Look after your boiler and it will look after you

Our boilers are an important part of our home but sometimes we don’t give them the attention they deserve. Here are some tips on how you can try to prevent the dreaded boiler breakdown.

Condensate Pipes

This is the small white or grey plastic pipe that sticks out of your property behind the boiler. This pipe removes water from the boiler. If this pipe freezes, you might find your boiler stops working too. Fear not, insulating this pipe or keeping the heating on constantly (even at low temperatures) can help prevent this pipe freezing. If this pipe does freeze, you might not need to call a heating engineer straight away. You could slowly pour warm water over the pipe, but do not use water that is too hot or boiling – if you do you could cause the pipe to crack.

Bleed your radiators

If your radiators feel cooler than normal, then it might be time to bleed them. Bleeding your radiator will release air from the system as trapped air will cause cold spots and ultimately make the radiator less efficient. Bleeding a radiator is relatively simple but you will need a key which can slot into the radiators bleed valve. If you still have a problem after doing this, you may need to call in the professionals. If you need a Checkatrade heating engineer, you can find one here.

Service your boiler

Servicing your boiler annually and maintaining it in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations can all help to prolong not only the life of your boiler, but it can also help reduce how much energy you use and help prevent breakdowns. Make sure you monitor your boiler regularly for any subtle warning signs such as noises or leaks so that you can get ahead of potential problems. This can mean it is easier to fix and, in some cases, cheaper. If you need help from a heating engineer, you can check out our approved members in your local area now.

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