Here at Barry Ward, we understand the hassle a boiler breakdown can be so we’ve came up with a few simple tips to ensure your heating system is running proficiently all year round.
Schedule an annual service.
An annual boiler service consists of a thorough boiler examination; all components are checked to ensure they’re functioning properly and faults are identified and repaired before a breakdown can occur. It is much more cost-effective to repair boiler elements than a boiler breakdown.
Consider a Boiler Replacement.
Generally, a boiler should last for around 10 to 15 years, however this is varying for the type of machine it is. Despite that, the older a machine, the more likely it is to malfunction; it will not be working as efficiently, consequently costing you a lot much more money.
Monitoring your Boiler Pressure.
Your boiler will operate economically with stable water pressure. Most boilers have a dial on the front which displays the pressure of the system; it should read between 1 and 1.5bar. Sometimes when the pressure gauge is under 1 bar, the boiler will lose productivity and stop functioning altogether. If you have low water pressure, you can add more water to the filling loop. However, if your water pressure is high, switch the system off and allow it to cool. Then release the water from the radiator valves. You can do this yourself or ask a gas safe registered engineer to do this.
Power flushing is a process of cleaning the central heating system of built up debris, sludge and rust with the use of strong chemicals. It should only be performed by a professional who can provide power flush certification once it has been completed. The thorough cleaning of your system could prevent an upcoming boiler breakdown.
Bleeding your radiators is a useful technique to reduce boiler breakdowns, this involves releasing air that’s trapped in the central heating system. This will improve the overall performance of your boiler and reduces bills.
Switch your central heating system on regularly.
To save money on heating bills, some people switch their boiler off during the summer. However, if you do this you must remember to switch on your boiler for 15-20 minutes every few weeks to ensure all components functioning and reduce the chances of it seizing up for the winter. The more your heating system is used, the less likely a boiler breakdown during the winter will be.
Insulate your pipes.
During the winter months, it’s common for condensate pipes to freeze which can cause a breakdown. Purchasing insulation sheets from your local DIY shop is an inexpensive prevention method and improve your central heating systems efficiency.
Contact us if you’re worried or have any concerns with your boiler or central heating system. Minor problems can snowball leaving you with no boiler when you need it.