We at GPS London are well aware of how busy we get once the cooler weather arrives. We often find that most problems with boilers and central heating systems start as soon as people switch them on for the winter. It is during the winter that we rely on our boilers to work hard 24/7, but they are something we quite often neglect to think about during the warmer months of the year.
To help you along and keep you warm this winter, follow our top tips for keeping your boiler healthy.
Have an annual boiler service
Most people will be used to having an annual boiler service to keep their boiler warranty going, but it is also essential if you want to keep your boiler in perfect working order – especially during the winter months when we rely on our heating much more.
One of our fully qualified Gas Safe Registered heating engineers will carry out a detailed inspection of your boiler during the service to make sure that all the parts and components are in perfect working order. If you have been having any issues with your central heating or have noticed problems with your boiler, your engineer will be able to check into this for you and test the system fully for safety. If they find any issues that need fixing, then they will advise you on the best course of action to take to get any problems quickly resolved.
Test your heating before winter
It may sound silly to suggest that you test out your heating during the hotter days of summer, but giving your central heating system a short run on cooler summer days or at the beginning of autumn will let you know that it is still working properly.
It can be very reassuring to head into winter knowing that your boiler and central heating is working correctly. The last thing you want is for your heating not to work on a chilly morning when you need it the most. When you don’t use your central heating for long periods of time, the boiler has to work extra hard to warm up when you do switch it on.
Keep your boiler instruction manual
Try to familiarise yourself with your boiler instruction manual, Keep it in a safe place with other important documents or paperwork so that you know it will not become lost. It is always useful to know where your manual is should you experience an issue with your boiler over the winter.
Check your boiler pressure
Ideally your boiler pressure should read between 1 and 2 bars. Your boiler could lose pressure over time and if this happens your boiler efficiency will reduce greatly. It is quite a simple job to top up your boiler pressure and your instruction manual should tell you how to do this. This is why it is a good idea to keep your manual safe at all times. If you are unsure about topping up your boiler by yourself, give us a call and we will be happy to advise you.