Boiler Maintenance Tips to keep your central heating in top shape

What with global warming messing up temperatures around the world and environmentalists stressing the use of energy efficient appliances in our day-to-day lives, condensing boilers come as a life-saver for the people looking for a way to increase the efficacy of their normal boilers.

Consider an upgrade?

Normal boilers usually give you an efficiency of 75-80%. With condensing boilers, the efficacy rate rises up to a staggering 90% and, in some cases, even up to 98%.  So that said, installing a condensing boiler at your house could end up being one of the wisest things you do.

boiler maintenanceCommon Problems

After you’ve got your central heating system upgraded to include a condensing boiler, there are some things you’ll need to take care of. These are some solutions to the common day-to-day problems,

  • · Freeze Up

If it’s the middle of winters and you live in an especially cold are, you’d want to keep the thermostat at a low temperature constantly, rather than switching it on at full capacity in short bursts. Doing this makes sure that your boiler remains at a constant temperature and prevents freeze-ups.

  • · Frozen Condensate Pipes

Chances are that because of the freezing temperatures outside, your condensate pipe has frozen. A simple solution for this would be to thaw your condensate pipe (usually external) by placing a hot water bottle on it or pouring hot water down the pipe. If this problem repeats again and again, you can try installing a new, wider pipe in its place or placing it somewhere inside the boiler, instead of outside.

Insulating your pipe can also be helpful in such a situation.

Useful maintenance steps while using your boiler are:

  • Get your boiler checked at least once a year by a certified professional. These check-ups will ensure that your boiler doesn’t gradually develop any major problems. In the long run, you save up on a lot of money because boiler repair can get frightfully expensive.
  • Switch it on at least once a month, even in summer. This takes care of any dirt and grit that might get collected on boiler parts and help the smooth functioning of your boiler.
  • Buy a carbon monoxide detector and have it installed near your boiler. Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas and can prove fatal if inhaled. Be completely sure to have one near the boiler. They are relatively cheap and can be found at any DIY store for about £15-30.
  • Take care that the air vents and outside flues aren’t blocked and have no leaks. Also, see to it that the room with the boiler is well ventilated.
  • Keep an instruction manual handy and, also the contact details of a trained professional. These will help a lot during emergencies, if any.

If you follow through the above tips, there isn’t any reason why you should face any problems with your boiler except for a part failure. If you are a not a natural plumber then consider some boiler breakdown cover to ensure that if your system does stop you have someone who can take care of it without having to pay the exorbitant costs of a emergency plumber.