December 16, 2015

Healthy Boiler – Happy Home

Your central heating boiler is the most important appliance in your home, and the prospect of it going wrong will understandably fill you with dread. Consider the inconvenience of a freezing cold home, the expense of having to call out a heating engineer, any water damage due to leaks, and it’s not hard to understand why it is so crucial to make sure your boiler runs smoothly.

Healthy Boiler – Happy Home
Regular maintenance and servicing is key to a keeping your boiler healthy, and this is not something you should ever attempt to do yourself. Regular servicing will also be a requirement of your boiler’s warranty, so always contact a Gas Safe accredited engineer to assist with this.
It makes sense to employ the services of a professional and qualified engineer to give your boiler an annual service and give you peace of mind. Many heating and plumbing companies will offer a service contract that renews every year, allowing you to pay on a monthly basis.
In between service visits, it’s up to you to ensure that your boiler operates as efficiently as it can. Here’s what you can do to help.
Do not obstruct the boiler
Blockages can occur when there’s a build-up of dirt or dust over time, which is why it is essential to keep any flues, vents and grilles clear of dust and debris.
If the boiler is in a cupboard, or if you are planning to box it in, perhaps as part of a kitchen makeover, make sure you are familiar with the manufacturer’s recommended clearances beforehand, so that the boiler is able to be accessed safely and efficiently for any maintenance or repair issues.
Keep it clean
As a householder, it is your responsibility to look after your boiler. It is also in your interest to get the best out of your boiler for as long as possible, so keep it clean. Wipe the exterior with a damp cloth now and again (but do not use abrasives) to keep everything spick and span, especially if your boiler is situated in a kitchen or in a dusty garage.
Leave the casing alone
The casing of your boiler is sacrosanct, so don’t be tempted to move it, fiddle with it or look inside. Gas central heating boilers can be dangerous – gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning… need we say more?
No matter whether you think there is a fault with the boiler, always contact a qualified engineer for assistance. For the avoidance of doubt, your Gas Safe registered heating and plumbing engineer is the only person qualified to remove your boiler’s casing.
This article was provided by Mike James, an independent content writer in the property industry – working with a selection of companies including BSW Energy, who were consulted over the information contained in this piece.