Your boiler will need an annual service from a qualified registered heating engineer and other than this, you can make your house cosy and ready for action by running a few simple maintenance jobs.
Servicing a boiler has a number of advantages including prolonging its lifespan, making sure it is operating at its best, meeting the requirements of any warranty, and also making sure that it is not giving off carbon monoxide fumes, which can prove fatal.
Carbon monoxide, which cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, is known as the silent killer. It is caused when a fuel source does not burn fully. As well as regular servicing, it is a good idea to locate a carbon monoxide alarm near a boiler.
Bleed your radiators when they need it so that any trapped air is removed, maximising space for the hot water to circulate and keeping your house as warm as possible. Also, check the pipes for leaks and call in a plumber for any major concerns. Not only will a leak compromise the efficacy of heating your home, the water could cause damage to carpets or to woodwork.
Any noises from pipes and radiators might indicate a build-up of limescale, and this noise is known as kettling. Your best bet for serious limescale problems is consulting Gas Safe heating engineer.
Condensing: Under current Building Regulations all newly installed gas and oil-fired boilers must be of this type due to their energy efficiency. They extract a much higher percentage of heat from the fuel being burned, as well as obtaining heat from the flue gases that old-fashioned boilers would have discharged into the atmosphere.
Oil and solid fuel-fired:There are some parts of the country, particularly in rural areas, where there is no gas supply. Therefore, boilers fitted in homes in these locations need to use an alternative source of fuel such as oil, wood or coal.
Gas-fired: Gas is the preferred choice for most people when it comes to a boiler. They are more convenient and less time-consuming than solid fuel versions, where you have to have somewhere to store the fuel, unless an automatic hopper is fitted, the fuel has to be manually fed into the boiler and residual ash needs to be regularly cleared away.
Combination:Provides hot water and heats the property without the need for a water tank in the loft or a hot water cylinder, which can free up space for storage. They can be fired by gas, oil or LPG although gas versions are the most common.
A qualified heating engineer will quickly and easily service your boilers to keep them running at the optimum level and head off any problems.