Boiler maintenance tips

Most people start thinking about their boilers when the cold weather or winter is approaching. For optimum performance, a boiler should be maintained early in the autumn season. Well maintained boilers are energy efficient and they can help you in saving your fuel bills. A boiler that is not properly maintained is more likely to become faulty. Faulty boilers are known for being fatal. The following are the recommended tips for boiler maintenance.

Bleeding radiators

This is done by allowing the boiler to run for sometime after turning it on. Air resent in the radiator will prevent it from heating up immediately once it is turned on. The top of a radiator that has air will be cold and its bottom very hot.

Annual service maintenance

Servicing the boiler on an annual basis will ensure that it is running in good condition. Your boiler should be inspected and serviced by an experienced gas safe technician. This professional is trained to make the necessary adjustments that would make sure that your boiler is safe and running efficiently. This technician will check the various components of the boiler to establish if they are in good working condition. Servicing your boiler will ensure that it is ready for use during winter.

Check the boiler pressure

This is done by checking the pressure gauge once the boiler starts working. It should be running at the pressure level recommended by the manufacturer. This pressure should be topped up when it is low. You should be extremely careful when doing this to avoid damaging the boiler’s pressure valve.

Checking ventilation

Boilers should be housed in a place that is adequately ventilated and free from clutter. Any bags, shoes or coats should be kept away from the boiler. Again, the boilers should be placed in a place that is easily accessible. The control unit should also be maintained properly. To sum up, it is important to adhere to all the ventilation requirements given by the manufacturer.

Balancing the radiators

Even if this might be very tricky, it is a worthwhile exercise. After bleeding the radiators, sometimes you will realize that some of the radiators are warmer than the others. Such radiators should be adjusted to ensure that they are working within the same temperature range; warm up the cooler ones and cool the hot ones accordingly. Doing this in a big house might be quite difficult. In such cases, you should a hire professional to help you. A plumber can also help you in balancing your system and bleeding the radiators.