We all know that nothing lasts forever, and boilers are no different. Although they are built to last, they do have a lifespan. However, that lifespan can be lengthened or shortened depending on how well you look after it. We have put together a few tips to help you keep your boiler in good shape and hopefully prolong its lifespan!
Our first piece of advice is to book a boiler service! A boiler service gives you a chance to catch any initial problems before they develop into larger (and usually more expensive!) issues. We recommend you have your boiler serviced once a year to maintain an efficient and safe machine. It’s also important to know that some boiler warranties are only valid if you have a service history.
Give your boiler a helping hand and make sure it’s not overworked. Bleed your radiators to help ensure there is no trapped air in your system which can make it harder for your boiler to heat your radiators properly. If you notice your radiators aren’t fully warming up or you hear ‘bangs’ when your heating turns on, this is usually a sign they need bleeding. Once that is done your boiler won’t have to work as hard to heat your home.
We advise our clients to keep their boiler on all year round, even during summer months or whilst they’re away on holiday. This is because turning it off for prolonged periods of time can cause parts to deteriorate. We understand you many not want to heat an empty home as it’s a waste of energy and money, however we suggest keeping it switched on, but turn your thermostat down as this keeps vital elements within the boiler working as they should. By doing this it also means your home is only heated to a low temperature and you should then hopefully avoid boiler repair costs that can occur if left turned off for too long!
Finally, if you have a combi or system boiler, regularly check your boilers pressure. It’s normal to have to top-up your pressure 2 or 3 times a year, but if it requires topping up more regularly or if you notice the pressure is very high this suggests you could have a leak or a problem with one or more boiler or system components. If this is the case or you’re not sure how to top up the pressure, call us to arrange for an engineer to come out and take a look.
Boilers need to be looked after in order to remain safe and efficient. If you are ever concerned over the performance of your boiler, get in touch to book an engineer to come out and take a look!