If you’ve gone to the trouble of buying and installing a new boiler, the chances are that you’ll have spent in the region of £3,000 once the project is complete. It makes sense that you should always strive to protect this type of investment, and the best way to achieve this is to ensure that your central heating system is kept in good condition at all times. With this in mind, here are some simple but effective ways of maintaining your central heating and ensuring that it operates at its optimal capacity.
1. Check your Radiators
Not only do radiators perform a functionally important role in any heating system, but they also offer an insight into some of the common problems that can cause your home to feel colder. If you begin to notice cold spots on your radiators, for example, this is indicative of trapped air in the system. Not only does this contribute to a much colder home, but it may also cause the pressure in your boiler to increase incrementally over time. Fortunately, it’s an issue that’s also relatively easy to resolve, as bleeding individual radiators and releasing the trapped air can restore the system to normal working order. You don’t need the help of an accredited engineer to bleed your radiators either, although you should request a visit if the problem persists on a regular basis. If your radiators are noisy and cold at the bottom this is a sure sign of a dirty heating system and it may well need a clean.
2. Invest in Pipe Lagging
As the temperature drops during the winter months, there remains a significant risk that your pipes will freeze. Over time, this may prevent the central heating system from working properly, whilst your pipework may also burst to create a big and costly repair job. Installing pipe lagging is a great way to mitigate this risk, however, as this is relatively cheap to source and provides additional insulation for your pipework during the winter.
3. Track your Boiler Pressure at all Times
We spoke earlier about your boiler pressure, and it’s important to keep this within a healthy range of it’s to function efficiently. The pressure on a typical combi-boiler should be between 1 and 1.5 bar when the system is cool, for example, whilst there’s no reason why it should ever exceed 1.8 bar. By tracking your system pressure and ensuring that it remains within these ranges, you can optimise the boiler’s level of efficiency and potentially extend the lifespan of the unit for many years.
Why LP Plumbing and Heating can help to Maintain your Boiler
Whilst it’s good to be proactive when maintaining your boiler, there are occasions when you need to employ the services of an accredited engineer. Whether you need to identify an issue or replace a faulty component, the team at LP Plumbing and Heating is ideally placed to meet your needs. Not only do we have years of experience in the sector, but we’re also Gas-Safe registered and Logic certified for G3 in the installation and maintenance of unvented hot water systems. Based in Snodland we cover most of Kent including but not limited to West Malling, Halling, Vigo and Aylesford, we’re ready and waiting for you to give us a call on 07534 907893. Or, you can email us at email@example.com and we’ll get back in touch with you just as soon as we can!