How To Maintain Your Boiler and Heating System

Boiler Repair

July 7, 2022

Signs that your boiler needs repair

It's time to service your boiler and ensure it's ready for the cold weather. Did you know you should check the entire heating system, not just the boiler? This blog post will discuss why it's important to check the system and provide tips on how to do it.

Your boiler is the heart of your home's heating system, but it's not the only component. Pipes deliver hot water or steam to radiators throughout your house. Over time, these pipes can become corrupted or damaged, leading to leaks. In addition, the valves that control the flow of hot water or steam can become stuck, causing the entire system to malfunction. That's why it's important not to service your boiler so it's running efficiently.

How To Maintain Your Boiler and Heating System

Checking your heating system should be part of your annual boiler service. Here are some tips on what to look for:

  • Look for any leaks in the pipes. If you see any water, it's an indication that there's a problem.
  • Check the valves to make sure they're not stuck. You should be able to turn them easily.
  • If you have a hot water system, check the expansion tank. This is a pressure-relief valve that prevents the system from becoming too pressurised. If it's not working properly, it can cause the system to fail.
  • You must also check the pressure in your system. you can do this with a simple gauge. The ideal pressure is between 12 and 15 psi. If it's higher or lower, it could be an indication of a problem.

You should look for these things when checking your heating system. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, you can always hire a professional to do it for you. Either way, ensuring your system is in good working order before the cold weather sets in is important.

What Are The Signs That My Heating System Needs to Be Repaired?

If you notice any of the following, it's a sign that your heating system needs to be repaired:

  • The boiler is making strange noises: If you hear banging, whistling, or other unusual noises coming from your boiler, it's a sign that something is wrong.
  • There's water around the base of the boiler, which could indicate a leak in the system.
  • The radiators are cold: If one or more of your radiators is not getting hot, it could indicate a problem with the system.
  • The boiler is short-cycling: It turns on and off more frequently than normal. This could be caused by various factors, including a build-up of pressure in the system.
  • The boiler isn't providing enough heat: If your boiler isn't providing enough heat, it could be a sign that it's not working properly.

If you notice any of these signs, you must call a professional for help. Trying to fix the problem yourself could worsen and put your family at risk. A heating system is a complex piece of machinery, so it's best to leave it to the experts.

When Should You Service Your Boiler?

Most boiler manufacturers recommend that you service your boiler once a year. This is typically done in the fall before the weather gets too cold. However, if you live in an area with milder winters, you may be able to get by servicing your boiler every other year. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide how often to service your boiler. Just be sure to do it regularly to keep it running smoothly.

Aside from annual services, you must also service your boiler when you move into a new home. This is because you don't know the history of the boiler or how well it's been maintained. Servicing your boiler in the new home will ensure it's in good working order and help you avoid any surprises down the road.

Another event when you should service your boiler is when you feel that your boiler is inefficient. If you notice your energy bills going up, it's probably time for a service. An inefficient boiler can be caused by corrosion or soot build-up. A service will make your boiler more efficient.

Lastly, it's a good idea to check your boiler pressure in summer. If the pressure is too low, it can cause your boiler to overheat. If the pressure is too high, it can cause your boiler to explode.

What Else Should You Do To Maintain Your Heating System?

In addition to servicing your boiler, you can do a few other things to maintain your heating system. Checking the system means more than just looking for leaks or checking the pressure. You should also:

Inspect your radiators to make sure they're working properly. 

If you notice any cold spots, it could be an indication that there's a problem with the system. By checking the system regularly, you can catch problems early and avoid more serious issues down the road.

Be sure to bleed your radiators at least once a year. 

This releases any air trapped in the system and prevents your radiators from working properly. This will help improve the efficiency of your heating system and help you save money on your energy bills.

Check the filters in your system regularly and replace them as needed

Dirty filters can cause your system to work harder, leading to higher energy bills. You can keep your system running smoothly by checking the filters regularly and avoiding unnecessary expenses.

Checking the thermostat

If your thermostat is set too high, it can cause your boiler to overheat. Conversely, your boiler won't generate enough heat to warm your home if it's too low. A faulty thermostat can also cause your boiler to cycle on and off more than it should.

By following these tips, you can ensure your boiler is running smoothly and efficiently. Regular maintenance will prolong your boiler's life. Schedule an appointment with a qualified technician today.

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