A boiler requires a significant amount of investment and so it is sensible to maintain and make the most out of it. We have compiled a list of tips on how to give your boiler the best chance of living a long and fruitful life.

Get it Serviced

An annual boiler service is a must for keeping your boiler in check. Any possible problems can be picked up before they turn into big, costly problems and general safety is ensured, giving you peace of mind. An annual boiler service can ensure that your boiler is operating at its optimum running efficiency and that all parts are operating as they should be.

Annual servicing of your boiler is now a requirement to keep up with your manufacturer’s guarantee/warranty. If you don’t have a service history, the manufacturer will most likely void your guarantee/warranty.

Bleed your radiators

Air can get trapped in your radiators which in turn can cause them to not heat up properly and puts more pressure on the boiler. Bleeding them regularly just releases the air and keeps them working properly. This should be something you can easily do yourself.

All you need is a radiator key, which can be bought from any plumbing merchant or DIY store for pennies.

There is a bleed point at the top of the radiator which your key will fit in, just simply turn that and you will hear air coming out. Remember to always have a tissue ready as you don’t want to spill any water. Once you start to get water coming through, close it up and that’s it, you’ve bled your radiator! Read our full guide here

Install a Magnetic Filter

A system filter is a metal/plastic component which is connected on the return pipework of a central heating system. Inside, it has a very powerful magnet which grabs any sludge that builds up in the system over time.

A system filter is located on the return pipework of a heating system, as close to the boiler as possible. The reason behind this is that it will catch the sludge before it enters the boiler, preventing sludge from getting into the boiler components and therefore prolonging the life of the boiler.

Add an Inhibitor to your System

But what is an inhibitor? Inhibitor is an anti-corrosive solution that is added to your central heating system which helps prevent corrosion and scale. It can also aid in the reduction of sludge building up in your radiators. A heating system is made up of dissimilar metals and over time, bits of metal can break off into the system. Inhibitor fights this by applying a protective coat against the metals.

Powerflush

Power flushing will help get rid of sludge within your system which will improve efficiency by sending water at a high velocity through the system to dislodge and remove debris, limescale and sludge. Sludge can cause a lot of damage to your boiler and heating system so the less you have the better.

A power flushing machine is connected to your system and targets that stubborn sludge build-up by attacking it with very high-pressure water flow together with a powerful system cleaning agent.
Switch on the boiler during summer
We have seen many people who completely switch off their boilers during the summer months. If the boiler and the central heating system are not used for 4-5 months they are prone to show problems when switched on during winter. To prevent this we strongly recommend our clients to switch on the central heating system once in a while each day during summer. You can keep it on for 10 minutes a day to prevent any problems.

Although working when hot water is demanded, it is recommended to give your central heating a little run through every so often just to keep it ticking over. It also helps with stopping the nasty bits building up in one place (your radiator, around components), so switch your heating on now and then throughout the summer, and get that central heating water circulating.

Switch on the boiler during summer

We have seen many people who completely switch off their boilers during the summer months. If the boiler and the central heating system are not used for 4-5 months they are prone to show problems when switched on during winter. To prevent this we strongly recommend our clients to switch on the central heating system once in a while each day during summer. You can keep it on for 10 minutes a day to prevent any problems.

Although working when hot water is demanded, it is recommended to give your central heating a little run through every so often just to keep it ticking over. It also helps with stopping the nasty bits building up in one place (your radiator, around components), so switch your heating on now and then throughout the summer, and get that central heating water circulating.