Ask any boiler technician and they will tell you: there are twice as many boiler breakdowns in mid-October than in the middle of winter. Why? Because that's when millions of households start using their boilers – often after a long period of low use and even less maintenance.
It is very important, then, to get your boiler serviced before the colder weather sets in – ideally at the end of summer.
Use Gas Safe registered engineers for LPG, and OFTEC registered technicians for oil.
Boiler Maintenance Tips
- Don't cover boiler or obstruct air vents, grilles, outside flues of air bricks.
- Never open the cover. If you think there is a problem with the boiler, call a qualified engineer.
- When cleaning your boiler use a damp cloth and wipe dry.
- To remove marks on the boiler casing rub with petroleum jelly in a circular motion.
- In summertime run the boiler for 15 minutes each month. This will help to prevent the pump becoming clogged and ensure the moving parts continue working properly.
- For gas boilers, place a carbon monoxide detector on the casing to alert you to any leak. You cannot see or smell carbon monoxide. Badly maintained gas boilers are responsible for around 20 deaths a year in the UK, and hundreds of non-fatal incidents.
- Smell gas or think you have a leak? Turn off your gas, open doors and windows and do not switch on any lights or electrical appliances. Go outside and free call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999 immediately. You should keep this number handy.
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