With the winter months closing in it is likely you will be turning your boiler on very soon if you haven’t already. We will always be here if you need us, but there may be some things you can do to get your business on its way and mean your boiler is winter ready. Read our top 10 tips below.
Get your boiler serviced annually.
Contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to make sure your boiler is safe and operating at its best. They are highly trained experts who can help you keep your boiler running safely and efficiently.
If you have a pressurised system, check the pressure regularly.
Any sudden drops in pressure can signal problems with your boiler, such as a leak in the system. If your pressure remains higher than usual, that also indicates a fault in the system.
Regularly inspect your boiler for signs of leaks or damage.
A leak or visible damage can indicate a variety of issues. Your boiler may have pressure problems. Or a joint could have come loose. Whatever the source might be, make sure to ask a qualified engineer to have a look.
Make sure your condensation pipe is correctly lagged.
Your boiler’s condensation pipe needs to be properly sized and insulated to stop it from freezing, especially if it runs outside the building. Make sure to insulate all water and heating pipework in unheated areas such as loft spaces and underfloor. This is especially important for ‘A’ Rated boilers.
Check your boiler for black soot marks or wall staining.
Some discolouration or wall staining due to a build-up of heat and dust can be part of a boiler’s normal operation over time, however black soot marks or dark stains can indicate a combustion problem. If you notice soot marks or dark staining contact a qualified engineer immediately.
Check that all external vents, flues and air bricks are clear.
Making sure that your vents and flues are unobstructed is vital. A blocked flue, for instance, can lead to the accumulation of carbon monoxide. So, make sure you perform this check regularly.
If you can see it, make sure your pilot light has a strong blue flame.
A deposit build-up can put your pilot light out. If your pilot light is yellow or smoky, that could also indicate a problem. In all of these cases, make sure to speak to a qualified engineer.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors to give you an early warning of a dangerous build-up of poisonous Carbon Monoxide.
Test them at least once a month and make sure they are correctly located, not covered, exposed to direct sunlight, heat or too much airflow.
Turn off the water mains if you are closing your business down over the holidays.
This will minimise damage in case your pipes freeze and burst. To turn the mains off, you’ll also need to know where your stopcock is located.
Know the terms and conditions of your maintenance contract.
A broken boiler is never a pleasant surprise. Neither are unexpected service costs. That’s why it’s important that you know what’s contained in service contract if you have one. If you’re with British Gas, you can check here, otherwise, contact your supplier for their full terms and conditions.