Fingers crossed, we don’t need our central heating during the summer months. The heating goes on and we just need access to hot water. This makes it the perfect time to service your boiler, drain the system to clean it or even install new radiators. Here are some helpful hints for looking after your boiler this summer:
These boilers will often have a summer setting which you would turn on when you only want to receive hot water. There is no water storage with these boilers and the hot water is instant, meaning you only use what you need to. There is a temperature gauge for the hot water which you can also turn down as the mains cold water will have warmed up. This will provide you with a pleasant mix of both hot and cold water. This is also great for having slightly cooler showers and baths during the summer. Occasionally check the pressure on the gauge to make sure all is as it should be and it’s also advisable to turn the heating on a couple of times during the summer, just to prevent leaving the system dormant for too long. This is also a good time to clean out the system. If you don’t know how to do this, call a professional. For Gloucester Boiler Servicing, visit http://www.hprservicesltd.com/gloucester-boilers/boiler-servicing-gloucester/
Summer provides the ideal opportunity to install any new radiators you might have had your eye on. Whether you want to make a design statement with a column radiator, heated towel rails or any other style of designer radiators, while the system is not in use is a good time to do it. Shut off valves and remove the radiator you want to change, always ensuring you have rid any air from the system that you might have introduced. If you’re not replacing but simply carrying out some maintenance, the summer time is ideal. Perhaps you’re considering upgrading your system with thermostatic valves and room thermostats? This is a great idea to increase efficiency and save you money when you need the heating during the winter.
These work by indirectly heating the hot water so the boiler will continue to come on when you require hot water. The important components to check include the motorised valves and cylinder thermostat. Having an immersion heater as part of your cylinder means you can use this to heat your water when the boiler is off but it’s not very efficient and uses up a lot of energy. The warmer months are a good time for heading up into the loft to inspect the feed and expansion tank, along with the cold-water storage. You should check the that the ball valves are turning off and not flowing into the overflow. Lagging your tanks is advised as well to help your cylinder heat up water more efficiently.