Top boiler maintenance tips

Boilers can last for years and years if cared for correctly, but what does this mean? Keep reading to find out our top tips for boiler care. 

Regular servicing

Annual servicing is the biggest and most important suggestion. Servicing your boiler every year keeps it in great shape for the future, as it finds any problems while they’re still small and manageable. This also helps them to run much more efficiently, making them a great investment. 

Switch the heating on regularly

If your boiler is left switched off for a long time (e.g. all summer), it is much more likely for problems to occur. Ideally, you should switch your boiler on for 10 or 15 minutes regularly throughout the summer, to make sure everything internally is still working as it should. 

Check your pressure gauge

Your boiler pressure can dip over time, so make sure you check it regularly to check it is as it should be. The pressure should be at 1 on the gauge- any lower than this and you should top it up using instructions from your boiler manufacturer. If you find it dipping too often your boiler may need repairing. 

Bleed your radiators

If your radiators have cold spots or aren’t heating up as quick as they used to, it may be a good idea to bleed them. This isn’t a sign of a fault within your boiler and it simply helps to keep your system in good shape, without needing a pricey repair. 

Check for warning signs

You should familiarise yourself with common wanting signs suggesting a fault with your boiler. Things such as strange noises, smells, unreliability and low pressure are all common signs that should be looked at. When your boiler needs repairing, call out a gas engineer sooner rather than later- don’t ever wait for it to result in a breakdown. 

Protect your outdoor pipes

In the winter months, your pipes are liable to freeze over. To reduce the risk of this, you should insulate your pipes with pipe lagging or foam found in DIY stores. You should also be aware of how to defrost a frozen pipe if needed. The easiest ways are with a hairdryer or wet towels.

Need your boiler serviced or replaced in Birmingham?

We offer a range of boiler services across Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Solihull, Great Barr and Coventry. For all your home heating needs, come to Carey's Plumbing and Gas Ltd. today. To get in touch, call us on 0121 2889944, fill out the contact form on our website, or email us at We hope to hear from you soon!