We all dread a boiler breakdown – especially at the beginning of winter. But if you look after your boiler, you’ll increase its efficiency and lifetime. Here are five simple tips to help you keep your boiler in tip-top condition, and take a look at our video on preventing boiler breakdowns.
Lag your pipes
Prevention is better than cure, so the best time for pipe lagging is before winter sets in. If you’ve got visions of being on your knees with yards of material, don’t worry. Most DIY shops sell ready-made pipe lagging that slip over your pipes in minutes and cost around £1 a metre.
Switch the boiler off and the savings on
Once the weather has warmed up, you can turn your boiler off. If you have a combi-boiler, you simply need to switch it to hot water only. But to prevent problems when winter returns, it’s a good idea to switch your boiler on once a month for 15 minutes during the summer.
Keep the pressure up
Boilers don’t run properly when the pressure is too low. The right pressure is between 1 and 1.5 bar. This is easy to check as there is a dial on the front of your boiler. If you need to adjust it, find out how to check the water pressure in this video.
A power flush does a power of good
As time goes by, sludge builds up in your boiler’s system which naturally affects its efficiency. You can have it deep cleaned by a professional with Powerflush. This will clear all the muck and debris from the pipes and radiators so you get maximum heat at a lower cost. It also helps extend the life of your boiler.
At your service
Boilers, like people, like to be looked after. Give yours a regular service and in return it will last longer and work more efficiently, saving you money and worry. It’s vital that you always use a Gas Safe Registered Engineer who will not only check the basic safety of your boiler but will also carry out performance tests and repair anything that needs fixing.