The boiler is one of the most necessary appliances in any home, and yet most of us only pay attention to it when something goes wrong. You wake up to find the house a lot colder and there is no hot water available on a chilling February morning. While it may not always be the reason, more often than not, boiler breakdowns are a result of ignorance and negligence on the owner’s part as they end up making mistakes that ultimately lead to the failure. To help Brits avoid and minimise boiler failures in the future, here are the top four, most common mistakes that people often make with their boilers.
Buying a New Boiler Immediately After the Old One Breaks Down
A failing or broken-down boiler could send a lot of people in a state of panic and they end up spending a ton of money on a new boiler when in most cases, all they needed was a repair! A boiler is supposed to last a decade or more, so if your appliance is less than ten years old, do not buy a boiler right away and look to repair it instead. In fact, the product might still even be under warranty as a lot of boilers do come with 8 – 10 years of warranty. In addition to the cost of the boiler itself, you will also have to pay to have the old tank removed and the new one installed, which will further bump the bill up by a few hundred pounds or more, depending on how much work is required to install the new appliance. Therefore, the bottom line is, do not spend thousands of pounds on a new boiler, unless you are absolutely sure that it can’t be repaired.
Not Getting Boiler Cover
In the very beginning, it was mentioned how the owner’s negligence towards boiler maintenance is one of the prime reasons as to why boilers break down in the first place, and not getting boiler cover is definitely part of that negligence. It is the main reason why Brits often make the mistake of buying a new boiler even when their old boiler is perfectly capable of providing them with valuable service for many more years. When the appliance breaks down and the house gets cold, they do not have anyone available to rely on for getting the boiler fixed as soon as possible. By getting a good boiler cover plan right from day one, this issue can be eliminated altogether because companies like Certi provide 24/7 emergency service, 365 days a year.
The above-mentioned company Certi has both premium and affordable home emergency cover plans that not only assist you with your immediate breakdowns, but actually keeps the boiler from failing in the first place by providing free boiler health checks and maintenance on an annual basis from certified engineers. The higher end home emergency cover plan goes much beyond just boiler maintenance and repair by including maintenance and repair facilities for plumbing, drainage and electrical wirings as well, in addition to providing pest control and home security services.
Overworking the Boiler
A good boiler is perfectly capable of making even the coldest days feel like summer inside the house, but the common mistake which people often make is that they forget how much pressure it puts on the machine, not to mention the significantly higher electricity bills generated as a result of overworking the boiler. Keep in mind that for each degree of heat increased on the thermostat, you will be paying about £60 more on electricity bills every year. The government suggests that your thermostat should not be cranked higher than the 21-degree Celsius mark under normal circumstances, but there are those who push it way up and quite literally pay for it. Aside from the electricity bills, the more you make the boiler work, the shorter it will last before the next breakdown.
Not Learning to Read the Basic Signs
To be able to tell if it’s time to top up the pressure or bleed the radiator is something that every homeowner should be able to do, but it isn’t uncommon to see people making the mistake of being ignorant about it. It is quite simple to learn really, so go through the following, so that you can call in the service engineer before the boiler actually breaks down.
- Ideally, the needle should be pointing within the green section, which represents the 1 – 1.5 bar range on the pressure gauge
- When the needle is pointing in the red section and the pressure has gone down below half a bar, the boiler needs to be refilled with water that it has clearly lost
- When the needle is pointing in the red section and the pressure has gone up to 2.75 bars or above, it is time to bleed the radiator to release the excess pressure
A boiler is an appliance, and an important one at that, so just like every other appliance, it needs to be maintained professionally. By avoiding the common mistakes we have just discussed, you will not just be saving money, but you will also be able to avoid or tackle future boiler emergencies quite smoothly.
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