Your boiler plays a crucial role in keeping your home warm and comfortable, especially during chilly British winters. To ensure that it continues to operate efficiently and lasts for as long as possible, here are our five top maintenance and care tips that can help extend its lifespan.
Just like any other mechanical equipment, boilers require regular servicing to keep them in optimal condition. Gas Tech Heating recommends scheduling an annual boiler service by a qualified engineer. During the service, the engineer will thoroughly clean and inspect the boiler, identify any potential issues, and make necessary adjustments. This proactive approach can help catch problems early on and prevent costly repairs down the line.
Servicing is often a requirement of your boiler’s warranty. And many warranties are only valid if the boiler is professionally serviced on a regular basis, so always check the terms and be careful to comply.
Bleed your radiators
If you notice some of your radiators are not heating up as effectively as others, it may be due to trapped air inside the system. This can put unnecessary strain on your boiler, reducing its efficiency and lifespan. To address the issue, we suggest bleeding your radiators. Simply use a radiator key to open the bleed valve slightly and release any trapped air. Remember to have a towel or container ready to catch any water that may escape. Most homeowners can undertake this operation themselves so don’t get ripped off by unscrupulous traders.
Maintain proper water pressure
Low water pressure can negatively impact your boiler’s performance and cause damage over time. To maintain the correct water pressure, check the boiler’s pressure gauge periodically. Gas Tech Heating advises keeping the pressure between 1 and 1.5 bars. If the pressure is too low, consult your boiler’s manual or contact a qualified engineer for guidance on how to increase it safely.
Protect against freezing temperatures
During very cold winter months it’s important to protect your boiler from freezing. Freezing can cause significant damage and lead to expensive repairs. Gas Tech Heating recommends insulating exposed pipes and the condensate pipe. You can use foam insulation or heating tape, which can be found at most DIY and plumbing stores. Additionally, if your boiler is located in an unheated area, such as a garage, outbuilding or loft, consider using a low-level heating source to keep it warm.
Keep the area around the boiler clear
Lastly, ensure the area around your boiler is clear of clutter and debris. We usually recommend keeping a minimum distance of 30cm around the appliance to allow for proper ventilation. This helps the boiler to operate efficiently and reduces the risk of overheating. Regularly dusting and vacuuming the area can also prevent dust and dirt from clogging the boiler’s internal components.
Happy boiler, happy home!
By following these easy maintenance and care tips you can significantly extend the lifespan of your boiler, ensuring it continues to provide reliable heating for your home and pays for itself over its lifetime. For more information or to book a boiler service please give us a call on 01442 832202.
Note: The content of this article is for informational purposes only. Always refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines and consult our qualified professionals for specific advice. Never attempt boiler repairs yourself.