Tis the season to keep on top of your heating system

Whether you use a conventional LPG, oil or gas boiler, or a renewable system, to heat your home, it’s important to keep your central heating maintained.

By keeping on top of regular maintenance, you’ll decrease the risk of something breaking, which could land you with a hefty bill. What’s more, we definitely want to steer clear of possible breakdowns, which could be expensive during the Christmas period.

Here are a few tips for how to maintain your central heating system this Christmas.

If you have a boiler

Heating system cleaning

If your central heating system is not running to its full potential, there could be a blockage somewhere. For example, if your radiators have cold spots or if your boiler stops working regularly, this could indicate a need for a system clean.

There are a few cleans available that all of our engineers can perform:

  1. General system clean – This is a deep clean to remove any sludge build-up.
  2. Powerflush – This is similar to the general system clean, but it’s performed at a higher pressure. This is a good option for if your central heating system is very dirty.
  3. MagnaCleanse – This combines a RapidFlush filter and VibraClean agitator to speed the cleaning process up.

By having a heating system clean, you could increase its performance, increase the lifespan of your boiler and reduce the risk of a boiler breakdown. Read more about what Swale Heating can offer here.

Bleeding radiators

If there are any air bubbles in your heating system, you may need to bleed your radiators.

By bleeding your radiators, you can increase the chance of removing any air to allow hot water to circulate through the system again.

What’s more, by removing any trapped air, this could make your central heating system run much more efficiently without having to pay for a boiler repair.

Feel free to read more about bleeding radiators here.

Using timers effectively

By setting timers for when your boiler turns on and off, you are letting your boiler run smoothly and efficiently. What’s more, when the boiler is turned off when you’re not using it, this will both save money on your bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

This will mean that your central heating system is running much more sustainably compared to if it’s running constantly as you won’t be wasting any energy.

Getting your boiler serviced

As always, having an annual boiler service reduces the risk of any major breakdowns and increases the boiler’s lifespan.

Whilst it’s not a legal requirement to have your boiler serviced every year, it is highly recommended. It also might be a requirement to keep your warranty valid, if you have one of course.

Swale Heating offer a range of boiler cover and service plans to suit everybody’s needs and budgets. By signing up to an annual plan, you can rest assured that your boiler is checked thoroughly by a fully qualified Gas Safe engineer.

It can also flag any possible issues that can be quickly and easily rectified before it becomes too serious and expensive. Read about our boiler cover and service plans here.

If you have a renewable heating system

Thankfully, renewable heating systems are incredibly low maintenance, so there isn’t much for you to do.

However, to make sure that your system is running at optimum performance, you can book an annual check with one of our MCS certified engineers.

Below, we have listed the professional checks that our expert engineers will undergo.

For solar PV panels

We will ensure that your PV panels are functioning well and at full efficiency. Electrical safety checks will be performed, and labelling consistency will be checked to ensure that everything is in line with current regulations.

The following parts will be inspected:

  • Inverter system and energy meter/s
  • Isolator switches and breakers
  • Cables and connections

Lastly, any issues found that are covered by the warranty will be rectified.

For ground source heat pumps

Water pumps will be checked and internals spun. All of the electronics will be tested to ensure that they are working well. A visual inspection of all pipes and valves will be taken. A sample of anti-freeze fluid will be tested and the heating fluid will be checked.

What’s more, the system pressure will be checked, alongside a yield performance, to ensure that the renewable system is working at optimal performance.

For air source heat pumps

All valves will be inspected for freedom of movement, including the primary/heating system safety valve. The expansion vessel charge pressure and top up will be checked.

The primary/heating system pressure will be looked over, as well as the heat pump circuit filter, which will be cleaned if necessary. A sample of anti-freeze fluid will also be taken to ensure that it is the right concentration.

The fuse that is fitted onto the electrical supply will be examined to ensure that it is working correctly.

Operation of all motorised valves and thermostats will also be checked, as well as yield performance.

As with boiler systems, it’s advised to have your renewable heating system is checked annually by an MCS registered engineer.

So, whether you have a gas boiler or a renewable system, make sure you keep on top of an annual maintenance to prolong its lifespan.

This way, you can be safe in the knowledge that you won’t get lumbered with a hefty bill over the Christmas holidays when you need your central heating the most.

Rely on us to keep you warm, and Merry Christmas from all of us at Swale Heating.

Information source: *Renewable energy hub