A boiler is an extremely precious asset within the home and can make or break the comfort you have. Through winter months your boiler is a popular guy and more or less will receive all the love and attention it needs, whereas in summer time it’s maybe a bit more forgotten about.
No matter what the relationship between you and your heating system, it is always important to stay on top of its condition, because if you look after your boiler, it is sure to look after you.
Winter Through Autumn
Especially in the UK, as the frost and chills comes in, your heating system can be extra sensitive. From frozen pipes, to numerous boiler problems and unexpected bills, these are just few of the issues that could be a risk. At this time of year your radiators can develop air pockets which will mean your heating will not be as efficient as it could be, and in the long run can cause major issues with your boiler.
Make sure you bleed your radiators to release the trapped air. To tell whether a radiator needs bleeding, it will usually take too long to heat up and the top of the radiator will be cold.
You should seriously consider getting your boiler serviced before the winter. 55% of our spending on energy goes towards our boiler, so considering this, you should really make sure you’re not spending more than you could be and help it run as efficiently as possible.
Every degree you lower your boiler down can save up to £65 a year, so think whether you really need it that hot, before increasing the dial.
Spring Through Summer
Boilers work through a system of water and gas. The gas streams into a pipe and then through a valve, which sends the gas through a chamber in the boiler through small jets.
An ignition system sets the gases alight and connects to a pipe carrying cold water.This then heats the water to an average of 60°c. Because of this, you need to make sure you don’t let the water get too cold, no matter what the season, as it will take longer to heat up and spread through the house. This is why it’s important to also put the heating on through what may seem like warmer seasons. A boiler works better if it’s running fairly constantly, and can prolong its life.
It is still very important to turn your heating on every so often through summer, because it can help prevent the valves from seizing up. Even if you turn the heating on for a short burst, it should do the job. You could have the thermostat set to automatic, so if the temperature drops past a certain level, your boiler will sort out the issue and warm you up.
As mentioned earlier, get your boiler serviced in the summer, as it is the perfect time for it to be not in use. In autumn, boiler engineers tend to be extremely busy because of those people who put their boilers on for the first time since April and, surprise surprise it doesn’t work.
If you are prepared and get your boiler serviced at this point then you aren’t in a rush at Christmas time!
A boilers life cycle can last up to a huge 30 years if treated correctly, but the average life span for an average gas boiler is 10-15 years. Many factors can vary this. Imagine it just like a car. If you don’t use your car and just leave it, it may go rusty and the battery die. External Weather conditions, servicing and the make and model are all major variables.
If you are worried about the condition of your boiler, concerned about frozen pipes or any other issues around your heating, plumbing or gas systems, our technicians from Wear Heating and Gas have years of experience and would be delighted to help. Contact our team who would be happy to answer any questions.