Did you know Landlords and homeowners must have an annual gas safety check by law, but this doesn’t mean appliances are hazard-free for another year, and certainly doesn’t guarantee they’re running cost-effectively. So as well as monitoring your boiler , there are extra steps everyone should take to keep safe all year round.
Boiler servicing above the minimum
The mandatory annual safety check ensures gas is burning, the boiler’s fitted in an appropriate room and it has enough air supply – but this just scratches the surface. You’ll need to eventually check its combustion exhaust gases, cleanliness, seals, gaskets and for any signs of distress.
An appliance service from Clarity Heating Engineers based in Ely leaves no stone unturned and covers everything above on top of a standard safety check. Clarity Heating highly recommends killing two birds with one stone in this way with an appliance service at least once a year.
Use what gas or oil you need
It’s tempting to keep your boiler ticking over just in case you need a quick shower or to cook. But this attitude puts unnecessary pressure on gas appliances, particularly during summer when heating is needed less, and not to mention racks up a hefty bill. Reduce the wear and tear by making a habit of switching off your boiler when getting out of the bath or shower, finishing a meal or going to bed. It’s also a great idea setting up a boiler timer so it only fires up when typically needed, such as getting home from work. You also easily turn down your digital thermostat ahead of schedule if you know you’re going out or to bed early.
Let your boiler breathe
Think of your boiler as your property’s lung – it needs space to work and avoid overheating. You should therefore clear clutter around it to let latent heat escape from the heat exchanger and reduce the risk of overworking.
Insulating materials like fabrics, carpet and fibreglass should also be replaced with less conductive ones like wood, cardboard and ceramic in the boiler’s vicinity.
DIY maintenance can only do so much when it comes to boiler maintenance and servicing, so make sure to call a professional Clarity Heating engineer on 01353 862315 or contact-us to cover all bases.