There’s no doubt that your boiler is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your home. Not only does it provide hot water but also keeps your property warm during colder periods.
Whether you’re a home owner, landlord or business, you should always make sure that your boiler is regularly maintained and that your system is safe to use. As one of the leading boiler repair companies in Bristol, we often get asked what customers should do to make sure they keep their system in tip top condition.
Here’s our quick guide to maintaining boiler safety:
Install a Carbon Monoxide Alarm
One of the biggest potential issues with older boilers is the release of carbon monoxide. If you have a boiler where you can see the flame burning while your boiler is working, a sure sign that you have a problem is when this turns from blue to yellow. If you notice this, you need to switch off the boiler and contact a repair team immediately.
All properties should also have a carbon monoxide alarm installed. This detects the gas in the surrounding air and provides an early warning for those in the home. Carbon monoxide has no smell and the first thing you may notice is not feeling well, nauseous and dizzy. If you are asleep at the time, the consequences can be catastrophic.
Regular Boiler Inspections
The one other major thing you need to do is have regular inspections of your boiler, particularly if it is an older one. This usually involves a qualified boiler engineer coming round to your home, once a year, and giving your installation a good service. There are other reasons for doing this, besides simply a matter of safety. It ensures your boiler is working to maximum efficiency and should help reduce the potential for any breakdowns in the future as well as save you money on your energy bills.
Replacing Older Boilers
Today’s modern boilers are not only highly energy efficient, they are also ultra-safe. If your boiler is over a certain age it can pose numerous problems. Firstly, you could be wasting a lot of energy because you don’t have a condensing boiler installed which is more energy efficient. Secondly, the older your boiler gets, the more likely it is to break down, essentially costing you more. Finally, with older boilers sourcing replacement parts can often be a problem.
Regular maintenance of your boiler is key whatever its age and you should be making sure you get an engineer in at least once every twelve months, whether you have an old boiler or a new one.
The engineer will take a look at your boiler to make sure it is functioning safely. That includes checking there are no leaks or any corrosion that can cause a problem. They’ll also clean any parts that require attention, usually working from a checklist to ensure that nothing is missed out.