The Summer is upon us! It’s a great feeling not being reliant on your boiler for heat during the warmer months, but there are a few things to consider during this time and our experts, here at Advanced Heat Solutions, have come up with their most helpful advice on how to care for your boiler this summer…
- The best thing you can do for your boiler during the warmer months is to keep your central heating system running. This keeps the pumps & valves moving throughout the summer, as opposed to seizing up due to inactivity. This could save you a lot of money and stress once the cold weather hits in the autumn and you find yourself with a boiler that isn’t working when you really need it.
- Turning your heating on for as little as 5 minutes, once a week or every couple of weeks, is enough time to get the right parts moving and help keep your boiler running as it should.
- Depending on the type of boiler you have, if your heating system has a thermostat, it is recommended to leave it on constant, with your room thermostat turned down to 10 degrees. This will ensure your home doesn’t get too cold should we have an unexpected period of cold weather.
- Leave your radiator valves open. Thermostatic radiator valves can get stuck if left shut for months at a time, meaning your radiator may not work when you come to use it in the colder months.
- If you decide to turn your boiler off for an extended period, we would recommend that you turn it back on for a short time, every few weeks, in order to prevent internal workings from seizing through lack of use.
- It’s a good time to have your boiler serviced towards the end of summer. At around August/September time, before the autumn, we recommend an annual service to ensure your boiler is prepared for the cold weather ahead, whilst also taking the opportunity of a quieter period for our gas engineers, before the weather turns and heating problems become more urgent.