Top 3 boiler maintenance tips
There are few problems worse than a broken boiler, especially if it happens in the cold winter months.
Replacing a boiler can be expensive, so you’ll want to ensure you’re doing all you can to maintain yours and extend its life.
Prevent freezing pipes
One of the main causes of boiler problems is frozen pipes. They block the system, causing pressure to build.
During the coldest times of the year, you should have the heating on for at least a couple of hours a day to prevent freezing, even if you’re going away and leaving the house empty.
If you don’t, you could come home to freezing pipes and a broken boiler – a nightmare scenario. If your boiler stops working, this is one of the first things you should check – you could have a frozen condensate pipe. Here’s a video showing you how to diagnose and thaw it:
One of the most obvious boiler maintenance tips is also one of the most important – get it checked on a regular basis by a professional you trust. Ask friends and family to recommend an engineer they’ve used or go directly to the manufacturer so you know it’s someone you can trust.
Boilers should be checked at least every 12 months (if you’re the landlord of a rental property, it’s a legal requirement) and most companies/manufacturers will do boiler servicing during the spring and summer months.
Not getting your boiler checked regularly makes it much more likely to break down, potentially landing you with a big repair bill.
Know the manual
It might be boring, but your boiler is one of the most important things in your home, so you need to know how it works.
When you first move into your home, or have a new boiler installed, it’s worth taking some time to read through the boiler’s manual. This might even give you the skills to fix a small issue (like repressurising the system) yourself. Knowing where the manual is in an emergency is vital too, so keep it somewhere safe. And if you do lose your manual, order a replacement from the manufacturer online.
By taking our top three boiler maintenance tips seriously, you’ll increase your chances of avoiding a boiler breakdown, potentially saving yourself a small fortune.
But if the worst does happen, you may be able to fix it quickly and get back up and running. Check out our blog on fast fixes for your broken boiler.
If you do need to call out an engineer, make sure you get the experts in to fix your boiler. Brokenboiler.com only uses engineers from your boiler’s manufacturer and genuine parts, and you pay for your repair monthly.