Well, there are a few methods that can help make sure you get the maximum lifespan out of your boiler.
It is key that you get your boiler serviced every year. An engineer will come out and inspect your boiler to make sure that all components: heat exchanger; spark probe; main injector; burner are all working safely and efficiently. Gas pressure, boiler flame, flue and checking how the boiler fires up will also be given the once over. The engineer will also be able to determine whether the boiler requires any repairs or if certain components are reaching the end of their life and need to be replaced.
Although a service contributes to the longevity of your appliance, it is also vital for your safety. Faulty boilers can leak carbon monoxide into your home. This needs to be avoided, as carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to brain damage and even death. It is recommended that you install a carbon monoxide alarm – they are budget friendly and could save your life. Install the alarm near your boiler and it will soon let you know if noxious fumes are in your home.
Radiators are important, but few people regularly take care of theirs. Balancing and bleeding your radiators can ensure that your heating is working in tip-top condition. Air can become trapped inside your radiators leading to them to not heat evenly and produce cold spots. Bleeding your radiators can be done yourself – if you do not mind doing messy jobs. Balancing your radiators on the other hand is a bigger job, and best carried out by a Gas Safe Engineer. To find out if balancing is required, check the radiators in the house that are furthest away from your boiler; if they are cooler than those that are closest, then they need balanced.
Living in a hard-water area, means you run the risk of limescale building up inside your pipes and boiler components – this can lead to blockages within your heating system. It is recommended that every five years that a power flush is carried out. This can remove any build-up, keeping everything working for longer and more efficiently.
Put the Heating on
Turn your heating on during summer! Obviously not for hours, but 10-15 minutes, once a month during the warmer seasons of the year can reduce the chance of your boiler breaking down, by keeping things moving. Also, that quarter of an hour can remove any little bits of dirt lying about in your pipes.
Your boiler needs to have a level of pressure – do not let the pressure in your boiler get too low. You can monitor your boiler’s pressure by looking at the gauge. If your gauge says the pressure is below one, then you need to re-pressurise your boiler. If the problem persists, this can be a sign that there is a problem – low pressure could indicate there is a leak somewhere. On the flip side if the pressure is reading too high, then you will need to get an engineer to look at it.
As always, if in doubt, contact a professional! A heating engineer will be able to advise you on the best way to extend the life of your boiler.