Summertime Tips for your Gas Boiler
Do you worry about your gas boiler over the summer months? Does the idea of turning on your gas boiler once autumn is here, only to be faced with a noisy, unhappy mess fill you with dread? If yes, or if you simply want to know the best ways to keep your boiler in tip top condition over the summer months, then read on.
Try not to turn off your boiler completely
You probably think we sound insane, but leaving a boiler off all summer long can lead to problems in the long run, as dirt and sludge like to build up in a cold system. If you can, just keep the heat on very low and set it to come on during the night. If this is too unbearable, then you could try to:
Leave the hot water function on but turn off the heat function
If you do this, ensure you check the heating function every couple of weeks. Simply turn the boiler on and let the heating come on for a few minutes. There may be the usual clanking and expansion of pipes, but as long as there’s nothing too noisy, than everything is fine and you can breathe a sigh of relief (which is hopefully not due to overheating). If you want to have a rest from your energy bills and want to turn the hot water function off completely also, make sure you do the same and
Turn the boiler on and the hot water and heating function and check it every couple of weeks
Arrange a gas boiler service
Again, we probably sound crazy, but why leave it ‘til the winter months where it might break down in the cold and you have to wait days for an appointment? Get in there quick and enjoy quicker appointment allocation and the smug feeling you’ll get knowing your boiler is ready for winter.
Arrange a replacement of an old or run down boiler
If you have a very old boiler, or you suspect that your boiler is on its way out, now would be a good time to arrange a replacement. Modern gas boilers are hugely energy efficient and will save you more money in the long run.
Always use an RGII certified plumber
It sounds obvious, but there are a lot of tradespeople out there who claim to be certified gas plumbers but they aren’t always. Please ensure that any gas engineer you employ to service your boiler is RGII certified.