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The household will generally feel a lot
happier knowing that their boiler is being closely monitored on a weekly basis
for any issues that may have cropped up. Healthy boilers are something we all
strive to have, especially when we consider how much we may have to pay out to
get certain parts of a boiler repaired. All that is required is regular
maintenance and this will ensure you boiler is working as efficiently as
possible, safely and cost-effectively.

It is vitally important that your boiler is
provided with regular maintenance and servicing on an annual basis at the hands
of a full qualified and professional engineer. This is also a requirement of
your warranty so it’s very important that you contact the Gas Safe Engineer
when he is required. What many homeowners struggle with however is what to do
in between these services, so what can you do to ensure that your boiler is
running at its most efficiently throughout the year?

Don’t
Touch the Casing

A boiler’s casing should not be moved at
any stage between the annual services and only a Gas Safe registered engineer
is legally qualified to remove your boiler’s casing. It doesn’t matter whether
you believe your boiler may be the source of a problem that has arisen or if
you suspect your boiler is damaged, always get I touch with an expert. It is
important not to go looking or listening for any problems with the casing. If
you decide to do this yourself with gas it can be extremely dangerous and lead
to potential leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Keep
Your Boiler Clean

So it’s important never to remove the
casing but you should still look to keep your boiler as clean as possible with
the freedom you do have to look after it. If you have a boiler that is based in
the kitchen, there is a good chance you might have to clean it now and again.
Likewise, a boiler that is stored somewhere that can get dusty over time may
require the same treatment. All you need to do is take a damp cloth and wipe
the boiler down but make sure the cloth you use is not an abrasive material.
Make sure you don’t use too much water and you let the boiler dry out after you
have cleaned it.

Don’t
Block Your Boiler Up

If your boiler is situated in a cupboard or
small storage compartment, or if you plan to build around your recently
installed boiler, make sure that you get hold of the manufacturers recommended
clearances before doing this so that, when the time comes for your boiler to be
assess, it can be done safely and efficiently. Blockages can occur when too
much dust or dirt has built up around the boiler over the course of a few
months or so, so make sure that the flues, vents and grilles are always cleaned
of any dust.

Article provided by BSW Energy; experts in the supply,
installation and maintenance of boilers and central heating systems in South
East England since 1963.