Maintaining your heating

Maintaining your heating before the cold weather hits is very important. Not only to keep you nice and cosy on those cold days and nights but to ensure you don’t end up paying through the teeth when the boiler breaks. Here is our quick list of checks that need to be made:

1. Annual Service

Boilers are expensive to repair and even more expensive to replace, so we advise booking a service once a year with a Gas Safe Registered Heating Engineer. The engineer will check and clean all of the parts to ensure peak performance, maximum efficiency and that it’s safe to use. We recommend having this service just before you start needing it for heating, say September or early October so that you can rely on your boiler during the winter months. As with all maintenance, it’s so much cheaper to catch a problem early than to wait until breaks further or becomes hazardous.

2. Turn on your boiler regularly

Boilers can seize up if they’re left dormant for long periods of time, so it’s important to use them regularly throughout the year. We recommend setting a timer turning your heating on for 10-15 minutes every couple of days during the warmer months to keep your boiler ticking over and ready for winter.

3. Maintain Pressure

Boilers can lose pressure over time which can cause them to run inefficiently and lead to trapped air in the system. It’s important to check the pressure gauge on your boiler periodically.

4. Bleed the Radiators

If your radiators are colder at the bottom than the top, or they are making strange noises (bubbling or running water), you may have trapped air in the system.

5. Insulation

It’s important to protect your boiler’s external condensate (drainage) pipe as it can as it can freeze and crack when the temperature drops below zero. This may cause your boiler to switch off as a safety precaution but can also lead to leaks which will be expensive to fix.

6. Give Your Boiler Space

It is very important to leave adequate space around your boiler for ventilation and maintenance access. By all means have some fitted custom storage in/around your boiler to make the best use of space, but remember to leave space for removing the boiler cover panel during servicing or in case of a gas or water leak.

7. Safety First

A faulty boiler can produce Carbon Monoxide (CO) which is deadly when subjected to prolonged or excessive exposure. You cannot smell, taste or see CO2 so we advise placing some carbon monoxide detectors around your home, preferably with alarms. Always place one near your boiler as this will give you an early warning. And don’t forget to check the batteries every month.

8. CP12 Certificate

If you are a landlord, your property’s will require a Landlord Gas Safety Certificate (CP12) issued by a fully qualified Gas Safe Registered heating engineer. By law, you are required to book an annual CP12 inspection with a local heating specialist and remember to issue your tenants with a copy for legal purposes. Along with this we would 100% advise installing carbon monoxide alarms.

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