ImpraGas FAQs[vc_column_text]If you have any questions about gas boilers, plumbing, or a related topic, you’ve come to the right place – scroll down to learn from the experts at ImpraGas![/vc_column_text]
1How often should my boiler be serviced?
Even if you do not lease to other people, it’s still a good idea to get your boiler serviced annually to ensure that it is running efficiently and safely. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry![/vc_column_text]
2How will I know when to replace my boiler?
Here are some signs to look out for – if you notice any of the following things occurring, it may be time to invest in a new boiler for your home:
- Water leaking from your boiler
- Boiler making strange noises (e.g. pops, hisses and knocking sounds)
- Boiler taking a long time to heat up
- Boiler failing to heat up properly
- Temperature fluctuating while boiler is on
Additionally, if your boiler is breaking down on a regular basis, it may be more cost-effective to simply buy a brand new unit than to keep paying for repairs every time something goes wrong![/vc_column_text]
3How long does a boiler service take?
4How can I keep my boiler healthy in between services?
- Use your boiler regularly. To prevent your boiler from seizing up, it’s recommended that you occasionally switch on your heating even during warmer months. No need to leave it on for hours – ten minutes or so every few weeks will be sufficient to ensure that your central heating system is still in prime working condition when winter arrives.
- Keep an eye on the pressure. Air can sometimes get trapped in radiators, and when this happens, it puts a strain on your boiler and reduces the system’s overall energy efficiency. If you notice that the bottom part of your radiator is colder than the top part, there’s a good chance it needs to be bled.
- Keep the area around your boiler clear. Boilers need to be well-ventilated. Try not to clutter the space that houses your boiler with items that could be stored elsewhere.
- Ensure that your pipes are insulated. Pipes can freeze and even burst during very cold periods. It’s important to insulate your boiler’s pipework to prevent this problem from arising.
5How do you bleed a radiator?
- Switch off your heating if you haven’t already done so.
- Place your radiator key in the radiator’s bleed valve (usually found in the top corners).
- Slowly turn the key anticlockwise and listen for a hissing sound.
- Give the air a moment or two to escape from the radiator.
- When water begins to leak out, turn the key clockwise to lock the bleed valve.
Once you’ve finished bleeding your radiators, it’s a good idea to check your boiler’s pressure gauge, as this process may have caused a drop in pressure. If necessary, be sure to top up the pressure as low pressure means reduced efficiency.[/vc_column_text]
6I live in rented accommodation – how can I report a problem with my home’s plumbing/gas?
If your landlord fails to fulfil their duties within a reasonable timeframe, you may have to contact your local council to ensure that your situation is properly dealt with. Some people in these circumstances will decide to take legal action against the landlord; if you choose to make a claim, you may wish to hire a solicitor to guide you through the legal process involved.[/vc_column_text]