Boilers are a necessity, particularly when the cold winter months set in. While the thought of maintaining something like an old boiler may seem a little daunting, checking it every now and again can save you from any disasters later on.
Our post on ‘3 Ways to Check How Safe Your Kitchen Is’ highlights the importance of protecting everything in your kitchen and knowing how your home equipment runs. Additionally, it is important that you know where to direct any professionals if you need their help.
That said, here are 5 ways to maintain your boiler:
Invest in boiler coverage
Many homeowners aren’t familiar with boiler coverage, but every boiler needs one. Boiler coverage ensures that your contract provider sends an engineer in the event of a problem, with HomeServe noting that they will help remedy any sudden breakdowns and keep your unit running as smoothly as possible. There are also contractors who provide annual servicing; making boiler coverage an important investment as soon as you get a unit.
Check the vents and chimneys
It’s natural that parts of your boiler will deteriorate over time, but keep in mind that faulty vents and chimneys will end up causing leaks. Set a reminder to check every two months for holes in your chimney, and check the vents to make sure they’re connected to the main boiler unit. You should do an initial check as soon as your boiler is installed, and you may want to take pictures to refer to later on.
Learn how to flush your boiler
Similar to the previous point, a build-up of debris will occur naturally in any boiler. Flushing your boiler out is an easy enough process, and knowing how to do it can save you the additional money that would come with hiring a contractor to come over. Hunker suggests finding a spot to drain the water first before flushing it out, whether in a garden or a huge waste bucket.
Fit a thermostat
A thermostat is a great way to make your boiler more energy-efficient and cost-effective. Pocket-lint recommends Nest’s Learning Thermostat 3.0, which is compatible with most heating systems. The thermostats connect to cylinders inside the boiler, so you can set a desired maximum temperature that will ensure your system doesn’t go above a certain range. Thermostats are easy enough to install on your own, too.
Make sure all valves are tightly shut
This last tip should be obvious, but it’s surprising just how many people forget to take the time and check. For instance, forgetting to shut your steam boiler’s feeding valve will cause flooding. Not only can this damage your boiler, but it also leads to water wastage and additional costs on your part. Some people may find this process tedious due to the amount of valves there are, but take time every two weeks or so to check.
Easy boiler maintenance can allow you to keep a cool head in the case of an emergency. If you’re someone who prefers leaving things to the professionals, rest assured that understanding how your boiler works and when it needs to be repaired ends up saving you lots of money in the long run.
See some of my other home and interiors posts