Although it’s normal to turn the heating off during the summer, some people go a step further and turn their boiler off entirely. This might seem like a good way to save money, but it can be a mistake for a number of reasons.
Turning off your heating is easy when the weather is hot, but turning off your boiler means relying on other sources for hot water. For some homes this is manageable, using electric showers and dishwashers. However, homes that depend on gas-run showers, baths and the kitchen sink for doing the washing up won’t get any hot water if the boiler is off permanently. Dishwashers and old washing machines that rely on the boiler can heat up cold water to a suitable temperature though it will not be as hot.
Switching the boiler off for long periods of time can cause the pump and diverter valve that circulates fluid to the hot water cistern, to become seized up. This could lead to your boiler failing to turn back on in the autumn. Soot and lime scale also has the chance to build up inside when your boiler is off as the water isn’t circulating as usual. This too can cause permanent damage to your boiler when you turn it back on in the colder weather.
The summer months are an ideal time to get your boiler serviced for the year. You’ll avoid the winter demand for boiler servicing, from homes who have had their boilers turned off all summer. Plus you won’t be in such a rush yourself as you won’t be heavily reliant on the heating during the summer.
If you’d like to make the most of the warm weather and have a boiler service in Bristol or the surrounding areas, then DHS can help. With over 40 years of experience, we have the knowledge to provide a high-quality service and accurate advice about your boiler so please get in touch.