Boiler maintenance tips you should follow

Posted in Boilers | Maintenance | Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) | Plumbing | Property Maintenance
Published on August 21, 2019

Boilers are an integral part of every property, whether it’s a residential home or a commercial business, they’re crucial in the day-to-day running of a building. They create heating, power and electricity, depending on the type of boiler you decide to have installed. They keep our radiators warm and our water running hot exactly when it needs to be.

From time to time boilers can become costly and if you have ever had to call out a specialist for a boiler-related emergency, you will know why. This is where we recommend that you keep on top of your boiler maintenance to not only keep the pennies in your pocket but to avoid any accidents. If boilers aren’t looked after properly, they can become faulty and unfortunately, in the worst-case scenario, a faulty boiler can be fatal.

Here are some boiler maintenance tips we recommend that you follow to keep your boiler running efficiently and keeping your fuel costs down.

Regular Boiler Servicing

Every boiler should at the very minimum have a service every year, carried out by a trained professional who can ensure that it’s working correctly. A Gas Safe engineer will be able to fully assess the current condition of your boiler and make any adjustments that can result in it running more safely and efficiently. They will also note any cause for concerns and ensure that you receive the correct solutions. Boiler servicing is one of the fundamental parts of boiler maintenance as they can be used a lot in the colder months of the year, they need to be in the best condition possible.

Prevent Pipes Freezing

Frozen pipes can be a big danger to boilers as it can lead to the system becoming blocked up allowing for pressure to be built up within the boiler. When the weather is cold, ensure that you have the heating on for at least a couple of hours a day just so the pipes are kept to a temperature that won’t allow for freezing to occur. Even in the warmer months where we don’t tend to use the heating as much, although frozen pipes won’t be an issue, it’s a good idea to use the heating every once in a while to ensure everything is running smoothly.

Leak Awareness

Having a boiler leaking is more common than you would think, so it’s important that it is regularly checked for any signs of leakage as they will be cheaper to fix the earlier they are spotted. Leaks can cause rust in the system and also electrical faults, so it’s vital that they are dealt with as soon as they are spotted. Have a check in that cupboard where your boiler lives every so often to ensure there are no signs of a leak.

Check Ventilation

Just like anything else, your boiler needs room to breathe so that it can work properly. Ensure that your boiler is free of any clutter that may surround it as it does, in fact, need the space so that it can do its job well. If it is in a cupboard that is also used for storage, ensure that other items are well and truly out of the way so that they do not cause any ventilation issues that could lead to further boiler damage.

Bleed Your Radiators

Although not directly boiler-related, your radiators not heating up is a sign of possible boiler damage. To ensure you don’t jump the gun on this situation, it is best to bleed your radiators once in a while. Bleeding your radiators get rid of any condensed air that can sometimes get trapped and will often result in your pressure gage in your boiler reducing. You can read more details about boiler pressure in your boiler manual.

By following these boiler maintenance tips, you’ll be less likely to run into serious trouble when it comes to your boiler. For any boiler installations, emergency boiler repairs or services, check out our full list of Boiler Services then give us a call on 0208 988 1662 or email us with your enquiry.