Millions of households crank up the heat at the touch of a dial when temperatures drop outside. But unless the boiler and central heating system is regularly maintained, there’s a greater risk you may be wasting energy – and money – as well as causing costly damage to your system.
If you’ve ever thought that servicing and maintaining your boiler was an unnecessary expense, read on. Our heating experts offer some top tips and explanations that will have you dialling your friendly Gas Safe registered heating engineer or plumber in a jiffy.
A service is just the start
Corrosion is a natural process that happens inside every central heating system as the water that flows around the pipework taking hot water to the radiators reacts with the metal. The corrosion creates a nasty sludge, which, if left to its own devices, will clog up the system. The result? Cold spots and radiators that never seem to get hot, noisy pipework, and damage to the boiler – which will, ultimately, grind to a halt.
The great news is that asking your installer to follow ADEY’s award-winning best practice process after an annual boiler service can keep everything working in tip-top condition. The even better news is that if the system is working more efficiently it will cost you less to run and last for longer.
Improve your heating health
While there is no legal requirement in the UK to have household boilers serviced on an annual basis, it’s just as important as a car’s MOT and the long-term benefits of ongoing heating maintenance outweigh the initial cost of an average boiler service.
During a service, a Gas Safe registered heating installer will check wear and tear of the parts inside the boiler and ensure everything is working safely. But this should be considered ‘first base’ when it comes to staying safe and having a healthy heating system.
If you’ve been in your current home for several years and never had a central heating system ‘flush’ then it’s likely there will be a fair amount of sludge distributed throughout the system. Ask your heating engineer about giving the whole system a thorough clean to clear pipework and radiators of damaging debris.
If your system is left unchecked, corrosion and sludge will build up and damage the boiler and other system parts, quickly reducing its efficiency. In fact, research shows that the presence of just 5kg of sludge within the system, which is not uncommon, reduces radiator heat output by up to 36%.
Likewise, if you’re having a new boiler fitted to existing pipework and radiators, a complete system clean is really important. Without it, your shiny new energy efficient boiler will quickly deteriorate.
For ultimate ongoing system protection after an annual boiler check, ask your Gas Safe registered installer to follow ADEY’s award-winning best practice approach to heating system maintenance; clean, flush, maintain, protect and test.
Save on home heating costs
ADEY estimates savings of up to 15% on individual annual household heating bills where its best practice approach to central heating system maintenance is employed, using effective system cleaning, proven filters and high-quality chemicals. That could amount to a saving of £150–£170 a year for the average three bedroom property.
Independent research also shows that having a MagnaClean installed can reduce system carbon emissions by up to 6%, resulting in a 200-250kg carbon saving year on year. This could equate to saving more than 600,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year, which is equivalent to removing more than 126,000 cars from Britain’s roads.