Here at Bluewater, we understand that central heating systems can be expensive to install and operate. Making sure that your system is running at the maximum efficiency for the minimum cost is important but can be tricky. We’ve outlined some steps below to help you ensure you’re getting the most from your system.
Regular Boiler Servicing
A boiler service consists of an engineer completing a thorough check of your system to ensure all parts are working efficiently. A thorough clean will also be completed to prevent and remove any system blockages. This enables you to plan repairs before they become an emergency and ensure that your system is running at maximum efficiency. Blockages or flue and combustion release issues can cause your system to over or under operate. Another important benefit of boiler servicing is ensuring your system is safe.
Regular boiler maintenance and servicing are essential to prevent breakdowns. Annual checks of your boiler will keep everything running safely, smoothly, and efficiently. At Bluewater, we understand the demands of home maintenance and how overwhelming it can be. To book your boiler service with an experienced gas safe engineer, call Bluewater today.
The importance of Annual Servicing
On average a boiler service takes between 30 minutes to an hour. This is a lot quicker and more convenient than emergency repairs. Annual servicing is important for maintaining the efficiency of your boiler. Potential repairs can be outlined to you before they become an emergency. Not only does this save time, but it can also save costs. Most systems will often need annual servicing to comply with the warranty.
At Bluewater our Gas Safe engineers are highly trained in boiler servicing and happy to offer any advice. Different boiler systems may require additional service checks. Contact us today to arrange your boiler service.
Installing Heating Controls
Another key way to ensure you are getting the most out of your central heating system is to install a thermostat. This will enable you to control your temperature, and set your heating to come on and off at different times in the day as you require. You can also set your system to turn off once your desired temperature is achieved. This means that you won’t waste any energy, stabilising your utility bills. Some thermostats even have the option to record how much you spend per day. Having a thermostat installed is also handy for highlighting any operation mistakes. Different thermostat models operate best with different systems, so it’s best to seek advice from an engineer before installing one.
There are a few more checks you can undertake to ensure the efficiency of your system. These include:
- Bleeding your radiators
If air has become trapped in your radiators, it will prevent water from being circulated in your system effectively. If your radiators are warm at the bottom but cold at the top, this is usually a good indication that this has happened. One way to resolve this issue is to bleed your radiators.
- Turn off your heating. If left on, you may get hot water spraying out of your radiators.
- Use the radiator key to turn the valve on the top of your radiator. Attach the key to the groove in the center of the valve and turn anti-clockwise. You should hear a hissing sound as any trapped air escapes from the radiator. Use your cloth to clean any excess water that leaks out.
- When the hissing stops and there is only water leaking out, retighten the valve by turning clockwise.
- Once these steps are completed and the valves have been tightened, turn your central heating back on.
- Check the pressure of your radiators by checking the reading from the gauge on your boiler. Bleeding your radiators can cause the pressure to drop. If the pressure has become too low, you’ll need to top it up. To do this use the lever tap on your boiler.
- Check your radiators to make sure they are heating up properly.
- Check your boiler pressure
Boiler pressure that is too low will affect your boiler’s efficiency. The recommended pressure reading for a boiler to operate at maximum efficiency is between 1-1.5. There will be a gauge on your boiler which will give you a pressure reading.
- Insulate system pipes
Water left standing in pipes over the winter months can freeze, causing blockages leading to pipes bursting. Pouring tepid water over the frozen areas can be used to unfreeze and unblock the pipes. However, this can be risky as using water that is too hot can lead to further damage.