Tips to keep your boiler in good condition January 08, 2021 Boilers can last for years and years if they are taken care of properly. But what are the steps that you need o take in order to ensure that your boiler is operating at its most efficient level? The team at TPS Plumbing and Heating have outlined some tips for maintaining your boiler! Annual boiler servicingAnnual servicing is the biggest and most important suggestion. Servicing your boiler every year keeps it in great shape for the future, as it finds any problems while they’re still small and manageable. This also helps them to run much more efficiently, making them a great investment. Don't leave your boiler switched off for long periodsIf your boiler is left switched off for a long time (e.g. all summer), it is much more likely for problems to occur. Ideally, you should switch your boiler on for 10 or 15 minutes regularly throughout the summer, to make sure everything internally is still working as it should. Regularly check your pressure gaugeYour boiler pressure can dip over time, so make sure you check it regularly to check it is as it should be. The pressure should be at 1 on the gauge- any lower than this and you should top it up using instructions from your boiler manufacturer. If you find it dipping too often your boiler may need repairing. Bleed your radiators every monthIf your radiators have cold spots or aren’t heating up as quick as they used to, it may be a good idea to bleed them. This isn’t a sign of a fault within your boiler and it simply helps to keep your system in good shape, without needing a pricey repair. Keep an eye out for signs your boiler needs repairYou should familiarise yourself with common wanting signs suggesting a fault with your boiler. Things such as strange noises, smells, unreliability and low pressure are all common signs that should be looked at. When your boiler needs repairing, call out a gas engineer sooner rather than later- don’t ever wait for it to result in a breakdown. Lag your outdoor pipesIn the winter months, your pipes have the potential to freeze over. To limit the risk of this, you should insulate your pipes with pipe lagging or foam found in DIY stores. You should also be aware of how to defrost a frozen pipe if needed. The easiest ways are with a hairdryer or wet towels.