A broken boiler is probably the most distressing piece of equipment to go wrong in the house, especially during winter. We rely on our boilers to heat our homes, give us hot baths and showers. With regular boiler maintenance routines, you can carry out to reduce the chances of boiler breakdown!
Keep It Ticking Over
During the seasons when your boiler is used less frequently, it is good practice to turn the heating on for 15 minutes at a time, once a month. This keeps the boiler working and helps reduce the chances of the boiler failing during heavy use in the winter time. If there are any problems with the boiler turning it on occasionally will alert you to any problems before the winter when a functioning boiler is moist essential.
Check For Leaks
A carbon monoxide detector will alert you to any boiler leaks which as well as showing up any boiler problems could save a life. These detectors are inexpensive and have huge value. Should you detect a leak, make sure you call a gas engineer straight away.
Get it serviced
Most people would agree servicing a car on a regular schedule is a good thing, so why not your boiler? Having a gas engineer expect your boiler once a year, can flag up any potential problems, before they become serious and render your boiler useless. When looking for a gas engineer, make sure they are on the gas safe register and have good reviews.
Check The Pressure
Ensure your boiler is operating at the correct pressure (refer to your boilers manual to find out what this is). Most boilers have gauges on them to make it easy to check this. If the pressure is too low, your water pressure may be undesirably low. A pressure that is too high may be putting the boiler under unnecessary wear and tear on the boiler’s parts.
Check the Water
Living in a hard water area can affect the performance of your boiler, as hard water supplies have a high concentration of minerals, which can lead to lime scale build up within the boiler. If you think this is a problem, many gas engineers offer a power-flush service which if carried out properly will flush lime scale deposits from your boiler and other water pipes around the home. Ensuring your boiler doesn’t have excess build-up of limescale will help to prolong its working life.
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