Heating filters are a relatively new addition to the home heating system. Before, a central heating power flush was the common way to deal with the build-up inside the system from corrosion. Now, we know that a central heating filter is the best option to stop this build up. Just like your heating system, filters also need to be looked after and, from time to time, replaced.
Heating filter maintenance
A heating filter isn’t a compulsory part of your heating system but adds considerable lifespan to the equipment. Without one, you may need to replace a large part of the system within 5-10 years of it being fitted.
By adding a heating filter, you can greatly extend this lifespan – as long as you have the right maintenance in place.
Most manufacturers recommend that a heating filter is checked and maintained every twelve months – you can have it done alongside your boiler servicing which should also be done on a yearly basis. If you have the two jobs done together, it will likely only add an extra half an hour onto the job to have the filter clean and serviced.
What happens if you don’t service your heating filter?
Like your boiler, if you want to get the most from your heating filter, you need to give it some care and attention. Without it, the heating system will start to slow. It might not be obvious at first, you might just notice it getting slower at heating the house but the longer it goes by, the less the filter will be doing its job – this means the heating system will have filled itself with sludge from the working parts.
You might also notice your heating costs increasing. An efficient and well-maintained filter can save as much as 30% on your energy bill over time because it ensures that the heating system continues to work at peak efficiency.
How to clean a heating filter
Cleaning the filter will involve shutting off the electricity to allow it to be removed. The filter will then be opened to clean out the cannister and ensure all the sludge is removed. Special cleaning products might also be used to help ensure the smooth operation of the filter going forward. The engineer will then test the system once everything is back in place to make sure it works properly.
As with any part of your heating system, you should never attempt to service it yourself unless you are a certified Gas Safe engineer. Not only is it potentially very dangerous, it is also against the law. The good news is that finding a certified engineer is as easy as opening your internet browser!
If you need your boiler servicing or to get your heating filter cleaned and maintained, you can call DHS on 0117 924 7200, email us, or request a call back.