How to Extend the Life of Your Boiler

A boiler is a considerable investment for any homeowner. It helps to keep your hot water running as well as keep your property warm over the colder months. Without a working boiler, you could experience periods of cold spells throughout your house and even be left without any hot water at a time you need it most.

This is why it’s paramount that you elongate the life of your boiler as not only will it prevent you from paying a significant amount of money for a replacement, but it’ll also help it to run far more efficiently than it would have done had you not kept it in good working condition.

Looking after your boiler from the offset will help to minimise breakdowns in the future. Many homeowners only pay attention to their boilers when there’s an issue, but you can prevent it getting to that point in the first place by maintaining it properly, regardless of its age. So what do you need to do in a bid to elongate the life of your boiler? Here are a few quick and easy tips to ensure just that.

Have your boiler serviced annually

It’s widely known that your boiler must be serviced once a year. This is your opportunity to check that everything is in fully-working order. It will also highlight any potential issues with your boiler whilst also identifying whether your boiler complies with manufacturer warranties and any insurance policy terms.
Boiler Servicing

Bleed your radiators when required

It’s extremely common for air to get trapped in your radiators. Although this isn’t a major problem, it’ll prevent your radiator from heating up fully which, in turn, puts more pressure on your boiler. Bleeding your radiator when needed will help to keep them in fully-working order at all times. Bleeding a radiator is something you can do yourself; here’s an article explaining the process: https://www.eonenergy.com/boilers/heating-hub/issues/how-to-bleed-a-radiator.html.

Install an inhibitor

Having an inhibitor installed will help to protect your boiler against the build-up of corrosion, limescale and other contaminants. This build-up can only be described as a ‘sludge’ and, if left unchecked, it’ll compromise the overall performance of your boiler. Generally, this is something that can cause cold spots and trapped air in your radiators.  Ultimately, if not kept on top of, it can cause damage to your central heating system. A fully-qualified professional, such as the experts at 0800 Repair Gas, will be able to install an inhibitor for you. It’s important that this is done by a specialist in order to comply with regulations and ensure your safety.

Have a magnetic filter added

Much of the sludge that builds up in your boiler is rust, all of which comes from the inside of radiators and pipes and so a magnetic filter is a far more effective way of removing those metallic elements from the central heating system by filtering those contaminants out. Where this can be used as an alternative to inhibitor installation, they’re most effective when used together.

Switch the boiler on during the summer months

Although this might seem counter-intuitive, switching the heating on periodically, even if it’s on exceptionally low, will help to keep the boiler’s moving parts working properly. This is far more beneficial for your boiler than having it sat dormant for up to six months.

Even if the boiler is switched on for 15 minutes once a month during the summer, it’ll help to keep the cogs whirring, ensuring that, by the time autumn rolls around, your central heating system will be working order.

Make sure you power-flush the system

Power-flushing your boiler will help to rid the central heating system of sludge. Where inhibitors and magnetic filters are preventative, protective measures, power-flushing your system every once in a while will kickstart your boiler, helping it to run more efficiently than it would have done otherwise.

Once a power-flush has been carried out, even with an inhibitor and magnetic filter, the aforementioned will help to prevent a build-up of sludge again and so subsequent power-flushes might not be necessary.

Lag any outdoor pipes

This is an exceptionally simple task and so you’ll be able to do this yourself, unlike some of the previous points. When the temperature drops, any outside pipes will risk freezing over, causing your boiler to break down. During the winter, frozen pipes are one of the most common causes of boiler breakdowns but the issue can be easily rectified and all without calling in a professional.

Lagging can be found at any DIY shop and is relatively cheap to purchase. This inexpensive outlay can save you a considerable amount of money further down the line should your boiler stop working. If you’re reading this at the height of summer, now would be a good time to buy some lagging before everyone rushes off to the shops to buy some in the autumn.

0800 Repair Gas are specialist heating engineers providing their clients with numerous services, including boiler installation insulation fitting boiler servicing and boiler repairs. If you’d like further information about the services 0800 Repair Gas have to offer, then get in touch with a member of their friendly, knowledgeable team today – they’re always happy to help.
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