There’s nothing worse than waking up on a cold winter’s morning to find that the heating is off, there is no hot water and your boiler has broken down. Jumping into a freezing shower and having a cold home is the last thing you need – especially in the winter months!
Many boiler failures happen in the winter. It's essential, therefore, that you take care of your boiler all year round. This will help avoid boiler break down experiences. Here are our tips to help your home stay cosy and keep your boiler in working order.
Fix issues quickly
If you want your boiler working all year round it is important that any issues you find are dealt with promptly by a qualified plumber. This will ensure that your central heating runs properly and your boiler is safe.
Bleed your radiators
Making sure that your radiators are bled regularly is an easy way to keep your home warm and save you money. If your radiators have trapped air inside, they will not warm up properly and your boiler will have to work a lot harder, increasing wear and wasting energy. We recommend regularly checking your radiators and bleeding them when necessary.
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Boiler pressure checks
Along with bleeding your radiators, it is important to check the boiler pressure. This is something that you can carry out yourself. All boilers lose pressure over time, which means that they will work less efficiently and require a top up. As boilers are different, check the manufacturers manual to find out how to carry this out. Alternatively, you can seek advice from a plumber if you are unsure.
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Book an annual boiler service
The best way to ensure your boiler is running efficiently at all times, is to arrange an annual boiler service by a qualified professional. Central heating engineers will do the necessary checks and maintenance that your boiler require; giving you peace of mind that your boiler is safe and working correctly.
The annual service is also cost-effective and could save you money in the long-term by preventing possible problems from occurring. For households with new boilers, it is important to keep up your annual checks to ensure that your warranty for parts remains valid.
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Let your boiler ‘breathe’
All boilers need to be well ventilated to ensure they work correctly and safely. Keep the clutter at bay to allow for adequate ventilation.
Although this is usually done when fitting a new boiler, power flushing is a service that can be carried out at any time when required. Over time, your radiators may begin to clog up with sludge, rust and solidified minerals caused by hard water, which may cause your boiler to become increasingly noisy.
Power flushing is a deep cleanse for your entire central heating system, making it run more efficiently by removing blockages. We recommend you do not carry this out yourself and seek advice from a reputable plumber.
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Keep the heating on in the summer
It may not seem to make sense to run your central heating when the weather is warm, however, turning your heating on for 10 minutes every week during the summer months will prevent your boiler from seizing up. If your boiler is doing nothing for months at a time, it can deteriorate and you may find that it doesn’t want to work when you switch it back on.
For further advice on how to take care of your boiler, or, if you would like Arco Heating Ltd to carry out any central hearing or plumbing servicing, repairs, improvements or installations, get in touch with our friendly team today!
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