Boiler maintenance guide

Winter can be a demanding time for your condensing boiler, and in recent years a record number of households have reported burst pipes and broken down boilers.

There's nothing worse than finding yourself without heating in the midst of winter, just when you need your boiler most. Sadly, that's when problems are most likely to occur.

However, there are lots of boiler maintenance tips that you can follow to make sure you don't end up with a nasty bill for calling someone out to fix a broken boiler. After all, even a cheap boiler could cost around £1,000, so it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to boiler maintenance.

What could go wrong with my condensing boiler?

Condensing boilers are the most common type of new boiler. They are a godsend to households fighting higher gas and electricity costs, but can require more frequent boiler servicing .

The good news is that condensing boilers are 10-20% more efficient than regular boilers. The bad news, however, is that the system is more likely to freeze up in cold temperatures. For this reason it is important to have regular gas boiler servicing.

If the temperature outside is below freezing and your condensing boiler isn't working, or it's displaying an error, then your condensate pipe could be frozen.

Things to look out for?

The most obvious sign of a dodgy boiler is quite simply when it's not heating up water anymore. There's no surer sign of a boiler not working than the heating not coming on, but the trouble may well start long before that, so it pays to know what to look out for.

One of the clearest signs to look out for is whether your boiler flame is clear blue. An orange or yellow gas flame is a great indicator of a problem and means it's time to call your boiler engineer.

Boiler pressure is another clear indicator. If your boiler pressure is suddenly dropping or rising, or if the pressure remains too high for prolonged periods of time, it may be time to consider boiler servicing .

It's also a bad sign if you hear clanking or ticking noises, particularly when your boiler starts up. Similarly if your boiler is using significantly more gas than usual there may be a serious problem that should be investigated as soon as possible.

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