How to extend the life of your Boiler?
Top Boiler Maintenance Tips – Prolong the life of your Boiler
A boiler can be a significant investment so it makes sense to look after it well to keep it working efficiently for as long as possible: the longer it lasts, the less it will cost you in the long run both in terms of the cost of the boiler itself and the cost of running it.
Prevent Breakdown of your Boiler – 7 Boiler Maintenance Tips
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 seven simple tips to help you keep your boiler in tip-top condition.
Arrange a Power Flush
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. If you are looking for the best power flush service in Edinburgh get in touch with Gasworks today.
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.
This is something very simple that you can do yourself. When the weather is very cold your outdoor pipes are at risk of freezing which in turn can cause the boiler to break down.
A frozen condensate pipe is one of the most common reasons for boiler issues in the winter. Lagging can be bought very inexpensively from DIY shops and this tiny outlay can save you an expensive breakdown come the next cold snap. Even if you’re reading this at the height of summer, go get it done now so that you’re prepared when winter comes around.
Switch the boiler on during summer
As counter-intuitive as it may seem, switching the heating on periodically during the summer months will keep your boiler parts moving and working properly, rather than being dormant for 5 or 6 months. Putting it on for around 15 minutes once a month should be sufficient to prevent problems when you come to turning the heating on full time in the autumn. We also suggest the Summer as the perfect month to arrange your annual boiler service.
Bleed your Radiators
Air can get trapped in your radiators which in turn can cause them to not heat up properly and puts more pressure on the boiler. Bleeding them regularly just releases the air and keeps them working properly.
Install a magnetic filter
Because the sludge that builds up in the system is predominantly rust from the insides of pipes and radiators, a magnetic filter is an effective way of attracting those metallic elements from the system and filtering them out. This can be used as an alternative to adding inhibitor but is especially effective when both are used together. This is something one of our Edinburgh heating engineers can do for you.
Schedule your Annual Boiler Service
The most obvious tip we can give you would be to make sure your boiler is serviced every year. This is your best opportunity to check everything is working as it should be, detect any potential issues early and, of course, remain compliant with any manufacturer warranties or insurance policy terms. This avoids having to call us out for any emergency boiler repairs.
Install a magnetic Filter
Because the sludge that builds up in the system is predominantly rust from the insides of pipes and radiators, a magnetic filter is an effective way of attracting those metallic elements from the system and filtering them out. This can be used as an alternative to adding inhibitor but is especially effective when both are used together. This is something a heating engineer can do for you.
Keep your Boiler in top Condition all Year Round
Many people will only really give their boiler any attention when it’s causing a problem but proactively maintaining it will minimise the chances of a breakdown and extend the boiler’s life. We’ve put together a few handy tips that you can implement to do that. Some have a cost attached and some are things you can do yourself but all will help you save money in the long term.
Your boiler will reward you for doing these things by working efficiently (keeping your heating bills to a minimum), having fewer breakdowns and ultimately lasting longer. If you would like to discuss how we can help with items such as powerflushing, inhibitor, magnetic filters or servicing, please complete the form opposite or give us a call today.
Treat your Boiler Well
If you follow our 7 boiler maintenance tips you are sure to extend the life of your boiler.
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.