It is during the winters when boilers are put to their maximum use. The real condition of the boiler is tested during the winter as the usage is much higher and also the probability of a boiler breakdown is higher during winter compared to rest of the year. This is the very reason why we should take extra care for the boilers during the winter months. As a common man, you can do few things which will keep your boiler in good condition during the winter. Let us look at the tips one by one.
Pre-winter boiler service
Annual boiler service is one of the most important maintenance aspects of a boiler. It is better to schedule this annual maintenance just before winter commences. As the probability of a complete breakdown lures large during winter, a pre-winter service will eradicate all the minor issues in the boiler and will bring it back to the best condition possible. Once your boiler is serviced it will work without problems for another 12 months and by then winter should be taken care off easily. Just call a Gas-Safe certified engineer to service your boiler before the onset of the winter. An annual service includes complete cleaning of the boiler along with identification and fixing of all the existing problems. Annual service also helps your warranty to be kept valid.
If you are using a traditional boiler without a smart thermostat then you will be spending a lot more on your energy bills. A smart thermostat automatically increases and decreases the temperature of the boiler based on the current room temperature and your lifestyle preference. Using artificial intelligence a smart thermostat will optimally adjust the temperature so as to reduce the usage of the boiler. A smart thermostat will reduce the working hours of the boilers and thus increase the energy efficiency and also the life of the boiler. If your boiler is required to run fewer hours during winter then the chance of a complete breakdown diminishes.
Maintain required pressure levels
Boilers might tend to lose pressure over time for various reasons. Each and every boiler brand requires a predefined pressure level for working properly. Once the pressure level drops below this threshold then it will lead to problems and will reduce the efficiency of the boiler. During winter months, do check the pressure levels once a week to ensure that they are up to the required level and working properly. If the pressure level drops then you need to adjust the pressure to increase it to the required level. Instructions for adjusting pressure level can be found in the manufacturer’s user manual or online documentation. Follow the instructions mentioned and top-up the pressure to the optimal level. This can be done at home without calling for a professional help. If you are unsure about how to top-up the pressure you can always take the help of a boiler engineer.
Bleed your radiators
Most of us tend to not use the boilers during the summer and switch it on only during the winter. If the boiler is unused for a prolonged period of time, air might get trapped inside the radiator. If there is an air blockage, the radiators will be cold at the top and hot at the bottom. To fix this you need to bleed the radiators. Bleeding is again a do at home task which can be easily done by opening and closing the pressure valves.
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These are some of the basic maintenance tips for your boiler during the winter season which will prevent a boiler breakdown and also increase the overall efficiency of the boiler.