Boilers can cost a lot of money to repair, and even more to replace. Avoid these costly surprises by performing some simple boiler maintenance that will also make your boiler more efficient, lowering your energy bills.
Keep it ticking over
It is lovely when the warmer weather arrives and you can turn the heating off, but boilers can seize up when they are not in use for periods of time. It is a good idea to keep your boiler ticking over by turning it on for 15 minutes now and again during the summer.
Routinely check that radiators are not cold at the top and warm at the bottom, as this means that air is trapped in the system. You can remedy the problem by ‘bleeding’ the radiators – turn the heating off and slot a radiator key into the bleed valve, turning it anticlockwise for a quarter rotation. You should hear a hissing sound as air escapes and water may drip out, which you can catch with a towel. Finish the job by re-locking the valve and checking the boiler pressure is correct.
Get your boiler checked annually, even if it does not appear to have any problems. If you are looking for boiler servicing in Gloucester, contact a reputable company such as http://www.hprservicesltd.com/gloucester-boilers/boiler-servicing-gloucester/. Only an engineer listed on the Gas Safe Register should be used. The engineer will check all the parts and do any cleaning required to ensure your boiler is working safely and efficiently.
Check your boiler regularly and act upon any warning signs, such as strange noises or black soot appearing. It is wise to check the flame on your boiler, which should be a strong blue colour. If it is not, or if it appears smoky, contact a plumber, as this would suggest a problem. To prevents issues occurring, your boiler should be kept well ventilated and free of clutter.
If your boiler is faulty, it can produce poisonous carbon monoxide gas, which can kill. The Gas Safe Register recommends that every home should have a carbon monoxide alarm, which you can place next to the boiler and check monthly.
A well-maintained boiler will not only save you money but also keep you and your family safe.