Essential Heating Maintenance Tips to Keep You Warm and Safe
Out of sight, out of mind - that's the thing about heating. That is, until you have a problem on a cold and frosty morning. Then you can find yourself kicking your own shins for not taking care of your heating system. Fortunately, a little effort can go a long way when it comes to maintaining your boiler and heating system. Just like you'd give your car a quick once-over before a long journey, checking tire pressures and oil levels, you should follow a similar maintenance approach to your heating system. In this article, we'll share eight top tips for heating maintenance that will help ensure your mornings start warm and hassle-free while potentially saving you from expensive repairs.
8 Top Tips For Heating Maintenance
1 – Get Your Boiler Serviced
If there's one thing you absolutely should do, it's getting your boiler serviced regularly. Boilers require routine maintenance that you can't legally perform yourself. An annual boiler service can extend the life of your boiler, improve its efficiency, and ensure safety.
2 – Bleed Your Radiators
To keep your heating system running smoothly, turn it on and check each radiator in your house. If you notice any radiators not heating up immediately or displaying uneven temperatures (hot at the bottom, cold at the top), it's time to bleed them. All you need are a bowl, a rag, and a radiator key to remove excess air from the system, making it more efficient.
3 – Inspect Your Radiators
While bleeding your radiators, inspect them for common problems that may hinder their performance. Check if the valves are stuck, possibly due to paint, and attempt to loosen them with a little oil. If bleeding doesn't resolve the issue and your radiator remains hot at the bottom and cold at the top, it might be due to sludge buildup.
4 – Monitor Boiler Pressure
While your boiler is running, pay attention to the pressure gauge and compare it to your manufacturer's user manual. The manual will provide the recommended pressure for your boiler and instructions on what to do if it's too low.
5 – Check for Drips
Don't let drips go unnoticed, as they can lead to more significant problems over time. Examine the overflow pipe behind your boiler. If it's dripping, it may indicate an underlying issue. In such cases, it's essential to call a Gas Safe engineer to investigate.
6 – Ensure Adequate Ventilation?
Boiler cupboards might seem like great storage space, but they aren't ideal roommates for your boiler. To ensure safety, your boiler should be in an uncluttered space with ample airflow. Ensure there's enough room around it for proper ventilation.
7 – Flues and Carbon Monoxide
A well-maintained boiler should not pose carbon monoxide concerns. However, it's crucial to keep the flue clear and accessible. We strongly recommend installing carbon monoxide detectors in multiple spots in your home to detect any issues immediately. Remember that these detectors also require periodic maintenance.
8 – Check the Flame
As part of your heating maintenance routine, inspect the pilot flame on your boiler. It should burn a lovely blue. If it appears orange or yellow, this could indicate a problem that needs attention.
Regular and thorough heating maintenance is essential to prolong the life of your boiler, prevent costly repairs, and ensure your safety and well-being. Remember, never attempt to open your boiler or fix its internal components yourself. By law, you need a Gas Safe engineer for any such tasks. If you need help with your heating maintenance or are unsure, don't hesitate to call us at 0333 939 0161. Stay warm and safe!