Whether your boiler is brand new or old, maintaining it could help you save on expensive boiler repair costs.
If your boiler is broken it’ll try to compensate by using more energy to counter the weakness, making it more expensive for you and more damaging to the environment.
Keeping your boiler well-maintained keeps it performing efficiently so it’s less likely to break down and potentially become unsafe.
Good maintenance could also save you having to call out an engineer before your annual service is due and minimises the chances of wasting money and energy due to a blockage or leak.
There are many different types of boilers and you may encounter issues that are unique to yours, however, here are a few common problems:
The pilot flame should be blue, so if the flame is orange or yellow you should call a heating engineer.
Excluding seasonal variation, if your house doesn’t feel as warm as usual and your radiators have cold patches, you’ll either need to bleed the radiator or call in an engineer to check for blockages in the system.
If the pressure is dropping or rising, it means that your boiler is not performing well. A constant high pressure could mean your boiler is experiencing some difficulties too.
Strange noises, for instance, clicking or ticking noises when your boiler starts could means that something isn’t right.
If your boiler needs more and more maintenance consider whether it would be more cost effective to have a new boiler installed instead.
Have your boiler serviced at least once a year, but if you suspect a problem don’t wait for your next service - contact an engineer to check it out.