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How To Maintain Your Boiler Between Boiler Servicing

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Your boiler is an essential part of your home. Without hot water and central heating, our lives would be far less comfortable. In the UK, the majority of homes have a combi boiler, which can last for up to 15 years. This isn’t guaranteed, however. To preserve the lifespan of your system, you mustn’t forget your annual boiler servicing and routine maintenance in between.

There are a few small things you can do to ensure that your boiler stays healthy for longer. Read on to find out what they are.

Add A Magnetic Filter

This is a device that can pick up small particles of sludge so it can’t clog up your pipes. When the filter is full of debris, you can remove it and clean it. This saves you from having to clean the entire boiler system, making it much simpler. A clean system is less likely to require expensive repairs and can be expected to last for longer.

You’ll need an engineer to install a magnetic filter. This is because the system needs to be drained and some pipes will have to be cut. The system may need to be re-pressurised afterwards as well. If you’re having a new boiler fitted, your engineer can install the magnetic filter at the same time.

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Powerflush Your Central Heating System

If your boiler hasn’t been fitted with a magnetic filter, a lot of sludge may have built up over the years. After about five years without a filter, your central heating system would greatly benefit from a powerflush. This will shift all the sludge that’s built up in your pipes. A clean system runs more efficiently and costs far less to run.

Use Your Boiler All Year Round

You don’t have to do it for long, but turning the central heating on just once or twice during the summer months can keep your system healthy. An inactive boiler can stagnate, which leads to build-ups, blockages and breakdowns. The last thing you want is to discover that your boiler isn’t working when winter comes around. Switching it on for just 10 minutes every few weeks will make a big difference to your boiler’s health throughout the year.

Make Sure The Pressure Is Set Properly

Check the pressure gauge every so often as it can drop over time. A boiler should be set to a pressure of between one and two bars. You can adjust the pressure yourself quite easily. To do this, you’ll need to refer to your manufacturer’s instructions, as each boiler will differ slightly.

For Your Annual Boiler Servicing, Choose Gaslec

Our engineers carry out regular boiler servicing for a number of customers in Exeter and the surrounding areas of Devon. If your boiler is due for its yearly service, get in touch today. A member of our friendly team would be happy to come out and help you. As well as this, we can give you further advice on how to keep your system running smoothly between services.

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