Gas boilers are a blessing. They keep your home and business cosy, your hot water flowing, and your life comfortable all year around. However, there’s no guarantee of a trouble-free boiler, and you should always keep an eye on it to ensure it’s running correctly. Here’s a quick run-down of the must-dos to keep your energy bills low and your friends, family, and colleagues gas safe. Southampton, take note!
Gas boilers are energy efficient, but only when they’re running optimally. If you notice a spike in your energy bills, especially over summer, don’t put it down to unscrupulous energy suppliers. You may also notice your radiators are cool at the top or your hot water isn’t as warm as it should be. Your senses are also important, as strange smells could signal a dangerous carbon monoxide leak. Listen for groaning and knocking sounds from your boiler and look for black, sooty residue. Even black marks around the casing can mean trouble. If you notice any of these things, get somebody in to look at your boiler.
Give Your Boiler Space
Gas boilers require a lot of room to ventilate, and blocking these ventilation areas can be hazardous for your boiler. As tempting as it is to use your gas boiler cupboard as a storage space for shoes, coats, and odd bits and pieces, try and avoid it. The consequences can be annoying at best and dangerous at worst.
For all of your DIY skills, there are some things that are too complex and dangerous to be handled by amateurs. When having your boiler installed or serviced, ensure you call upon a Gas Safe registered engineer. Your boiler engineer should carry a registration card emblazoned with a yellow, triangular, Gas Safe Register logo, and you’ll also find them on the Gas Safe Register, which is accessible online. If they’re not on the Gas Safe Register, they’re acting illegally and you’re acting dangerously.
Never Miss an Annual Service
This is the single most important factor when it comes to keeping your home and family safe. Diary up an annual gas boiler maintenance check and keep to it. It’s best to do this during the warmer months to avoid the hassle of having your boiler break down over winter. Gas boiler engineers are usually busy fixing breakdowns over winter, meaning you could find yourself shivering for days. Get your gas boiler checked while the weather is warm and enjoy peace of mind when winter hits. So make sure your “Gas Safe Southampton”.