Boiler services matter
Do you take your boiler for granted? You shouldn’t! Boilers work hard! They keep you warm when the weather turns cold. They ensure you can have a hot bath or shower when you need one.
‘Uncared For Boiler’ Hazards
A faulty boiler can cause non-fire-related carbon monoxide poisoning which is a great reason to get your boiler regularly serviced!
On the home front, a faulty boiler could mean water damage affecting the home, not to mention the fact that an unheated home in winter is hardly homely! Another fact to keep in mind on the home front is the fact that most boiler warranties and insurance policies require proof of regular servicing to remain valid.
Where your wallet is concerned, regular boiler servicing ensures your boiler operates at optimum efficiency, and a boiler operating at optimum efficiency is a boiler operating at optimal costs. The heating your boiler provides requires energy consumption, and energy consumption is not cheap. When you consider that a 2018 government report stated that 2.4 million households are in fuel poverty, and extrapolate that position to today, where fuel costs are set to rise to ominously high levels, you may feel a cold shiver that’s unrelated to temperature. Fuel costs are set to become of calamitous relevance in the near future. If you don’t want to waste money on heating bills, then it is imperative that you have your boiler regularly serviced.
Bothersome boiler issues that regular servicing can identify and deal with
If you don’t maintain your boiler you will be impacting its shelf life. Good-quality boilers generally last for fifteen to twenty years with proper care. Without proper care, boiler components could exhibit problems.
Thermostat issues can have a dastardly effect on temperature control of your boiler and this, in turn, is either going to result in exorbitant heating costs or lack of heating.
Other things that can start playing up if they are not regularly serviced are the pilot lights and electronic igniters. If these don’t work properly then firing the main burner is jeopardised. Let’s face it. Without a spark there can be no heat!
Boilers are prone to suffering limescale and mineral deposits, due to the fact they use water and produce vapour. If not regularly seen to these deposits block water flow and can cause ‘kettling’, which is when pressure can build up in a dangerous way.
Water leaks can occur as connections age, and when cracks and loose joints develop due to usage.
The pressure relief valve may begin to leak if not regularly checked.
The circulator pump needs regular checking to ensure it is able to pump water around your house. The plumber servicing your boiler can easily spot leaks around joints and flanges that may warn that the circulator pump is failing. Better to replace the circulator pump than have to replace the whole boiler.
Other ways to combat exorbitant energy bills
There are a number of other ways you can keep your boiler’s fuel consumption down. Control your boiler’s thermostat, for one. Controlling the level of temperature and the periods of time when your boiler is set to operate can impact on energy usage. According to The Centre for Sustainable Energy you should set your boiler to turn heating on at a lower temperature for thirty minutes before you wake in the morning.
Ensuring that your home is well insulated, taking action to limit heat loss from draughts, and making sure that radiators are not hemmed in by furniture and the like, are all effective ways to keep your bills down.
There are a variety of other lifestyle or habit changes you can make, like wrapping yourself in a blanket when it’s cold, rather than turning on the heating, switching appliances off when they are not in use, unplugging chargers if they are not charging a device and so on.
Yet, all these ways to keep energy costs down are small fry when compared to the advantages of regular servicing of your boiler.
Let M P Plumbing take care of your boiler
- Regular boiler services keep you and yours safe.
- Regular boiler services keep the bricks and mortar you call home, homely.
- Regular boiler services catch problems before they become dangerous malfunctions or breakdowns.
- Regular boiler services ensure you replace components rather than the whole boiler.
- Regular boiler services ensure the boiler is working well, which saves you money on energy bills.
The bottom line is that servicing your boiler regularly, preferably annually, is a jolly good idea, and when it comes to getting your boiler regularly serviced, M P Plumbing are the plumbers for you! We give it our expert attention to ensure it gives you its optimum performance. MP Plumbing in Bristol offers boiler repairs, installation, servicing, and maintenance. All our plumbers are Gas Safe registered engineers. When one of our plumbers checks your boiler, you can be sure that a strict protocol of checks is rigorously applied. We will identify problems as they emerge and deal with them before they become big, and very expensive, issues. We will ensure you aren’t paying for wasted heat. Contact us today.