Your boiler is the heart of your central heating system, sending water through to radiators and taps to provide us with heating and hot water. Noone wants to be left with no heating or hot water (especially during the colder months) so some basic boiler maintenance is essential to help avoid any issues.
A well maintained boiler will also function more efficiently, saving you money on your heating bills. If you want to find out more about how to look after your boiler, see below for our handy guide to boiler maintenance.
It’s important to service your boiler regularly and most experts recommend a service every 12 months. Annual servicing will ensure that your boiler is running as optimally as possible and if there is an issue, arrangements can be made for any repairs or replacement parts. Servicing should always be performed by a Gas Safe engineer and they’ll make sure your boiler is safe and effective.
Bleed your radiators
Maintaining your radiators helps to maintain your boiler and they may need to be bled from time to time. If you’ve noticed that heat is distributed unevenly throughout your radiators, there may be a problem with trapped air. This can be resolved by bleeding the radiators; simply open the valve until you hear the trapped air being released. Once water starts to drip out, close the valve up tightly.
Clear away clutter
Boilers need to be well ventilated to function efficiently, so keep them clear and free of any clutter. If your boiler is inside a cupboard it can be tempting to use this as an extra storage space, but try to keep clutter and items around your boiler to a minimum. An engineer will be able to tell you whether you need more ventilation during your annual boiler service.
Check the pressure
Boilers can lose pressure over time, which decreases their efficiency. Check the pressure gauge every couple of months to make sure it’s at a good level. Anything below one is considered low but the pressure can be easily topped up. If you feel confident you can do this yourself or ask your local plumber for help.
If you’re in need of boiler services in West London, get in touch with the team at West London Gas. Our certified gas engineers are on hand to carry out boiler maintenance and keep your boiler safe, efficient and reliable all year round. We also offer a 24/7 emergency callout service in the event of a boiler breakdown, as well as new boiler installation. For more information about any of our boiler services, give us a call today or contact us online.