5 simple boiler maintenance tips

It’s easy to forget how essential our boilers are to our overall comfort. But they really are vital if we want to enjoy hot water and piping hot radiators. So when a problem occurs, it’s usually not only inconvenient but also comes with a hefty surprise bill too. But it doesn’t have to be this way if you look after your boiler. toasti has created our top-five boiler maintenance tips, so you never have to worry about your boiler breaking down again. 

Top 5 boiler maintenance tips

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then your boiler is the hypothalamus – that small region of your brain that regulates temperature. Although, for the most part, your boiler quietly goes about its business, when a problem occurs you soon come to appreciate its importance. But if you follow our boiler maintenance checklist, you can keep your boiler firing on all cylinders all year round without any problems. 

1. Service your boiler annually

One of the easiest ways to keep your boiler running trouble-free is to arrange an annual service. When you arrange a toasti boiler service, either as a new customer or through one of our great value boiler cover plans, your engineer will undertake a series of visual checks to ensure your boiler is working correctly and identify any problems. Any minor issues are dealt with before they become big, expensive ones.

2. Cleaning your boiler regularly

You might not think it but a build-up of dust and dirt can be seriously detrimental to the performance and, more importantly, the safety of your boiler. This isn’t really something you should attempt yourself – it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Thankfully, as part of a toasti boiler service, your engineer will remove the boiler casing to look at its components, check that everything is operating safely, and clean the components inside.

3. Check your boiler’s pressure

How well your boiler performs is determined to a large degree by its pressure. Typically, your boiler will lose pressure over time and this will naturally lower its efficiency. All you need to do is check the pressure regularly, depending on the make and model of your boiler. If the pressure drops too low, certainly below 1 Bar on most domestic boilers, it’s time to top it up. Consult your boiler’s instructions to find out how to do this.

4. Bleed your radiators

It might seem counterintuitive to tinker with your radiators to make your boiler run more smoothly but if your radiators aren’t working properly, then your boiler has to work much harder to compensate. Bleeding your radiators is a simple task that you can carry out yourself, with the help of a bleed valve and a cloth, to release any trapped air that might be preventing your radiators from heating up as they should. 

5. De-clutter the space around your boiler

Do you work well in a cluttered workspace? Boilers don’t either. They need to be kept well-ventilated to ensure they perform at their best. That means keeping the immediate vicinity around your boiler completely decluttered. This is something really quick and easy you can do to keep your boiler in peak condition. Your toasti engineer can give you further advice, if you’re not sure how well-ventilated you’re keeping the area. 
For more information about our services, including boiler servicing and boiler cover, please contact us on 0161 537 4068 or email info@toastihome.co.uk.