Boiler maintenance and repairs seem to be a much more frequent job for our team of London plumbers in the winter than the summer months, but good maintenance during the warmer weather can prevent issues arising later in the year. We’re thankful for the recent sunshine for many reasons; bright mornings, outdoor lunches, barbecues, evenings in beer gardens and weekends in the park, and not least a welcome break from hefty central heating bills. However, just like most of us, boilers often struggle getting back to work after an extensive length of time off. To avoid costly problems in the autumn, here are a few things to think about regarding using your boiler during the summer.
Identify the Type of Boiler
The type of boiler you have will determine whether or not you need to turn the central heating on during the summer months, and if so, how often. A combi boiler will heat water on demand when required for bathing or washing pots, so you won’t need to set a timer for the boiler to heat up at all, whereas you will still need to do this if your boiler is an older model. However, if you have an electric shower, this can heat the water itself, in which case the boiler will likely only need to be on for a minimal amount of time to heat water for the kitchen and bathroom taps.
What do you need it for?
If you don’t have a combi boiler and you need to use the bath, you’ll need to turn your boiler on in order to heat enough water for this, as well as for smaller amounts such as washing up. It may be the case that even in the warmer weather some of your rooms still need heating, particularly if you need the radiators to dry towels and other things; in this situation you can turn the heating on a little just for however long this will take, and turn the radiators in other rooms off so that they don’t heat.
Give it an occasional run
If you do have a combi boiler and/or electric shower, you may well be able get away without turning your heating on at all over the summer, which is a great way to save energy and money. However, to prevent the system becoming a little rusty when the cold weather returns, it’s a good idea to turn the central heating on just for a few minutes roughly once a month to ensure it remains in good working order.