A traditional gas boiler should last anywhere between 10-15 years before it needs to be replaced, but that’s only if it is looked after. If your boiler barely lasts the minimum, we’d highly recommend that you carry on reading the rest of this article. We’ve provided a small list of top tips for our customers across Jarrow and the whole of South Tyneside to extend the lifetime of their boilers. We hope it helps.
Use the central heating during the summer
We all look forward to the summer months because it means we can turn off our central heating and save money on our energy bills, so this first piece of advice might seem strange, but it works – turn on the central heating during the summer. We don’t mean keep it on all day, every day because we very rarely do that even during the winter, so it would seem almost pointless to do it during the summer when it’s hot, but we would recommend turning it on for at least a couple of minutes, maybe once a month.
Why does this help? As the boiler is functioning at a low rate and the central heating is off, grit begins to build up within the boilers pump, slowly increasing over time. If this grit is left to build, it will slowly infiltrate the entire central heating system and cause it to struggle/completely fail when it’s next turned on, resulting in the need for an expensive repair.
Almost all boiler manufacturers and heating engineers recommend a boiler service at least once a year. Why? It’s helpful for spotting issues early on and mitigating them before they become expensive problems further down the line. Boiler servicing is a service that we offer throughout Jarrow and the rest of South Tyneside. There are plenty of additional benefits of boiler servicing, as we’ll cover in next weeks post.
Try not to overuse your boiler during the winter
We understand how tempting it might be to leave the heating on all day, every day during the winter, but rather than do that, we’d recommend to:
- Set the heating to turn on just an hour before you’re due home
- Set a constant temperature that you’re comfortable with and keep it there, instead of turning the thermostat to the max and placing the system into overdrive
Not only will this allow your boiler to last longer, your energy bills will be reduced too!
Recognise the signs of a boiler break
A couple of weeks ago we released an article that outlined the signs of an imminent boiler break. If you missed that article, you can read it by looking here. Recognising the signs of an imminent boiler break is an important aspect in extending the lifetime of your boiler. Have you noticed strange noises or a reduction in water pressure? Report it to a local heating engineer to ensure that the problem can be identified and resolved before it’s too late.
We hope this short life of tips helps your boiler last those few years extra. In the meantime, if you need to book in a boiler service or have any questions regarding your boiler, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are based in Jarrow and cover the whole of South Tyneside. You can call us on 0798 574 2359 or you can fill out the contact form on the contact page of our website. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.