For most of us, a central heating system that is working correctly is crucial for making it through the colder months of the year in comfort. Nearly everyone has experienced a boiler break down at least once, and if you haven’t, we can tell you that it isn’t pleasant.
To this end, there are several steps you can take to make sure that the likelihood of your boiler greeting you with an unwanted failure is slim. These steps are outlined below and will have you on your way to a toasty Winter.
Central Heating and Boiler Maintenance
Your central heating system comprises of a gas fired boiler unit which is connected to your home’s radiators by a series of pipes. This boiler is also directly responsible for providing your home with hot water, either directly at source when required or by the heating of water for storage in an onsite tank.
If there are any issues with your central heating system, the boiler is usually the culprit. Make your way through these steps as a starting point for your maintenance program:
- Go around your house and make sure that every radiator present is hot to the touch. If there are any cool spots, this denotes a problem somewhere within the system. These cold spots would also suggest that money is being wasted on trying to heat your home with an inefficient system.
- Make sure that you’re using your heating system’s timers correctly. You’re unlikely to need the central heating on all day so make sure you’ve set up your timers to turn your boiler on and off automatically.
This will save you money on your heating bill and prevent unnecessary wear and tear to your boiler.
- Make sure that your lagging is up to scratch. Lagging is the insulation that has been wrapped around your boiler’s inlet and outlet pipes. You will also see this lagging placed around your hot water cylinder if you have one.
It will degrade over time so replace it as necessary. The added benefit is that it will keep your water hot for longer.
- Check that your water pressure is around 1 bar. This is the ideal pressure level for most domestic boilers and would suggest that it is working correctly. The pressure gauge is on the boiler’s control panel itself – any higher or lower and there may be a problem with your system.
- Buy yourself a co2 and carbon monoxide detector. We all need to be careful with the presence of carbon monoxide within our homes. This is because it cannot be readily smelt, leaving us unware there may be a very serious and potentially deadly problem.
Call in the Heating Experts
It may be the case that you don’t feel comfortable carrying out routine maintenance or that your boiler problems have progressed substantially. If this is the case, call on the assistance of a heating engineer. There are several heating engineers in Dudley and the surrounding areas of the Midlands so wherever you’re located, you’ll have the help you need. Most will be able to offer an ongoing maintenance plan for a low monthly fee.
Don’t leave it until the next heavy Winter rolls around. Make sure that your boiler is still up to scratch whilst the weather is good.