The best way to keep the cold at bay and the boiler ticking over through the winter months is definitely to have a service done. A boiler service needs to be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer – it’s the law. If you have your boiler manual handy this will tell you what is required. If not, most manuals are availed off the internet now. Most Gas Engineer will be happy to forwards a manual to you if you’re not sure.
The service will include a check-up just to make sure everything’s working as it should be. Imagine what would happen to your car if you never changed the oil. A small cost for a yearly check-up will save you a fortune in the long run because essentially, you’ll be nipping possible problems in the bud.
Always service your boiler annually, boiler manufactures recommend servicing your boiler every year. It makes sure it is in good working order and limits the wear over time. Sometimes, a yearly service is also part of keeping the warranty valid. It’s also worth checking your home insurance as failing to do so may also invalidate it.
Service when you move house, If you move into a new home it’s best to find out when the boiler was last serviced and see what condition it’s in. If the previous owner has no information get it checked right away to find any unwanted problems sooner rather than later.
Try and service in the summer months, booking in a service during the summer months means it’s ready for winter. Who wants to have their boiler break down when they need it most? Engineers are more likely to be busier during the colder periods making it more difficult to arrange service and repair. There is also a danger the suppliers will have a bigger lead-time on any parts you may require.
If your boiler isn’t performing effectively consider getting it looked at. Get it back to working condition as soon as possible, as a problematic boiler may be costing you more money in repairs and gas bills.
Even if your boiler is working efficiently – don’t wait until you have a problem.
Instead of going from being a boiler abandoned for ten months of the year to being turned on full blast in the depths of winter, it’s much more efficient to turn your boiler on for a few hours a week before temperatures hit sub-zero. All this does is act as warm up – you wouldn’t see an athlete running a race without warming up first, and your boiler works on the same principle.
You might also want to consider insulating your pipes if you’ve not already done so. Pipe insulation will help your boiler run effectively mainly because the water going into it won’t be freezing.
Keep an eye on the pressure levels by checking the gauge which is on the front of most modern boilers. Pressure being too high or too low can stop your boiler working effectively so it’s well worth keeping on top of.
Finally, when the dreaded frosty mornings kick in, what people tend to do is whack the heating on full blast, wait for the house to warm up, then turn it off again. Then, when the chilly evenings begin too, they do the same thing. What would be more efficient – in terms of both keeping your boiler running smoothly and keeping your ever-rising energy costs down – would be to keep your boiler running at a lower temperature for a longer time.
Modern boilers have fault codes, you can find them in your manual, sometime it can be an easy fix you can do yourself, low pressure or even frozen condensate pipe, simply boiler a kettle and gently poor it over the external pipe works.