How to Keep Your Boiler in Top Condition

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Whether you are deciding to install a new boiler, or hoping to get a few more good years out of your current model, there are some steps you can take to ensure that your system is as efficient as possible for as long as possible. In this blog, we go over some of the best things you can do to maintain your boiler in top condition.

How to Keep Your Boiler in Top Condition

There are many small maintenance tasks that can be done throughout the year to keep your heating system efficient. We are going to talk you through the three most important things you can do to ensure that your boiler keeps working well for longer.

1. Carry out Yearly Servicing

Getting your boiler serviced once a year is the most simple step you can take towards prolonging its life expectancy and efficiency. Ideally, you’ll want to do this in the summer months, to avoid any surprises in the colder months. A gas safe engineer will be able to detect problems early, before they turn into big issues, and ensure that your boiler keeps working smoothly and efficiently. 

Additionally, most warranties are only valid if you service your boiler yearly, so doing so might help you avoid costly repairs later on. Some companies include a yearly servicing as part of their boiler cover. 

2. Keep an eye on the pressure

Both low and high pressure can negatively impact your boiler’s performance. The ideal point of pressure for your boiler is somewhere between 1 and 2 bars. Sudden changes in pressure below or above these points indicates that there is an issue with your boiler that needs to be looked at as soon as possible. 

Changes in pressure can happen due to routine procedures like bleeding your radiators, so they are not always a reason to worry, and you may even be able to repressurise the boiler yourself. For more on this, you can read our blog on how to check and fix changes in boiler pressure. 

However, if you do notice the pressure of your boiler fluctuates without apparent cause, it is best to contact a professional, who will be able to detect issues within your heating system and deal with them before they lead to a breakdown.

3. Power Flush

Over time, rust and dirt build up within your system, making the water sludgy, which can cause blockages and cold spots in your radiators (usually at the bottom). This is why it is recommended that you perform a power flush of your heating system every 5 years and before you install a new boiler, to ensure that the build-up of rust and dirt does not negatively affect your brand new boiler and that your central heating system stays effective. For more tips on keeping your domestic central heating system effective, check out our blog on the topic. 

A power flush is not something you can perform yourself, as it requires special equipment, chemicals, and expert knowledge. It is best to seek a qualified central heating engineer, who will also be able to detect any other tissues within your system. While it does come at a cost, the energy savings that come with a clean heating system compensate for the cost of maintenance.

Final Thoughts

Keeping your boiler working effectively means carrying out regular maintenance, and not just attending to breakages as they come. Yearly servicing, maintaining your boiler’s pressure, and regular cleanings can help you prevent unexpected breakages and avoid the huge costs of emergency replacements. 

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