With winter slowly rolling in, bringing with it colder weather. As such, it’s a good idea to look up price quotes and information about boiler care, even checking the original source in order to make sure your information is accurate.
Maintenance on early Autumn will save a lot of money, and even prevent injuries, as improperly maintained boilers can become faulty, and those are dangerous. Here’s some tips.
Regular servicing will ensure that your boiler runs properly. Make sure that a skilled and certified engineer works on your boiler, as they’re the people with the necessary skills to make adjustments to your boiler to ensure that it runs safely and efficiently. Getting your boiler service around September will ensure that it’s ready for the heavy use in the cold Autumn and Winter months.
Bleed out the boiler
When you first turn on the boiler, you’ll notice that some of the radiators don’t heat up right away. This is because there’s air inside them, which you can confirm by checking if the radiator’s hot at the bottom and cold at the top. All you need to do is to use a radiator key, place some cloth and plastic on the carpet for protection, and let the air out.
Take note of common issues
- Painting over the radiator doesn’t necessarily hamper it’s performance, but painting over the valve does. It’s not easy to free it, but you can try to apply some pressure and some contact cleaner like WD40. If it doesn’t work, then call an expert.
- When the radiator is hot at the top but not at the bottom, it means that there’s sludge inside it, and it needs powerflushing. Again, an expert is needed here, so you might want to check their original source to see what the cost of a powerflushing is.
- If the radiator isn’t heating up at all, then look to the valve. If the valve’s open (turned clockwise), then the valve has an issue. In that case, you need to replace it, preferably with a thermostatic radiator valve, which lets you adjust the heat setting.
Never try to DYI boiler repairs
Boilers can be dangerous, as such, we don’t recommend opening one and trying to DIY the damn thing. You could make the problem worse, and that’s the best case scenario. Always make sure that whoever’s working on your boiler is qualified and certified.