Winter Boiler Maintenance Swansea
If you have experienced a heating failure during the winter in your home or business, you would probably say it was a horribly stressful experience. An easy way to prevent this from happening is to carry out quick and easy boiler maintenance as well as having your boiler serviced annually. Eric Collier and Son have compiled a list of boiler maintenance Swansea techniques that you can do yourself to keep your boiler working throughout winter.
Christmas can be an expensive time without the need to fork out even more money on boiler repairs or a boiler service. Carry out the following DIY maintenance tips now and make it your new year’s resolution to get a professional boiler service Swansea. We recommend having your boiler serviced once a year minimum. A regular servicing can ensure the longevity of your boiler and keep it working as efficiently as possible. At Eric Collier, our skilled gas safe heating engineers Swansea will evaluate your boiler on a date of your choosing. They will then provide you with a clear breakdown of any work that may be required on it. Call our Swansea office today on 01792 620688
Boiler Maintenance Tips:
No blue flame?
There will be an ignition flame somewhere on your boiler which should be blue. If you look at your boiler and see that your ignition flame is not blue, but instead a yellow or orange flame, this will require one of our Gas Safe engineers immediately. Our engineers can then perform an important diagnosis and repair on your boiler.
Bleed any radiators
Bleeding your radiators in your home or business property is important as it releases any air that has got into it. Having air in your radiator means that it will take longer to heat up and often will be hot at the bottom but cold at the top. This means that you are wasting energy and money on bills. Before you begin, you must ensure that your system has been turned off and cooled down. You will then need two pieces of equipment; a bleed key and a rag. There will be a bleed key point on one of the sides of your radiator. Use the bleed key to turn this approximately a quarter turn holding the rag underneath. Once turned, you should be able to hear the air coming out. At some point, this will change from air to water very quickly so be ready to turn the key back to closed as soon as this happens to minimise mess. Your radiator will now work more efficiently. You should repeat this process on all the radiators in your property. Bleeding your radiator may cause a drop in pressure in your boiler. After bleeding, you must check your boiler pressure to check it is normal. Please do not hesitate to contact Eric Collier if you have any queries or problems during the process. We can also carry out this service for you if you would rather leave it to the professionals.
Top up boiler Pressure
Alternatively, if the pressure on your boiler is too low, it will be worth topping it up to avoid any more serious breakdowns. Before you top up your boiler pressure, make sure your heating system is cold. Turn it off at least an hour before you begin. Then, to top up your boiler pressure, there are two blow handles in the left-hand side at the bottom of the boiler. You will need to turn them approximately a quarter turn, keeping an eye on the gauge. When the desired pressure has been reached, turn the handles back a quarter turn to the original closed position. Your boiler should now function correctly.
Check boiler ventilation
Like most electronic/gas appliances, your boiler requires a constant flow of air to perform at it’s best. This is why keeping any obstructions away from the vents and your boiler itself will mean that air can flow through it easily. Therefore your boiler can continue to heat your home and water effectively. Check your boiler cover or box that it is housed in for any ventilation requirements. This will help you to understand what you can and can’t do with regards to the space surrounding your boiler.
Keep Boiler Running
A common problem which occurs in the winter months in that standing water in the pipes can freeze. If your boiler’s external condensate pipe freezes it can cause your boiler to stop working. Good pipe insulation and keeping the heating constantly at a low temperature as a minimum is the best way to avoid this. This is especially important if you are leaving your home unattended for a long period of time. Remember not to turn your boiler off altogether when you go on holiday as then you will likely be coming back to a very cold house and a broken boiler.
If you follow the above-mentioned tips and tricks to performing DIY boiler maintenance Swansea, you can rest assured that your boiler will continue to heat your home or business.
Central Heating Swansea Engineers
At Eric Collier and Son, we have over 40 years experience in installing, repairing and maintaining the boilers of homes and businesses in Swansea, Cardiff, Newport and South Wales. Our Gas Safe registered heating engineers are qualified to work on many boiler types, from combi boilers to gas boiler, so you can trust us when it comes to your boiler.
If you require any further information on boiler maintenance Swansea, our experienced and highly trained team of heating engineers are on hand to give you advice or even to visit your boiler for a check. Call our Swansea office today on 01792 620688.
Jack McGivern works for Eric Collier and Son as a marketing specialist.