With a New Year just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your resolutions for the year ahead. While many of your resolutions may centre around doing more exercise and leading a more healthy lifestyle, it’s important you don’t forget about your boiler when setting your resolutions too. Your boiler is the beating of your home; it provides you with hot water for baths and showers and ensures your home stays warm and cosy when temperatures are cold outside. If your boiler suddenly breaks down on you, it can be extremely stressful - and therefore it’s crucial you carry out the necessary maintenance throughout the year to keep it in top condition.
To ensure your boiler remains in top condition and continues to work efficiently, we’ve put together six simple New Year’s resolutions to stick to. These resolutions will help ensure your heating bills are kept to a minimum (which is always handy after a busy Christmas!) and your boiler doesn’t suddenly break down when you need it most. Read on for more!
Book in an annual boiler service
If you can do one thing for your boiler this year, make sure you book in a professional boiler service. Your boiler should be serviced annually, but many people forget about it or choose not to service their boiler, simply because of the extra cost. There are huge benefits to having your boiler professionally serviced and it’s the best way to ensure your boiler continues to operate safely and efficiently. For just a small cost, a professional heating engineer could detect a problem that could be putting you and your family at risk.
To get your year off to the best start possible, make sure your boiler is in tip-top condition with a professional boiler service. During a boiler service, the Gas Safe registered engineer will check all of the components in your boiler and run the necessary tests to ensure there are no problems or issues.
Inspect your boiler regularly
Don’t just wait for your annual boiler service to see if there’s a problem - you should keep an eye on your boiler throughout the year yourself too. Familiarise yourself with the warning signs you should keep an eye out for. These include:
● Sudden spikes in your energy bills
● Strange noises and sounds coming from your boiler or radiators
● A strange odour coming from your boiler (an eggy, sulphur smell of gas indicates you could have a carbon monoxide leak which can be very dangerous)
● Water leaks coming from your boiler
All of these issues could be a sign that your boiler needs replacing. If your boiler regularly breaks down or it’s over 10 years old, it’s worth getting in touch with a professional to discuss a new boiler installation.
Pay attention to boiler problems
It can be tempting to ignore small boiler issues, but doing so can be extremely dangerous. Make it your mission to address any boiler problems this year as and when you come across them. Whether it’s a strange noise coming from your boiler or a tiny leak, don’t ignore problems until they become very expensive to repair or fix. Even the smallest of leaks can quickly turn into huge problems, which is why you should never ignore any issues. Instead, make sure you’ve got a reliable heating engineer on hand to call when you notice a problem. The sooner an issue is addressed, the easier and cheaper it is to fix.
Bleed your radiators
If your home doesn’t heat up as quickly as it should or it never seems to reach the optimum temperature, it could actually be an issue with your radiators rather than your boiler. Try to get into the habit of regularly checking and bleeding your radiators in the year ahead. Bleeding your radiators will ensure they continue to run efficiently and help to release any trapped air that could be affecting the efficiency of your heating system.
Bleeding your radiators is easy; all you need is a radiator bleeding key (these are available in most DIY shops) and a cloth to make sure there’s no mess. Gently turn the key, opening each radiator valve to slowly release the trapped air. You should hear a hissing sound; once this stops, turn the key back to close the valve again. It only takes a few minutes to do and can have a huge impact on the performance and efficiency of your heating system in your home.
Add your boiler to your cleaning routine
Make sure you add your boiler to your general house cleaning routine this year. Regularly cleaning your boiler will help to ensure it stays in top condition and can even help to extend its lifespan - plus, it only adds a few extra minutes to your usual cleaning schedule. When dusting off your boiler, make sure you thoroughly check the outer casing. This can be particularly important if your boiler is situated in the airing cupboard.
It’s also important to check that the area around your boiler isn’t cluttered. Your boiler needs room to breathe and should be in a clean and clear area.
Dig out your boiler manual
This year, make it your mission to learn how your boiler works. All too often we have a boiler installed and only know the basics - but in order to use your boiler properly and get the most out of it, it’s crucial you take the time to learn how it works. Learning how to access different settings and finding out what each control means will greatly improve your user experience.
Digging out your manual can also be a huge help when it comes to boiler problems. Your manual will detail any warning signs you need to look out for and tell you exactly what you need to do if your boiler isn’t working as it should. Don’t worry if you’re not sure where your manual is; there’s plenty of information available online and lots of reliable heating and plumbing companies you can get in touch with should you suspect a problem with your boiler.
Gastech Heating & Plumbing: Boiler Repair & Installation Services in Blackwood
If you’re looking for a reliable heating and plumbing company to take care of your boiler, you needn’t look further than Gastech Heating & Plumbing. We install A-rated boilers and have been proudly helping Blackwood residents maintain an energy-efficient home since 1984. We’re a company you can trust to work efficiently, professionally and affordably - and we’ll always provide our customers with the very best service.
We understand that having no heating or hot water can be extremely stressful, which is why we provide a quick and efficient service. Whether you’re in need of a brand new boiler installation or you would like to book a boiler service or repairs, our team of experienced and qualified boiler experts have got you covered. We provide yearly servicing in South Wales and always go above and beyond to ensure your boiler continues to work smoothly and efficiently.
To learn more about our heating and plumbing services in Blackwood, visit our website. Alternatively, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team.