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    Will Your Gas Boiler Keep You Warm This Winter

    You gas boiler is a very important part of your home that for some reason gets overlooked until it breaks down. 

    The gas boiler supplies all the hot water for your bathrooms, showers and the kitchen sink. 

    We all rely on the hot water, without it we panic because it is something we take for granted and assume it will always be available.

    The gas boiler also keeps us warm in the colder months, it heats the radiators in all of the rooms around your home. 

    It’s such an important appliance that without it, it’s like going back in time. 

    So why do most of simply ignore it until it goes wrong? 

    In the united Kingdom around 90% of gas boilers never have any form of maintenance, that is until it stops working.

    As we approach the colder part of the year, its a good idea to call in your local gas safe boiler engineer to give your boiler a once over.

    Just to make sure everything is working as it should, and should something need to be repaired or replace, it can be fixed.

    Most of us drive a car either to and from to work, even just for pleasure.

    We all know that you need to look after the car otherwise it stops. 

    The oil and water needs to be checked regular and occasionally the oil changed with a service. 

    So why do we forget about our gas boiler?

    Her are a few tips on keeping your gas boiler working.

    The most important of all keeping your family warm with plenty of hot water.

    First, if you have noticed anything different about the way your boiler is working then you need to investigate. 

    It may be a strange noise that was not there before, or you may have noticed your fuel bills have gone up. 

    You may have noticed a small amount of water discharge on the outside pipe. 

    Even a small leak that seems to be coming from the bottom of the boiler. 

    If this is the case then you should call in your local boiler engineer.

    Next, if you have a combination boiler make sure the pressure is correct.

    You should have a small round gauge on the front of the boiler, some have a digital display. 

    When the boiler is cold the pressure should read around 1 to 2 bar. 

    If your reading is below this then you need to top up the pressure. 

    The ideal setting is 1.2 Bar. 

    The same applies if you have a system boiler (pressurised).

    If you notice that the pressure is very high when the gas boiler is working, then you should switch the boiler off and let it cool down. 

    Once cold, check the pressure gauge and take a reading. You are looking for around 1 Bar. 

    If the reading is below this, then you may have a problem with the expansion vessel. 

    If the pressure is still high then you need to release some of the pressure to bring it down. 

    Otherwise you could ruin the expansion vessel.

    Most gas boilers work with water circulating through them, the water is heated up and sent to all the radiators via a circulating pump.

    But what happens overtime is the water inside the boiler and the system starts to turn to sludge. 

    You may have noticed that when you vent a radiator the water comes out black. 

    This means the system is corroding inside. 

    The water needs to be kept clean otherwise things will go wrong, this can mean the boiler breaking down, even a pinhole in a radiator.

    To stop the gas boiler water from turning to sludge. 

    The system needs an inhibitor added to the water, but first the system needs to be cleaned out to remove any sludge. 

    Once the system is clean then the inhibitor can be added. 

    The water should be checked every year to see if the inhibitor needs to be topped up. 

    When the water inside the heating system starts to form sludge your fuel bills start to rise. 

    This is because the gas boiler has to work harder to heat the water, so uses more gas. 

    This also applies to the circulating pump. 

    The impeller gets blocked with sludge and the water still moves, but at a lot slower speed.

    The advise I can give is, have your gas boiler serviced each year. 

    If you don’t have a local boiler engineer, then go to the gas safe register online.

    Enter your postal code, and you will get 3 local registered boiler engineers details. 

    The condensing boilers that we have these days, need so much more looking after than the older style.

    Don’t be left in the cold, have you gas boiler serviced.

    Keep warm with plenty of hot water this winter. 

    If left unserviced you could end up with a big bill to repair, or even having to replace your gas boiler.