We all dread a boiler breakdown, especially at the beginning of winter. But if you look after your boiler you’ll increase its efficiency and lifetime. Here are some tips to help you keep your boiler in good condition.
Lag your pipes Prevention is better than cure, so the best time for pipe lagging is before the cold weather sets in. Shops sell ready-made lagging that slips over your pipes in minutes and is a low cost.
Switch the boiler off and the savings on Once the weather has warmed up you can turn your boiler off. If you have a combi boiler you simply turn it to hot water only. To prevent problems in the winter it’s a good idea to switch your boiler on once a month for 10-20 minutes during the summer.
Keep the pressure up Boilers do not run well on low pressure and this can damage the boiler. The right pressure is between 1 and 1.5 bar. This can be checked by looking at the pressure gauge on the front of the boiler.