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Top tips for a healthy heating system

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We switch on our heating to warm our homes in the winter, its when we rely on our boilers the most and they work the hardest. We’ve created these tips to help you maintain a healthy heating system.

Service your boiler annually

To keep your boiler in perfect working condition, it’s important to get it serviced regularly. It’s recommended that everyone gets their boiler serviced every year. Failure to do so will result in costing you more overtime. To get your boiler serviced, book an appointment with a gas safe engineer. The engineer will clean all parts and components in your boiler and check they’re all in good working order.

If you have warranty on your boiler, its required to have an annual gas check to maintain your warranty. This applies no matter who made your boiler.

Check your heating regularly

Its beneficial to turn your heating on for short periods of time, even if you don’t need to. This is to ensure everything is working correctly. Not having your heating on for a long period of time, such as in summer, means that when you do need your heating on your boiler will have to work much harder to warm up.

Read and understand your boiler instruction manual

Keeping your boiler manual in an easy to reach place so you can use it as a quick reference guide. If you’ve lost you’re manual, you might be able to find the information on the internet, either by searching your brand or error message. It will give you instructions on the correct pressure to have, incase you have to reduce or increase it. Either of which could trip your system.

Check your boiler pressure

It will impact your boilers efficiency if your boiler loses pressure over time. Topping up your system is a quick and easy job. You can find instructions in your manual or if you need help you can ask a gas safety engineer to help.

Bleed your radiators

Radiators that need bleeding prevent your heating system running at optimum efficiency, and put extra strain on your heating system. Radiators that are cooler at the bottom than they are at the top is a sign they have trapped air and need bleeding. Take a look at our step by step guide on how to bleed your radiators.

Warning signs

Regularly check your boiler for leaks, cracks, clunking noises, or black sooty marks, which may indicate your boiler needs to be looked at by a gas safe engineer. It’s also important to be aware of the outside of your home. To ensure any vents, flues and airbrick’s are not being blocked by debris.

Blue flame

The flame in your boiler should be a strong blue colour. If it appears a yellowish orangey colour there could be something wrong, and you should call a gas safe engineer straight away. Not only does a yellow flame indicate an insufficient burner, it could also produce carbon monoxide.

Insulate you pipes

During the winter months, the external condensate pipe on your boiler may freeze and stop your boiler from working. You can prevent this by insulating your pipes using pipe insulation or keeping the heating on low constantly when its very cold. If the pipe still freezes after youve done this you can unfreeze it easily by pouring tepid water over it. You can find videos showing you the best way to do this on most boiler manufacturers websites.

Carbon monoxide safety

Boilers can produce carbon monoxide, as well as any other gas burning appliance. Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas that’s colourless and odourless. If you suspect your boiler might be faulty, it should be checked by a gas engineer as soon as possible. Its recommended that every home has a carbon monoxide detector.

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