It is understandable that home owners and business managers may become less concerned about the functioning of their boiler once the weather begins to get warm. If you are lucky to have good weather over the summer months, you might not have to use the boiler much at all, which is good news because it means you will be saving money. However, it might be a mistake to completely ignore the boiler during the summer as this could lead to problems once the cold weather returns. Here are 3 reasons why you should look after your boiler in the summer:
Prevent Dust from Gathering in the System
It is recommended that you run your boiler at least once a month during the summer. This is important because if you leave the system idle for longer than this, it allows dust to accumulate. Such grit and dust can come from a number of sources including corrosion in the pipes. If this dust is given the chance to gather, it can then cause a blockage or interfere with the normal functioning of the pump. Set up a schedule for running your boiler using a reminder system so that you don’t forget or alternatively use the system’s timer if one is available.
Radiator Valves Can Become Jammed if Left Closed for Too Long
It is also recommended that you open your thermostatic radiator valves (TRV) during the summer months. The problem is that the packing inside the valve can become stuck if it is left for too long. This means that when you try to open the valve it might not work. These radiator valves can remain functional for up to six months after being closed, but it is best not to take any chances.
Summer is the Best Time to Fix Problems
If there is any type of problem with your boiler, it will be much better for you to get this remedied while it is warm outside. During the summer months you will not be relying on the boiler as much, so this means getting it repaired should not prove to be too much of an inconvenience. If your boiler breaks down in the middle of winter, it could mean real problems for you and your family, or for your business, so you’ll want to avoid this if at all possible.
Another reason why it can be such a good idea to fix these problems during the summer month is that engineers tend to be less busy, and can respond to calls sooner. If your boiler is due to be serviced, it is also good to schedule this for the summer months.
So these are just three reasons for why you should devote a little time to taking care of your boiler over the summer. If you look after your boiler, your boiler will look after you. It is recommended that you engage in the following maintenance tasks at this time of year:
• If your boiler is older than 10 years, now would be a good time to have it replaced.
• Turn on the boiler at least once a month over the summer.
• If there have been any concerns about your boiler, you should get an engineer to check the system now.
• Arrange for an engineer to come and service your boiler.
• Open the thermostatic radiator valve.
The summer is also a good time to reflect on your boiler use, and to make some plans for how you can be more energy-efficient during the winter months.
So if you want an experienced and qualified engineer to take a look at your boiler, call Surab today. We provide a quality and reliable service and can carry out any necessary maintenance work on your system. For more information on our services contact us via our online form.