With Spring now in full swing, many of us are starting to think about spring cleaning our homes in preparation for those Summer months. But before you reach for the duster to tackle those hard-to-reach cobwebs, have you considered taking a closer look at your boiler?
Having worked continuously throughout winter to keep your home and family warm, Spring is an ideal time to carry out a few routine checks on your boiler. Even if your boiler seems to have been running smoothly without any problems, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any underlying issues waiting to arise.
Rather than putting it off, hoping everything will be okay for next winter and that nothing will go wrong, stay one step ahead and perform some simple must do boiler maintenance!
Look for Leaks
Leaks can occur at any time and not just during warmer months. After a particularly cold winter, it’s not unusual for pipes to freeze and expand, forcing them out of alignment or causing them to split when thawed.
By checking the seals around the boiler, you can get a feel for whether they are still in place and check fittings are still tightly connected. It is also a good idea to keep an eye out for drips as even the smallest leak will need rectifying.
If anything feels loose, out of place or you spot any leaks, seek the help of a professional and book an engineer to take a closer look. Another way to detect leaks is to check the boiler pressure. If it has dropped, there could be a leak in one of the relief valves that may require attention.
Listen for Bubbles
Even the healthiest boilers are known to make some strange noises, especially when heating up your home. However, if you start hearing your boiler make a bubbling sound, it is likely that there is a problem.
Much like washing machines and dishwashers, boilers couple with water meaning that they often develop a build-up of limescale which can cause a number of issues. If you hear any kind of bubbling, get in touch with a boiler engineer to inspect your boiler.
Check for Blockages
If you don’t pay close enough attention to your boiler, you could be facing boiler blockages as well as leaks. A blockage becomes apparent fairly quickly when your central heating is in use, something that isn’t uncommon in early Spring; either you won’t feel any heat at all or the heat you do feel won’t be anywhere near what you’re expecting.
It is absolutely vital that any blockages are located and dealt with quickly in order to avoid causing any damage to your boiler or central heating.
Although it’s a great idea to know what you’re looking for when it comes to checking your boiler, if you aren’t wholly confident with your ability to diagnose issues, SGS regularly perform boiler checks and annual boiler services. We also offer annual boiler cover with the SGS Service Club.