You need to regularly service your boiler to ensure that it is working efficiently and effectively. If you fail to do this, there will be continuous problems, as your boiler will be working extra hard and will need more energy to operate, leading to a higher energy bill.
Most people get a professional boiler repair man to conduct the maintenance, but if you don't have the money or are simply interested in DIY, you may want to do the maintenance yourself. It is important that you know exactly what you are doing; the last thing you want to do is have an accident. Here are some tips
Air vents and flues
If your boiler has air vents or flues that are blocked, the efficiency of the boiler will be severely affected. This is especially true if you have a gas boiler. Dirt can easily gather and accumulate in the flues or vents and cause blockages. This is why they need to be checked frequently and be cleaned out in order to allow the air flow effectively once again.
Water damage and leaks
Every couple of weeks, you need to check that the water level of your boiler is satisfactory. If the water level was too low, this could potentially damage the boiler beyond repair and can also cause an accident that could harm you and your property. Make sure that the pilot light is on when you are checking the water level. If the water level is lower than required, the plumbing will need to be checked in order to identify any faults that are causing this problem. All it may take is a few minor changes and adjustments.
Leaks might occur simply due to the daily use of the boiler and it becoming worn over time. The fuel or gas might start to leak through these valves. This means that certain tweaks and adjustments will need to be made in the system. If any components are damaged or worn out, they will need to be replaced or repaired.
Other maintenance checks
If you live in any area that has a lot of hard water, the boiler will need to be periodically descaled. This lime scale will build up and accumulate over time, leading to damage to the heating capacity of the boiler.
The boiler should be regularly lubricated just like any mechanical system needs to be in order to maintain smooth operation. Pay particular attention to the moving parts that are constantly in motion such as the pumps and fans. You'll want to make sure that you know a company that provides boiler spares so you can replace any parts that may have worn down.