As an essential part of your home, it is important that your boiler stays properly maintained and in good working condition particularly through the winter months as it sees more use, as if your boiler breaks down it can be costly to fix it at the very least. Although you should never fix your boiler yourself and always have it regularly maintained by a professional, there are a few home efforts you can make which help with the day to day running of your boiler and may help it to work and last for longer when you most need it.
Checking for Leaks and Cracks
Checking your boiler regularly for leaks and cracks is a good way to ensure that your boiler remains fault free. You can do this by checking the exterior of the boiler and by temporarily turning off the water supply into the heating boiler and monitoring the cold pressure of the system. If the cold pressure shown on the boiler’s gauge is slowly dropping over the course of a few weeks there may be a small leak somewhere.
It is important to check for leaks in the summer months as this process can take a little time and will not be very useful when it is cold outside! By checking your boiler for cracks and leaks throughout the warmer months there will be a lower likelihood of a leak springing and doing serious damage in the winter season.
Maximise System Efficiency with Frequent Use
Things rust and rot without use, so to ensure maximum efficiency with your boiler, try to run it at least once every 1-2 months, even during the summer, to prevent possible breakdowns when the winter rolls around, and to check the water pressure to ensure that everything is running smoothly. It may seem silly but if you discover a fault during the warmer months you will be able to fix it faster and at a lower cost than discovering a leak or a fault in December, where warm heated houses are in high demand!
Make Sure it is updated
Although many things are subject to general wear and tear with age, when it comes to boilers if yours happens to be over 25 years old it may be time for a new one. More modern boilers have more efficient safety controls designed to limit damages should your boiler develop a fault, so it is important to ensure that your boiler is properly updated. Ask a professional what needs to be done to ensure that your boiler is up to date and in compliance with any health and safety guidelines, as although it may initially be expensive to update the boiler, it will certainly save any heartbreak later on should anything go wrong.
Like with any appliance it is important that you run your boiler regularly and check it to ensure that everything is working well. Do not try to fix any cracks or leaks you find yourself, as you may unknowingly make the crack worse and could cause more water damage or even increase a carbon monoxide leak into your home, which is fatal. Always use a professional when you find anything wrong with your boiler as they are trained to deal with faults and will have all the professional equipment!
Make sure you can stay warm this winter with a fault free boiler!