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Gas boiler maintenance

Look after your boiler and it'll look after you. Try the following top tips to keep your home's heating healthy.

But remember, central heating troubles can be tricky to solve, so if you ever get problems with your boiler it's always best to call in a Gas Safe Register approved heating engineer to fix the problem safely.

And if you ever suspect a gas leak, contact the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999.

• Run your heating regularly
Run your heating at least once a month, even in summer, to keep it running efficiently and clear the boiler pump of any grit that gathers when it's not in use.

• Service your boiler
Do get your boiler checked once a year by a Gas Safe Registered engineer to ensure that it's running smoothly and safely.

• Fit a detector
Do fit a carbon monoxide detector to warn you if there's a leak. If a leak occurs call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999.

• Avoid blockages
Don't ever cover your gas boiler or block the air vents. Make sure the outside flues aren't blocked.

• Get a CP12 Certificate
If you're renting your home, it's your landlord's responsibility to get all gas appliances, including the boiler, inspected every year. By law they must also provide you with a copy of the CP12 Gas Safety Certificate.


Boiler maintenance guide

Winter can be a demanding time for your condensing boiler, and in the particularly cold winter of 2012-13 a record number of households reported burst pipes and broken down boilers.

However, there are lots of boiler maintenance tips that you can follow to make sure you don't end up with a nasty bill for calling someone out to fix a broken boiler. After all, even a cheap boiler could cost around £1,000, so it's better to be safe than sorry.

What could go wrong with my condensing boiler?
Condensing boilers are the most common type of new boiler. The good news is that condensing boilers are 10-20% more efficient than regular boilers. The bad news, however, is that the system is more likely to freeze up in cold temperatures.

If the temperature outside is below freezing and your condensing boiler isn't working, or it's displaying an error, then your condensate pipe could be frozen.

How to stop your condensing boiler from freezing
Gas boiler repair can be costly, so avoiding a frozen boiler is priority. According to the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) "setting the heating timer/room thermostat to continuous is one way to prevent the condensate pipe from freezing up."

The most energy efficient way to do this is to leave your heating on low constantly.

How to thaw a frozen pipe on a condensing boiler
The best thing to do is to place a hot water bottle on the pipe, or pour warm water on it and then reset your thermostat.

What happens if it keeps freezing?

You could think about having the pipe moved to somewhere internal.

You could also have your pipe replaced with one of a wider diameter.

Try installing insulation around the pipe.

Keep your boiler checked and maintained.

Boilers often break down in winter, and there couldn't be a worse time to be living in a cold house with no hot water.

It's a good idea to sign up for boiler cover - that way you have protection if something goes wrong, and with The Warmer Group, you even get an annual service for your boiler included in the cost.

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Many thanks to yourself Aisha and Russel for the advice and guidance with this installation.

Could not of asked for a better service, clean and tidy install. Efficient workmen and...

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