Here’s an excellent piece of advice that applies to most things in life: If you look after something, it will perform better for longer. This can be said for everything from cars to computers, not to mention the boiler in your home.
Remember, during the summer months, it is the best time to give your boiler a bit of TLC if you have had problems with it, as demand is low until the build-up for winter. That’s why we’ve put together some tips on how to look after your central heating system so that you can save money for years to come as you won’t need an expensive boiler repair.
Switch the heating off during summer
If your boiler has summer and winter modes, you can easily change between them at the flick of a switch. However, other boilers might need the thermostat turning off so that the boiler is simply heating the water when required. By doing this, the boiler won’t heat your home unnecessarily during the hotter months. However, similar to a vehicle, it’s best to turn the heating on for 15-20 minutes once a month so that the system keeps ticking over and problems don’t arise later in the year.
Lagging protects your pipes
Summer is the best time of year for installing pipe lagging, as that way you’re all set for those chilly autumn nights and frosty winter mornings. Pipe lagging is very affordable and easy to install, yet the difference it can make to the longevity of your central heating system is significant.
Maintain the right pressure
Your boiler should have a gauge on the front that displays the water pressure. The perfect pressure level is between 1 and 1.5 bar, so if it falls below this you need to briefly turn on the two valves that can be found beneath the boiler. You’ll see the dial immediately start to rise, and once it reaches the right level you just need to turn the valves off again.
Flush out the detritus
Even the best brands of boiler succumb to sludge building up within the system over time. This can take a toll on its efficiency, especially if large blockages occur. If you think that this might be the case with your own boiler, you’ll likely need a boiler servicing company to carry out a power flush, which will clear away the dirt, maximise performance and extend its lifetime.
Book a regular service
To guarantee that it continues to do its job no matter what the weather conditions, your boiler should receive a service every twelve months. You can book an annual boiler service and be visited each year by a professional, who will carry out a comprehensive inspection and nip any potential problems in the bud. By investing in regular check-ups from a boiler repair specialist, it will help you make significant savings and receive the peace of mind that it has been examined by a registered Gas Safe engineer.
All of these tips will help keep your boiler happy for longer, saving you money in the process. However, you can also save money in the long-term by improving your boiler efficiency or investing in a new, more energy-efficient boiler. If you follow the steps above, you’ll find you can make significant savings which will go a long way towards a nice sunny holiday abroad – no boiler required.
Speak to a Boiler Expert
However, if you think that your boiler is showing signs it needs repair, then make sure to contact a boiler expert before it breaks down. Using our handy guide you can understand how much repairing your boiler will cost. You can also learn more about the cost of boilers in our electric vs gas boilers blog here. At ProTech we will always provide a no-obligation, fixed quote before starting any boiler work. Contact ProTech in Hull today. Give us a call on 01482 352 643 or send us a message online.