Let’s face it, when it comes to owning your home, having a new boiler installed is one of the more expensive things to have done. For this reason, it goes without saying that you will want to ensure your boiler keeps working for you for as long as it can.
When taken proper care of, a new boiler can last between 10 and 15 years, or even more. In addition, the proper levels of care can help to guarantee that your boiler is running at optimum efficiency – which in turn means you’ll be paying less on your utility bills.
When you’re looking to get the most from your boiler, it’s important to note the emphasis on the words ‘taken care of’. All too often, we are asked to assist with boiler breakdowns which either require repair or replacement and it’s plain to see that the issue could well have been avoided. So, to help you take proper care of your boiler and prolong its life for as long as possible, we’ve put together a list of things you can do.
Ways to keep your boiler running at its best
The top seven ways to look after your boiler and ward off replacement for as long as possible are:
– Annual boiler service
This is, without a doubt, the most effective way to ensure the good health and longevity of a boiler and keep up with your warranty. It involves a series of checks designed to prevent and preempt problems and have your boiler running the best it can.
– Bleed your radiators
Sometimes when there is a build up of air in your heating system, this can cause your radiators to not work properly. By bleeding them, this will release the air, allowing the radiators to work properly again in heating your home.
– Turn on your boiler in summer
It might sound strange because you need your boiler less in the summer, but by keeping it running, there will be less stress on it when you need it to work hard to heat your home in the winter months.
A great way to flush out any built-up stubborn grime, sludge and grit which has become settled in your heating system, with a high pressure water flow and powerful cleaning agent which is designed to get everything to run as smoothly as possible.
– Insulate your pipes
In the colder months, the water in the pipes which are exposed to outdoor temperatures can freeze, causing them to burst and crack. To prevent this from happening, you can insulate your pipes fairly easily and cheaply.
– Install a magnetic filter
This is connected to the pipework of a central heating system and it uses magnetic pull to stop any sludge that is building up from moving into your boiler, which can affect the components. The filter can be cleaned out on a regular basis.
– Add an inhibitor to your system
This is an anti-corrosive solution which prevents corrosion and limescale when added to a central heating system. They’re particularly useful in hard water areas and can also help to reduce sludge build up.
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