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Protecting Your Boiler from Breakdowns

Posted on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 at 10:40 am by

Your family rely on your boiler for heating and hot water in the home. If it stops working, you quickly feel the effects. In summer, a broken boiler is an inconvenience that you’d probably rather not think about. In winter, it’s a risk to your health.

You can rely on portable heaters if your boiler breaks down – and it’s good to have them in your home in case there’s an emergency. Still, it’s better not to put yourself in the situation where they’re needed. As well as servicing, which we talked about in a recent blog post, here are a few more things that you can do to help your boiler:

Keep It Running

Your boiler has to work hard to heat up from cold. It’s working hardest in the winter, when the pipes are cold and you often require higher temperatures. Avoid putting stress on your boiler by keeping it on a low level at all times. Often, constant low-level work is more energy efficient than switching your heating on for two or three hours a day.

Bleed Your Radiators

A build-up of air in your heating system can have a negative effect on temperatures and on your boiler. If your radiators feel hotter at the bottom than they do at the top, it may be time to bleed them. It’s a simple process, but will save you time and money.

Thaw Your Pipes

In cold weather, pipes can start to freeze. The cold pipes put strain on your system and may lead to expensive damage. If you’re able to find which pipes are freezing, simply warm them up with a hairdryer. This is more effective than turning your heating up and hoping for the best.