In today’s day and age when fuel is no longer cheap and costs are constantly on the rise, making a boiler more efficient is more imperative than ever. The more inefficient the boiler, the higher the fuel costs. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent such problems. Here are five tips for homeowners to keep your boiler running efficient and in tiptop shape:
Bleed your radiators
If a radiator does not heat up right away, one of the biggest culprits is that there’s air in the radiator. You can tell if there’s air in the radiator because it will be hot at the bottom and cold at the top. Bleeding the radiator is a way to remove the trapped air inside.
To bleed your radiator, start by switching off the central heating. If it’s still hot, allow it to cool down for a few minutes. Then, put plastic at the bottom in case it leaks. Using a radiator key, gently turn the valve at the top of the radiator counter-clockwise. As the valve loosens, you’ll hear a hissing noise signalling the air being bled out. Once the hissing stops and water comes out, close the valve.
Maintain your radiator
Following the manufacturer’s recommendation on annual boiler servicing is the easiest way to ensure your boiler will continue to run efficiently. A skilled plumbing professional will know which adjustments to make to ensure your boiler runs problem-free. During a scheduled maintenance, your plumbing professional will check that the key components of your boiler are working and any potential causes of problems are taken care of. Ideally, you should have your boiler checked in September to ensure it is ready for the cold months.
In case a major component or the entire boiler needs replacement, do not attempt to take on the task yourself. To be safe, only a qualified boiler replacement technician should be the only one working on your boiler.