If you want to ensure that your boiler works reliably and at maximum efficiency, it is important to look after it. Regular care and attention and a little bit of boiler maintenance now and again is all that is required.
When a boiler breaks down, it’s always inconvenient. No heating in the morning? Cold shower as you get ready for work? It doesn’t bear thinking about.
Then there’s the added hassle of waiting for a heating engineer to come out. To add insult to injury, repair bills can be unexpectedly expensive, making the whole experience one you’d undoubtedly rather not repeat.
Here are some key checks you can carry out periodically to ensure your boiler keeps you warm and toasty for many years to come, helping you to prolong the lifespan of your boiler and saving you money in the long run.
You should check the water level of the boiler every couple of weeks. Boilers should never be allowed to run dry – this can cause irreparable damage and cause accidents that can endanger you and your family. Check to see if the pilot light is on when you check the water level; if it is too low, there may be an issue with the plumbing. Usually, it only needs a few minor adjustments to get your boiler back to normal.
If your boiler doesn’t run properly, it may be that air vents have become blocked. This is usually caused by a build-up of dirt which then obstructs the airflow through the system. Check all vents and flues regularly to make sure they are not obstructed and be careful to clear any blockages immediately.
Dust can build up inside the boiler, so make sure the room your boiler is situated in is well ventilated and kept clean. Dust inside the heating system can prevent the boiler from operating correctly, and is particularly prone to affecting the fan, so do make sure this doesn’t happen to your boiler.
Hard water can cause a build-up of limescale in your boiler and central heating system, in the same way as you can see in taps and shower heads. If there is a limescale issue, your boiler won’t run as efficiently and the heat exchanger may become damaged, so it is important to use a proprietary descaling product now and again.
It is possible to do this yourself but unless you’re confident it’s best to consult a professional and qualified plumbing and heating engineer for advice.
Your boiler may spring a water leak at any time – and what a nuisance it is when it does. Make sure you carry out periodic checks, including looking for any signs of gas or fuel leaking from the valves connected to the boiler. A simple adjustment may be all that’s needed if you do spot a leak, however it is always best to consult a reputable central heating engineer to make sure your boiler and heating system are not damaged and need repairing.
This article was provided by Mike James, an independent content writer in the property sector – working together with a selection of companies including Sussex-based heating specialists BSW Energy, who were consulted over the information contained in this piece.