Around the period of October, most Britons switch on their boilers for the cold season. If you examine your boiler before the cold weather comes, you’ll greatly minimise the chance of a malfunction when it is the coldest. Waiting until the cold weather arrives to complete a boiler check puts you at danger of a boiler malfunction and increased utility costs. If you don’t set your boiler for the winter, you might be looking at repair costs of up to £1000 or more if it fails. In Fall or Winter, when the weather is severe, and most people are strapped for cash after Xmas shopping and other expenditures, this frequently occurs. However, if it’s been more than a year since you had serviced, your insurance will not cover the costs of boiler repairs. It can also be difficult to get an engineer during busy hours, leaving you in the lurch. But we’ve got you covered with the easy checks you can hire a plumber to check for you.
- Your boiler should be operating properly (So make sure it is)
When using your boiler for a daily shower, it may seem apparent, but it is best to check if the radiators are sufficiently heated by turning it on for a few hours in moderate weather. Checking for problems with the boiler or whether it is broken can help you know whether you need to hire a technician or not.
- Your boiler should be serviced periodically
Doing so, ensures that your boiler will run well during the cold months of the year. You should schedule a boiler service since a it is a complete plan to address any current problems with your boiler. According to recent research, over half the British Households have not serviced their boilers in over a year and it is always recommended to not add more to their numbers.
- Central Heating System Manual
If you’re having problems with your boiler, you might be able to identify some of the problems and how to fix them by consulting the handbook. Get to know the handbook to have a better grasp of its operations and all the safety information you should be aware of.
- Consider installing a carbon monoxide detector and keeping an eye out for boiler leaks
A carbon monoxide alarm is highly recommended as an added security measure to keep you and your family safe from the poisonous gas that is released into the air while the boiler is running. If the alarm goes off, please follow these steps:
- Make sure all doors and windows are open to allow fresh air to circulate.
- Turn off all fuel-burning appliances, such as stoves and boilers, lights, matches and anything else that might provide a spark should be avoided.
- Relocate to another location.
- Consult a medical professional if you’ve inhaled an unsafe dose or are experiencing symptoms as a result of it.
- Consider insulating your plumbing.
No one likes a home without heat or hot water in the winter season. This is due to the condensate line freezing and preventing the boiler from operating properly. This may be avoided by keeping the temperature low and insulate your pipes by putting lukewarm water on them when they freeze. Use old towels to protect the boiler’s pipes from freezing and insulate them with foam tubing.
- Pipes that leak or freeze pose a risk
The boiler in your house should be completely quiet when it is operating. When balancing, use foam or other soft cushioning to keep the object from coming into touch with the ground.
- Monitoring the pressure
Be careful to keep a eye on the boiler pressure. When your boiler’s pressure drops, its performance suffers. Pumping it is easy and if you are not sure how to do it then you can use the installation handbook or just watch a clip online for assistance. Most importantly, keep the pressure in check that it is not above 2.5 bar. If it is, contact a technician as soon as possible.
- Radiator Bleeding
The radiators should be bled every few months to keep your central heating system in top shape. Central heating can be harmed by radiators that are tilted so the hotter air is trapped or sludge accumulates or the debris clogs.
- Thermostats and timers
Your technician should find problems with the timer and thermostat even during the boiler servicing. The thermostat is generally located near a window, in the attic or in a room with low temperatures. When your timer malfunctions, it’s difficult to maintain a pleasant temperature in your home. Check and consider replacing the batteries in your wireless thermostat if necessary.
- Flushing with a powerful stream of water
The radiators will be cleaner after a power flush rather than a manual clean. The technician removes sludge from the pipes and radiators, then replenishes the plumbing system with corrosion inhibitor and clean water to reduce boiler pressure and improve central heating efficiency.
1. Boiler Blue flame from an electric starter
Follow these steps if your boiler will not ignite:
- Make sure the gas is operating by checking all of the appliances and the gas shutoff valve.
- Reset the boiler or test the electrical supply by turning it on and off.
- Make sure the water pressure is enough.
- Check to see that the pilot flame is blue and not yellow before using the stove.
- Thermostats and tanks for storing oil
Make sure you have enough heating oil to last you through the winter, and if you don’t, fill up now to prevent the price hike that always occurs in the final days of winter. Check your oil tank for corrosion and get it repaired by a professional if required.
2. Keep an eye out for draughts
The most value approach to warm your house is to seal up draughts. When cold air seeps in via cracks in the doors and windows, the thermostats raise their settings to keep you warm. Leak proof your house before the winter to save money on the heating and keep the cold out. Draught excluders can help keep out chilly draughts, and draught-proofing your door can cut down on the quantity of the air that gets in.
3. Make sure the flue is clean
The flue is the conduit that carries waste gases put of your houses, and thus, the boiler. Checking for obstructions and performing routine maintenance are important for a properly working boiler.
4. Get your boiler in order by cleansing.
The majority of issues that reduce your boiler’s performance may be avoided by keeping it clean and organised. Establish a schedule for checking the boiler for dust and debris to avoid boiler becoming stuck inside of itself.
You may schedule a Serviceteam professional for a boiler servicing through the online assistance desk or you may contact us by phone and speak with a customer service support member about scheduling boiler maintenance.