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The Importance of Servicing Your Boiler

The boiler in your home is one of the most important appliances you own, keeping your house warm all year round. However, if not maintained and serviced regularly, you could fall fowl to a whole host of problems where in extreme cases of negligence boilers have actually exploded. Repairs can also be incredibly expensive so it’s to avoid any issues when and where you can.

Here are a few handy tips to make sure your boiler works efficiently all year round.

Tips for an efficient boiler

Hire a professional
If you feel you don’t have the required experience/knowledge to safely service your boiler it’s recommended to hire a professional gas engineer. They will be able to give you an efficient service that will leave you with peace of mind. Have these checked out annual and it’s also a good idea to have your boiler serviced in the summer months, it’s better to be aware of any problems before the cold weather kicks in.

Check the pressure
This is a simple check that you can carry out yourself. All boilers are fitted with a pressure gauge and these will inform you when the pressure inside your boiler is too high. For a standard boiler unit, the pressure should be around 12-15 lbs. If the pressure is too high, most standard boilers have a release valve or pressure valve which can be turned to release the pressure. However, if you do so and the pressure immediately increases, contact a professional as this could be a serious issue.

Here are some other signs to look out:

  • Loud noises from the boiler
  • Stains or smoke appears
  • Burns a yellow flame
  • Boiler pilot light goes out
  • Boiler overheats/refills on a regular basis

Maintain yourself
There are many things you can do personally to maintain your boilers high standard and avoid the need for expensive repairs. On an annual basis, check the water levels to ensure you’re not boiling it dry, if the water line is low there may be a leak, clean around the boiler to avoid any dust settling and drain the water to ensure a high standard of functioning.

Bio: This Article was provided The Plumb Store, UK based experts in central heating and boiler supplies.

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