Spring is now in full swing and we’ll bet that many of you will already be starting your annual spring cleans of your homes ready for the summer months.
However, while you are flitting around trying to dust the cobwebs out of those out of reach places, we’re willing to bet that you won’t have had a second thought about your boiler. It’s been keeping your home warm all winter – and is still often in use during spring… don’t you think it needs a little TLC every now and again?
You may think that because it seems to be running without a hitch, there’s no reason to take a second look at it, but rather than waiting until something goes wrong (and potentially paying out a lot of money for an old boiler when the same amount could get you a brand-new boiler installation instead!), why not carry out some regular maintenance and keep those costs down until you really do need a new one?
Here are some things you should look for during your spring clean:
Look Out for Leakages
Leaks can occur at any time, not just during summer, but with winter being incredibly cold, it’s not unusual for some boilers to have their pipes freeze, expanding them so that when they thaw, the pipes may not align correctly, resulting in leaks.
You should check the seals around the boiler to ensure that they are still in place, and check that the fittings are still tightly connected. Keeping an eye out for drips is also a good idea, whether this be a huge puddle or even a slow drip – they all need rectifying.
Another way to detect if there are any leaks is to check the boiler pressure. If you have noticed it dropping, there could be a leak in one of the relief valves that needs attention.
Listen for Bubbles
Boilers can often make some strange noises, especially when the heating starts filling up.
However, if you ever hear your boiler making a bubbling sound it could be a sign there’s a problem. Like washing machines and kettles, because a boiler is always couples with water, boilers can experience a build up of limescale within the unit.
If you hear any sort of bubbling noise, it’s best to get in touch with a professional boiler engineer to take a look at it and clean it out if needs be.
Blockages can Happen
As well as leakages, you could end up facing blockages if you don’t pay close enough attention to your boiler.
You should start to notice a boiler with a blockage fairly quickly if you are still using your central heating to heat your home; namely, you won’t feel the heat at all, or if you do, it won’t be anywhere near the level of heat that you’re looking for.
It’s important that blockages are found and dealt with to avoid causing damage to the workings of your boiler and your central heating, too.
The Smart Choice
All homes need to have safe boilers and gas connections in place. Here at Gas Smart, we specialise in securing swift and efficient gas connections that ensure your home is as warm and as comfortable as it can be. We pride ourselves on offering fair pricing, excellent customer service and one point of contact for every customer. Find out which gas connection will suit your home, or get a free quote from us to make sure that you find the right boiler for you.