A Guide to Central Heating Maintenance


Your central heating system is obviously an essential component, and in order for it to perform at optimum levels, it does need to be serviced at regular intervals. Seasoned UK homeowners rightly call it preventative maintenance, as boiler repair in Plymouth can be an expensive exercise, and with an annual service, you can be sure that your heating will work as it should. Here is a brief description of a typical boiler service.

  1. Visual Inspection – This is best done while the heating is running, so don’t be surprised of the heating engineer requests that you turn on the heating prior to his arrival. This allows the engineer to inspect the burn, which should be blue in colour, plus he can also check for leaks.
  2. Thermostat – The thermostat will be checked for accuracy, as a faulty thermostat can result in using more fuel than is necessary.
  1. Heat Exchanger – A critical component, the heat exchanger would be tested for optimum performance.
  1. Boiler Seal Inspection – Boilers tend to leak after a few years, mainly due to corrosive joints, and the heating engineer would test all joints for leaks.
  1. Checking the Flue – The flue is a critical component that channels away carbon monoxide gas and is checked to see there are no obstruction and that it is securely attached.

On top of all of the above, the heating engineer would check that all radiators heat up as they should, and if necessary, would also bleed any air out of the system. If you have yet to have your central heating serviced, source a local heating engineer online and make an appointment, and you will be glad that you did.

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