You might not look at it very often but the boiler is pretty much the heart of the home, providing hot water and heat and keeping your home pleasant and toasty warm. It is also one of the priciest things in your home so find out some tips right here on how to look after your gas boiler.
This may sound like an unwanted expense, but you really should get your boiler serviced annually to make sure that everything is in full working order. These checks can pick up on small problems before they have a chance to turn into big ones, so do consider this as part of your yearly routine. Along with the annual check-up, you should get into the habit of regularly checking your boiler for any leaks and strange sounds such as tapping, clunking, gurgling and whistling which can be signs of faulty valves, air in the heating system or build-up of lime scale known as kettling which can be a problem in hard-water areas.
Another thing you can do, is switch your boiler off in the warm summer months (with a combi boiler, simply change the setting to hot water only) when you don’t need it as this will not only save you money, but also help to lengthen the working life of your boiler. When it is off during warmer months, just make sure that you fire it up for 15 minutes each month to make sure that it is all still working; you don’t want a nasty shock on the first chilly night of autumn!
Keeping the pressure at the right level is also helpful in safe-guarding your boiler; if the pressure drops too low it can cause the boiler to cut out, and is a particular foible of combi boilers. You can easily check the pressure by reading the dial on the front of the boiler; ideally it should read between 1 and 1.5 bars. Keep an eye on this and adjust as required which will be detailed in your boiler’s user manual.
So now onto the user manual; this is so useful for helping you to look after your boiler correctly. Keep it somewhere safe but accessible so that it is there if and/or when you need it, and make a note of an emergency boiler engineer just in case!
Next up is something that you can do for your boiler that is easy, cheap and helpful in avoiding a specific boiler problem; namely the external pipes freezing leading to condensation backing up into the boiler and causing it to switch off. Lagging is used to insulate the pipes and is cheap to buy at any DIY shop, and is like a sleeve to put round the pipes. It really couldn’t be simpler. It can also help to protect the pipes themselves from cracking in the cold which can only be a good thing considering how troublesome burst pipes can be.
These are just some simple tips to help keep your boiler in top working order. One important thing to remember is that if you think something is wrong with your boiler is to call in a professional and not attempt to fix it yourself. You may need spare boiler parts such as the TYJ6202-01B Simmerstat or even in the worst case scenario, a new boiler, so it’s best to get a professional verdict.