Central heating systems need to be serviced and maintained just like any other appliance. Neglecting your boiler and its ancillaries is a sure fire way to have it break down on you in the depths of winter. Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take to improve its performance and make sure it’s working when you need it most.
In this guide, we’re going to provide you with a few hints and tips on looking after your boiler to make sure it keeps working as efficiently as possible.
Prevent Frozen Pipes with Lagging
Water pipes, especially those situated outside of your home can freeze in cold weather. To avoid this, we suggest that you lag all water supply pipework with a premade foam that it available from any hardware store.
It’s cheap to buy and simply slips into place without any tools yet is very effective. Sufficient lagging will protect against frozen and burst pipes so make this a priority.
Regularly Bleed Your Radiators
Individual radiators have a habit of playing up and exhibiting undesirable behaviour. What you will notice is that some radiators will eventually fail to generate as much heat as other others located within your home.
To check if trapped air is the cause of this problem, locate your bleed valve key and bleed the radiator in question until you can hear air being released. This should rectify the problem and your radiator should heat up efficiently.
If you’re still experiencing cold radiators, consider flushing the system by removing each radiator and cleaning it out. You will be surprised at how much sediment and sludge builds up within your central heating system.
Keep an Eye on Your Pressure Gauge
Your boiler and thus your central heating system will only work if its water supply contains enough pressure. Anywhere between 1 and 1.5 bar is desirable so check the pressure currently within the system. If too low, top it up with the supply valve located near your boiler.
Check Your Pilot Light
The visible flames within your boilers view port should be a strong blue. Any deviation from this colour could be a sign of carbon monoxide or an inefficient combustion process. Immediately call a heating engineer to inspect it and advise you further.
Use Your Thermostat
The thermostat located within your central heating system needs to be used properly. Too low and you won’t receive enough hot water, too high and you’ll be wasting energy and generating too much heat.
If just a simple analogue gauge, look for a midway marker which is usually the desired level of output. If a digital gauge, consult your manual for the correct operating temperature.
The Fix for a Broken Boiler
If despite your best efforts your central heating system has malfunctioned, it’s time to call in the experts. If you live in South Wales, broken central heating in Blackwood and the surrounding areas can be fixed by one of several heating engineers in the area. If you happen to live slightly further afield, there will always be a heating maintenance company in your locality who will be able to offer you their services.
The key to a comfortable winter for you and your homes occupants is a working hot water and heating system so make sure yours is working properly.