safely and properly.
Keep the Area around your Boiler Clear
Boilers need to be kept well ventilates for them to work well so, keep the area around your boiler clear. For example, if your boiler is located in a cupboard, don’t fill this area with coats and bags as this can cause problems for your boiler.