Our Boiler Maintenance Top Tips
Your boiler is an integral part of your home, to provide plenty of warm water and heat throughout the house, keeping you and the family nice and warm. Here are some of our top tips to keep your boiler running at its best.
1. Annual Servicing
We would recommend having your boiler serviced annually with autumn being the best time of year. This will mean your boiler is fully functioning and running at its best, before the cold weather creeps in. Without a service, your boiler can become harmful to you and others in your household.
During a service your plumber should make sure that the boiler and all its controls are working well and also:
- Check for any leaks or corrosion
- Carry out a gas pressure check
- Conduct a flue test to look for dangerous emissions
- Give the boiler a quick clean and put it all back together again
A powerflush is a much more effective cleaning method, to restore your boiler to its fullest running capacity and to have your home as warm as possible. By doing so, your boiler will be rid of limescale, sludge, rust and other debris that can prevent water from running smoothly throughout the machine.
If you notice any of the following signs, it may be that you could benefit from having a powerflush:
- A noisier boiler than normal
- Cold spots on your radiators
- Radiators becoming slower to heat up than normal
- Tap water begins to look cloudy or discoloured
3. Keep your heating active
During the summer months you’re probably not using your heating and this can cause your boiler to seize up. We would recommend turning on your heating every so often during the summer in order to stop this. 10-15 minutes turned on every so often should be plenty enough to stop your heating system from seizing up.
4. Check the boiler pressure
A quick thing to look at is your boiler pressure. If you’re boilers pressure is too high or too low it can be bad for your boiler and lead to costly repairs. We’ve written a guide on how to check your boiler pressure and what to do if it’s either too high or low.
5. Bleed radiators
Air can become trapped in your radiators causing them to be less efficient. You can test to see if this has happened by checking for cold spots on your radiator. If it has, your boiler will be working overtime to heat your home, this can be solved by bleeding your radiators. Here’s a guide on how to bleed a radiator.
6. Check the flame colour
The flame on your boiler should be a clear blue. If it appears different this could be cause for concern and we would recommend you call a plumber asap.
If you are in the Leeds area you can give Aquaheat a call on 0113 670 278.
7. Keep it accessible and clutter free
Boilers need ventilation to work at the most efficiently, you should therefore make sure that the space around the boiler is relatively clutter free. This also means that if there is a need for any work done on your boiler or if you’re after having it serviced then it will be easily accessible to plumber.
If you’re unsure whether you have enough ventilation your plumber should be able advise you on this during your annual boiler service.
8. Stop pipes from freezing
During cold weather there’s a possibility that your pipes could freeze whilst your heating is turned off. If it’s your external condensation pipe this can cause your boiler to cut out as a safety precaution. There are a couple of ways to stop this from happening such as keeping your boiler on a constant low temperature during cold weather or adding insulation to your pipes.
9. Carbon Monoxide Detectors
If there’s any fault with your boiler there’s a chance it could produce carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is poisonous and can kill you so it’s always best to know if your boiler is producing it.
The gas is colourless, odourless and tasteless so it’s impossible for a human to tell if it’s been created, however a carbon monoxide detector can let you know. We would therefore highly recommend that you have one near to your boiler.
If one of your appliances is giving out carbon monoxide you should take the following steps as soon as possible:
- Call National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999
- Switch off the appliance and turn off the gas supply at the meter control valve.
- Open all doors and windows to ventilate the room
- Visit your GP and tell them you’ve been exposed to carbon monoxide