How to Keep your Boiler in tip top Condition
In our latest blog post we are going to talk about the best step you can take as a home owner to make sure your boiler remains in good condition. It is important that you take measures to care for your central heating boiler and system all year round to prevent any unexpected breakdowns.
5 Ways to Keep your Boiler Running Smoothly
Our Top Gas boiler maintenance tips
There are many things you can do to ensure your gas boiler maintenance is kept to a minimum, and if you know the likely problems that can arise in the first place then you’ll be in a better position to avoid a boiler breakdown call out. Here are out top 5 gas boiler maintenance tips;
1. Check the pilot light
Checking the pilot light on your boiler is one of the first things to check, if possible. If it is a strong, blue flame, then your boiler is in good shape. However, if the flame is orange or yellow, this is a sign that your boiler is not burning its fuel completely.
Incomplete combustion presents a safety hazard to you, your family, and your home. This means your boiler could be leaking carbon monoxide into your home. If you see an orange or yellow smokey flame, contact your heating company immediately.
2. Arrange for an annual boiler service
Annual boiler service is a great idea, you should get your boiler and heating system checked at least once a year. You can only go so far when it comes to D.I.Y boiler maintenance. However, for for a more rigorous inspection, with the right tools and expertise, you’ll need to contact a professional.
A certified engineer will conduct a proper boiler maintenance check. They’ll check that all components are operating smoothly, clean your system, and repair or replace where necessary. They will identify problem areas and work on the inside of your boiler, something that anyone without the knowledge and certifications to do so should never attempt.
In some cases, you’ll need an annual boiler servicing to keep the warranty valid. On top of this, regular boiler checks will keep it running efficiently and safely. Not only is it a legal matter, it is an economic and safety issue as well.
Before those cooler, darker nights start drawing in is the perfect time to arrange your annual boiler service in Edinburgh. Why not take some time to think about the condition of your central heating and boiler? You might be glad you did. And you will avoid having to call us out for a boiler repair Edinburgh.
3. Insulate your home
For your boiler to run efficiently and consistently, it needs some help along the way. This is where you come in. Make sure that your home is well insulated and that any gaps and holes that open up to the outside are kept to a minimum.
Your boiler could be running at its best but it could all be for naught if that warm air is escaping. Add draught excluders on your windows and doors (don’t forget the keyhole and letterbox). Close off vulnerable areas such as your chimney flue and loft hatch with the right excluders as well. Finally, repair or replace any windows in poor condition, and install any extra insulation to boost your home’s heat-retaining capabilities.
4. Bleed your radiators
This is a very worthwhile exercise to do before you get to autumn and winter when you’ll be using your radiators for the first time (potentially) after the summer months. Bleeding your radiators allows any excess or trapped air to be released, stopping them from heating up unevenly – such as the bottom being hot and the top being cold.
Some other common radiator problems are that the valve could have been painted over, blocking any pressure and requiring you to use some WD40, or your radiator may not be heating up at all and one or more of the valves could be closed. By checking issues such as these, you may find smaller faults before requiring more thorough gas boiler maintenance.
5. Keep your water pressure up
Low water pressure is one of the most common problems with boilers and is something that can be remedied at home with a little guidance. You might think your boiler is broken if it’s not heating up properly and that you need to call out an engineer, but you might just need to release a little more pressure through the pipes to increase the pressure again. Your gauge – whether digital or manual – should always be between 1 and 1.5.
How can we help with your gas boiler maintenance?
The suggestions above are great ways to keep a check on the efficiency of your boiler and will allow you to avoid any major problems that might cause your boiler to break down and avoid needing a repair.
But sometimes, a problem can arise that you aren’t able to deal with. Instead of having to call out an engineer and pay a large one-off fee for it to be fixed, it can be beneficial to arrange a gas boiler maintenance check every year form a gas safe engineer and get the best advice possible from a trusted professional.
Gasworks Edinburgh for boiler repair and servicing in Edinburgh.