Top Tips for looking After You Heating System In The Summer
Following a visit and chat with one of our clients in Taunton we decided to put together some ‘Top Summer boiler & heating Tips’ to explain how best to look after your boiler and heating system throughout the summer and to help ensure it is reliable and in tip top shape going into winter.
EXERCISE! it’s not only good for you but also for your heating system! Inactivity is one of the biggest causes of boiler breakdowns. How can you reduce the risk of breakdowns? Simply turn on your heating every 2 weeks during the summer, it only has to be on for 5 minuets at the most! This keeps everything on the move, it exercises the fan, pump, valves and keeps the chemical corrosion protection circulating in your system, helping to prevent corrosion of your system and boiler parts..
Do I need to service my boiler?
Now is the time to have your boiler and heating serviced, this will help reduce the risk of boiler & heating breakdowns. An easy way to achieve this, is to take out heating & plumbing cover plans. We offer a variety of cover plans to our members to suit their requirements and homes. There are a number of reasons why the summer is the best time to get your annual boiler service carried out; your heating engineer will not be as busy during the summer compared to the start of winter, it will allow the scheduling of your service to be easy, with shorter waiting times and the ability for engineers to test your boiler thoroughly and rectify any problems, if a part is required that needs ordering, you won’t be worrying about the heating being off for a few days.
Considering a new boiler?
Summer time is the ideal time to replace your boiler, most importantly you will not need to worry about being cold if the system needs to be turned off for a couple of days. You are more likely to get your new boiler installed at a time that is most convenient for you as there is less demand for heating engineers in the summer. Considering a new boiler has never been so easy, many companies now offer flexible finance which takes the stress out of the financial implications of a new boiler. That means you could have that new boiler installed and pay as little as £25.00 per month (subject to finance terms.) You then have the option to choose how much of a deposit you would like to pay, if any and the period that the finance is spread across, some companies even offer up to 10 years should you need it! Modern boilers are known to be more reliable and cheaper to run than older models. Which could save you money when it comes to winter and provide you with peace of mind. It is always better to replace your boiler before you need it, rather than risk a breakdown in the middle of winter, which means you could be suffering with a cold house until it can be replaced. We are pleased to offer our clients an extended warranty of 10 years on all of our Gas boiler installations and 5 years on all of our Oil boiler installations as standard.
Avoid those troublesome radiator valves
Check all of your thermostatic radiator valves are fully open to the MAX whilst you are not using the heating in the summer. The risk of the thermostatic radiator valve getting stuck in the off position is much higher if it is turned down low during the summer. Which could mean your radiators stay cold and will not heat up when you next put the heating on. When a pin on a thermostatic radiator valve gets stuck, it normally requires a whole new thermostatic radiator valve to be installed. This can be an unexpected expense that can often be avoided, it will also ensure that you have peace of mind that your radiators will heat once the cold weather sets back in and you won’t be having to wait for an engineer to attend to resolve this for you during the busiest time of the year.
Going on holiday? leaks don’t just happen during the winter, unless water is needed for pets or watering the garden, why not turn off your stop cock, that will reduce any damage if a leak occurs while you are away, if your pipework or ball valve springs a leak whilst you are away the chances are there will be no one to notice it until your return by then there could be substantial damage.
Simply isolating the supply at your stop cock is a quick and easy way to reduce the risks, leaving you to enjoy your break. Don’t leave finding your stop cock until 5 minutes before walking out the door! Find your stop cock, make sure it works a couple of weeks before going away, if it is to tight to use call your plumber who will be pleased to help.
If you need to leave the water on for a neighbour to water the garden, make sure they know where your water, gas and electricity turns off and who they should call if there is a problem i.e your plumbers telephone number etc.
When is the best time to place your heating oil order?
Did you know that heating oil is usually cheaper when purchased in the summer compared to winter? This is one of the main benefits for ordering your heating oil in the summer, you can usually get it delivered quicker and at a time more suitable to you. It is also a good time to have your tank checked over before filling to make sure it is in good condition and the isolation valve is operating as it should.