After early promise of spring weather at Easter, only to descend back into decidedly wintry temperatures, it looks like spring is finally here. That means that the heating can now be turned off and that’s one thing we don’t need to think about until the weather turns cooler again in the autumn. Doesn’t it?
Well, in reality, no: in order to keep our boilers working properly there are a few things that you ought to be doing over the spring and summer to ensure you don’t experience problems when you come to turn the heating back on again in the autumn.
A boiler has several moving parts and allowing them to sit idle for several months could cause them to seize up. Simply switching the heating on for a few minutes once a month will help keep everything moving and working properly.
Chances are you will have turned your thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) down considerably as the weather started to get warmer. While the heating’s off over the summer, turn all the TRVs up to max. This is because the internal pins can potentially stick to the seat of the valve while they’re off which could prevent them from opening back up when the heating is turned on in the autumn. This is much less likely to happen if they’re left in the max position.
Summer really is a good time to get your boiler serviced. It ensures it’s all working properly before you turn it back on for the winter and you’re obviously less reliant on it if it does need any work doing on it.
While you don’t need the heating on for a few months it’s a great time to conduct those maintenance tasks that will increase the lifespan of the boiler. This could include things like bleeding your radiators or adding inhibitor to the system to prevent sludge build up. If you suspect you already have some sludge in there, this would be a good time for a powerflush.
Taking these steps to keep your boiler working well will help you avoid any nasty surprises in the autumn when it turns cooler and you’ll really be grateful you did!
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