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Spring clean your boiler

We’re now in the full swing of Spring!

It’s April and we are all preparing ourselves for the warmer weather and when we can start switching out heating off for those warmer nights and (hopefully) nice warm Summer days.  But we all know in the UK, good weather is never promised and just like the Beast from the East last year, we need to stay prepared when it comes to colder weather fronts during Spring.

Boilers, just as they are one of the most important appliances in the home, also have the capability of being one of the most unreliable appliances too! That’s why it’s so important that you stay on top of things to make sure they’re working all year round rather than waiting in the cold when there’s a problem.  While we know that some issues are unavoidable, there are actions that you can take to prepare your boiler.

We’ve put together some handy tips to spring clean your boiler and make sure you’re prepared come rain or shine. Here’s how you can spring-clean your boiler and ensure you’re prepared for any weather.

  1. Look at and listen to your boiler

You’ll usually find your boiler tucked away in a cupboard somewhere if you haven’t seen it yet – it’s a good chance to find it and find out all you can about how it operates.  It’s important to check your boiler from time to time to see if there are any marks, scratches or cracks anywhere or if they are making any strange noises i.e. banging.

Boiler with 2 switchesIf you do notice any of the warning signs from above, read through the manual to see if there is any indication on what you should expect from your boiler and to find out if there is anything you can do.  Most boiler manuals usually have a frequently asked questions/troubleshooting page which will give you further information on any hints and tips for the expected common issues.

If you cannot find the advice you need in the manual or you are unsure of what to do, we recommend that you get professional advice and/or contact a heating engineer.

 

 

  1. Check other parts of the heating system

Your boiler is just one of many parts of your central heating.  When checking your boiler, it’s usually a good idea that you check the rest of the heating system, such as your radiators and surrounding

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pipes as well.  Sometimes, if there has been an adjustment to your boiler, such as water pressure, you may need to bleed your radiators to ensure your heating is up and running smoothly.

An inexpensive way to avoid pipe damage is to insulate them.  Most DIY shops provide the materials you’ll need to ensure that your pipes are protected in the cold weather.  If not, your pipes can run the risk of freezing and expanding in cold weather causing pipes to crack or even burst and flood your home.

 

  1. Get your boiler serviced

Regular servicing should always be done to ensure that your boiler is safe, running efficiently and isn’t going to break down when you need it most.

The spring is always a great time to service your boiler as it’s just after winter, which is usually when you will have had it working its hardest to heat your home.

During an inspection, an engineer will inspect your boiler, identify any issues you may have, carry out a safety check and let you know if you need to take any action.

 

 

There are plenty of other methods you can take to ensure that you are boiler secure during the winter months, however, we would always recommend that you contact an engineer or your local boiler repair service if you believe you are having issues. If you do have any queries or would like further advice, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Service Team on 0330 0414 902 or email them at customerservice@nabuhenergy.co.uk