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5 Tips for Boiler Maintenance

Taking Care of Your Boiler

As spring approaches and temperatures rise we tend to put less pressure on our heating systems.

Regardless of the type of boiler you have, it is still important to maintain your heating system to make sure it kicks back into action when you need it. Leaving your boiler dormant for longer than a month can impact the whole system itself leading to a loss of efficiency and expensive repairs.

So, to save money on your bills and repairs, here are our top tips for maintaining your boiler:

Off or On

During the warmer months, it’s perfectly safe to switch your boiler off, or for a combi model turn it to hot water only. However, it is recommended that you switch the hot water on for around 10 to 15 minutes at least once a month.

Pipe Insulation

Also known as Pipe Lagging, this will prevent burst pipes in the winter. Hugely cost-effective, lagging is a type of insulation made from glass wool, foam or polyethylene and is easily installed. Preventing frozen pipes is much cheaper than fixing burst ones!

Pressure Up

Check your pressure gauge on the front of your boiler. The pressure needs to be between 1 and 1.5 bar to perform at it’s best. If the pressure is too low, the boiler won’t start and you’ll lose efficiency. If the pressure is too high you’re in danger of damaging the whole heating system.

Powerflush

This is a type of deep cleaning service that focuses on your radiators. Provided by professionals, powerflushing cleans out all the debris built up in the pipes and radiators themselves to allow your boiler to perform at maximum efficiency. It also helps to extend the lifespan of your boiler.

Annual Servicing

Give us a call! As Gas Safe Registered Engineers you can rest assured knowing your boiler is running smoothly and safely. We keep your system up to date with 12 monthly performance checks and repairs.

 

If you need any advice on the topics discussed don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated advice team or request an appointment.

Frozen and Burst Pipes in Winter

Winter has finally arrived in the North – with sub zero temperatures expected overnight across Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Yorkshire and even as far down as the Midlands. The cold weather can provide troublesome central heating systems as burst pipes and frozen pipes become a common occurrence.

Frozen pipes and burst pipes are one of the most common call outs we get in the winter months because cold snaps can cause water in supply pipes to freeze the water in the pipes. When the water freezes it expands causing the pipes to crack, and finally leak through the crack when the ice melts.

If already have a burst pipe, it’s best to contact a local plumber sooner rather than later – we’ve got local engineers on 24 hour call outs across the North and midlands regions. If you’re just preparing for the cold weather, or looking for advice on how to deal with frozen pipes, just follow our simple steps.

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Prevent Frozen Pipes

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure was never more true than when it comes to your central heating system and avoiding burst pipes in winter! Prevent problems in the first place by following the simple steps below:

  • Keep your heating on low if it’s really cold. Setting your central heating on a 24 low heat is a lot less expensive than fixing a burst pipe!
  • If you’re away for a period of time, set your heating to still come on and ask a neighbour to look out for any signs of leaks.
  • Insulate water tanks and lag pipes (lagging material is available from most DIY stores).
  • Fix dripping taps, even small drips can result in a frozen pipe.
  • Know where your stopcock or valve is and make sure you know how to turn it off just in case.

 

Frozen Pipes

If you already have a frozen pipe, first check to see if the pipe has burst. If not, you can thaw the pipe slowly with a hot water bottle or a towel soaked in hot water. Start from the end nearest the tap and work your way back. Never use a naked flame of any kind to do this.

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Burst Pipes

If already have a burst pipe, you’ll need a qualified plumber to fix the damage, but in the meantime to prevent further damage, you can:

  • Locate and turn off the main stopcock to your water supply.
  • If the burst is on a storage tank pipe, turn off the stop valve to the storage tank and follow this by turning on all the hot taps to drain the system.
  • If you can’t stop the flow of water, open all the cold taps to drain the system.
  • Finally, always call a qualified plumber to fix the burst pipe properly.

If a pipe has frozen or burst outside your property boundary, your water supplier will help – find yours. For any further questions or problems with your plumbing, you can contact Forever Warm on 0800 999 4770.

Boiler Replacement or Repair?

Boiler replacement vs Boiler Repair

Boiler replacement is an issue that all homeowners will have to deal with at some point. As your boiler gets older, you will be faced with having to decide whether to repair or replace it. The first time you come across a problem, a simple repair could do the trick. However, if you are experiencing more frequent problems, it could be in your favour to replace it with a brand new model. Here are a few factors to consider when deciding to repair or replace your boiler.

Assess the Age

When deciding whether repairing or replacing your boiler is the best option, age is one of the main factors to consider. Repairs become more common as your boiler gets older, but the cost of this will depend on the extent of the damage. Older boilers can be more expensive to repair as the parts required are often more difficult to source.

A repair could cost you anything between £150 and £300, which is obviously cheaper than replacing your boiler. If the repairs are becoming more frequent and your boiler is beyond three-quarters of its life expectancy, it could be more cost effective to replace it.

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Consider Heat Efficiency

A quick repair job might save you money in the short term. But you should investigate the heating efficiency of your boiler before you commit to a decision. Older boilers will be considerably less efficient than a modern boiler. Most boiler manufacturers consider 15 years to be the maximum age that their product should be allowed to reach before being replaced.

A more efficient boiler will eventually pay for itself, through cheaper bills. Buying a boiler on finance can be a cost efficient way of enjoying the benefits of a new boiler sooner.

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Always Put Your Safety First

The consequences of a boiler failing, range from slight inconvenience to significant damage and even health problems. Only a qualified technician will be able to diagnose the exact issue. Always put safety first and seek advice as soon as possible. The sooner you commit to a repair or boiler replacement, the more you stand to save.

If you need advice on replacing your boiler, then speak to our dedicated team.