Simple and efficient boiler maintenance tips – part 2

This is the continuation of our previous article on Boiler Maintenance tips here. We have already discussed cleaning the air vents, monitoring the water and pressure levels, bleeding your radiators, etc in the first part. Now we will be listing out few more tips for maintaining your boiler.

Annual Service

This is a must-do thing for the welfare of your boiler. Arrange for an annual service by a Gas Safe certified engineer each year without fail. He will be able to figure out any problems early and fix them. Your boiler will also operate efficiently when serviced completely. This once a year service cost will save you lots of money and keep your boiler in a top-notch condition.

Prevent blockage

In general, people don’t use the central heating system during the summer season and this is when the boiler starts to develop faults. Try to use the central heating system once a week during summer to prevent the pumps from seizing up. This will keep the boiler fresh and in working condition. Just switch it on for 10 minutes each week.

Balance the radiators

We have already discussed in detail about how to bleed the radiators. Once your radiators are bled, you might still notice few radiators are relatively warmer than the others. This is a common issue and can be fixed easily. Just adjust the temperature in the radiators which are most hot and reduce their temperature. Once done, cooler radiators will warm up fast and the balance will be achieved. In most cases, the radiators near the boiler tend to heat up fast.

Review the overflow pipes

Do a weekly review of the overflow pipes located outside your property. If you notice water dripping from this pipe, it’s an indication that there is a problem in your boiler. Dripping will occur when the pressure release valve becomes faulty. Pressure release value can become faulty over time automatically or if your boiler is overfilled. Whatever be the reason, you need to call a service engineer to resolve this immediately.

Maintain ventilation

Boiler generates a lot of heat and hence requires sufficient ventilation room for smooth functioning. Place your boiler in a place which has free space and keep it clutter-free all the time. Each and every boiler comes with its own set of ventilation standards requirements. You can find ventilation instructions in the user manual, please adhere to them. If your boiler is kept inside a box, make sure it has an access panel for easy maintenance.

Check the color of the flame

Review the color of your flame once a week. If the boiler is working smoothly then the color of the flame should be blue. If you notice that the color of the flame is either yellow or orange, then you need to call for a Gas Safe engineer without any delay. This clearly indicates that there is something seriously wrong with your boiler that needs immediate attention.

Flush your boiler

Flushing your boiler twice a year will keep it in perfect condition. Flushing can be done by you and doesn’t require a service professional. Here are the steps for flushing.

  1. Switch off the power supply to your boiler and close the water supply value.
  2. Allow the water to cool after switching off.
  3. Attached a lengthy garden hose to the boiler drain.
  4. Open all air vents on the radiators and release the drain value.
  5. Water will flow out through the hose, give it enough time for completely draining out.
  6. Once all the water has come out, detach the hose and close the drain value.
  7. Seal all air vents and switch the power back on.
  8. Refill the boiler with clean water and flushing is completed.

Reference:  https://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/heating-and-cooling/how-to-troubleshoot-a-hot-water-and-steam-distribution-system3.htm