You don’t have to be a boiler expert to help keep your boiler working efficiently year-round. By following a few simple steps you can maximise your boiler’s potential and ensure that it lasts as long as possible before it needs to be replaced. Here are five top tips to get you started.
1. Switch your heating on regularly
You may not feel like having the heating on during the warmer months, but if you put it on for 15 minutes every week or so you can help to keep all the boiler parts moving as they should, reducing the chance of a breakdown. Turning down the thermostat will stop the heat generated becoming unbearable during the summer months and will save money.
2. Put your hot water on a timer
If yours is a system boiler – the type that heats the water in your kitchen sink or bath up – you probably don’t need it on all the time. Reducing theusage could help to keep your boiler ticking along for longer and will almost certainly cut your energy bills, as you will only be heating the water you need.
3. Get it serviced
Many people wait until their boiler has stopped before they call in an expert, but booking a regular boiler service will help to ensure that any parts that have become worn are replaced before it breaks down. Having a regular service can really help to prolong the life of your boiler.
4. Get professional help
If you are experiencing problems with your boiler, call in an engineer as quickly as possible. Don’t be tempted to try and fix it yourself as it may not be safe and you may make the problem worse. It may be something that is very simple to fix with the right professional help and this could keep your boiler going for years to come.
5. Replace your boiler
If you’ve done everything you can to keep your boiler up and running but it is constantly on the blink or has broken down completely, it may be time to replace it. Although this will involve an initial outlay, newer boilers are more efficient so you are likely to find that your energy bills drop. It is also unlikely that you will experience problems with a new boiler, although regular servicing is still a good idea.
If you’re experiencing boiler issues, or want to ensure your boiler is in full working order in time for winter, get in touch with DHS. Our boiler maintenance for Bristol homeowners will keep your existing boiler working effectively.