How to Maintain and Manage a Healthy Boiler

The household will generally feel a lot happier knowing that their boiler is being closely monitored on a weekly basis for any issues that may have cropped up. Healthy boilers are something we all strive to have, especially when we consider how much we may have to pay out to get certain parts of a boiler repaired. All that is required is regular maintenance and this will ensure you boiler is working as efficiently as possible, safely and cost-effectively.

It is vitally important that your boiler is provided with regular maintenance and servicing on an annual basis at the hands of a full qualified and professional engineer. This is also a requirement of your warranty so it�s very important that you contact the Gas Safe Engineer when he is required. What many homeowners struggle with however is what to do in between these services, so what can you do to ensure that your boiler is running at its most efficiently throughout the year?

Don�t Touch the Casing

A boiler�s casing should not be moved at any stage between the annual services and only a Gas Safe registered engineer is legally qualified to remove your boiler�s casing. It doesn�t matter whether you believe your boiler may be the source of a problem that has arisen or if you suspect your boiler is damaged, always get I touch with an expert. It is important not to go looking or listening for any problems with the casing. If you decide to do this yourself with gas it can be extremely dangerous and lead to potential leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Keep Your Boiler Clean

So it�s important never to remove the casing but you should still look to keep your boiler as clean as possible with the freedom you do have to look after it. If you have a boiler that is based in the kitchen, there is a good chance you might have to clean it now and again. Likewise, a boiler that is stored somewhere that can get dusty over time may require the same treatment. All you need to do is take a damp cloth and wipe the boiler down but make sure the cloth you use is not an abrasive material. Make sure you don�t use too much water and you let the boiler dry out after you have cleaned it.

Don�t Block Your Boiler Up

If your boiler is situated in a cupboard or small storage compartment, or if you plan to build around your recently installed boiler, make sure that you get hold of the manufacturers recommended clearances before doing this so that, when the time comes for your boiler to be assess, it can be done safely and efficiently. Blockages can occur when too much dust or dirt has built up around the boiler over the course of a few months or so, so make sure that the flues, vents and grilles are always cleaned of any dust.

Article provided by BSW Energy; experts in the supply, installation and maintenance of boilers and central heating systems in South East England since 1963.

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