Something that should be on everyone’s calendar once a year: “Book a Gas Safe Registered Engineer to service boiler”
Preferably, this booking would mean that the engineer visits before winter, to increase your chances of getting through those colder months with hot water and heating.
Regular boiler maintenance helps to detect any problems that you may be experiencing already, and see any issues that may be up ahead. This is more cost-effective in the long run, as smaller issues are usually cheaper to fix when they arise, opposed to holding out for the big and expensive problems – it also reduces the chances of your boiler breaking down when you need it most !
Is your boiler playing up?
Why call in a professional?
It’s important to ensure that the work is being carried out by a Gas Safe Engineer, like JRS Plumbing & Heating, so that you can benefit from their expertise and ensure that your boiler is being worked on safely.
Gas isn’t something that homeowners or DIY enthusiasts should be messing around with, our engineers have undertaken years of training to gain the relevant experience and qualifications to work on gas safely.
From both a safety and a boiler warranty point of view – if you have a boiler manufacturer’s warranty, ensuring you have an annual service will also validate this.
Are you a property landlord? You will need to have a separate check on your boiler, in the form of an annual gas safety certificate which is legally required each year to ensure all the gas appliances are working safely in your tenanted property.
What does a boiler service involve?
A standard service includes:
What can you do to help your boiler’s efficiency?
There are a few things that you can do to aid your boiler’s life and health, and to keep it running well:
1. Check your radiators
Are the valves operating well and modulating the temperature for each room ? It’s best to check this once a year, before winter sets in. It’s also beneficial to bleed your radiators every so often, if you find yourself doing this more than a couple of times a year, it may be worth calling a heating industry professional to check if there is an underlying problem.
2. Check the boiler
If you have a Combi boiler or a System boiler, the water pressure should ideally be around 1-1.5 bar. If not, then this is a really easy problem to solve yourself – we will have a video instructing how to do this, so feel free to contact us.
3. Does the boiler have space around it for ventilation?
This is definitely something to check if it’s positioned in a cupboard.
4. Will the condensate pipe ( white pipe under boiler ) freeze when the outside temperature drops?
This is a very common issue that we attend to every year, manufacturers have specifications and guidance on this to avoid having to call an engineer out to do something as simple as pour some hot water over the pipe.
5. Once a year, alongside your boiler service, the engineer should check:
The corrosion levels, and level of inhibitor in the system – this is to prevent the build up of magnetite and sludge.
6. Every 10-15 years
If required, perform a central heating powerflush, this is usually done when the boiler is installed or replaced to maximise the lifespan of your boiler.
7. Book your annual boiler service
With a Gas Safe Engineer to ensure your boiler is working efficiently and most importantly, safely.
By performing these tasks, you will be helping your central heating and hot water systems to work more efficiently, and also help towards keeping your bills down.