To make sure your central heating system is running as efficiently as possible there are a few general maintenance suggestions we recommend you carry out which we have listed below. Looking after your Vaillant central heating system on a regular basis will ensure that all the components are in good working order and increase longevity.
- If you are the property owner then it is advisable to get the boiler serviced on a yearly basis, by doing this, in the unlikely event your Vaillant boiler should develop a fault it will be highlighted as soon as possible.
- If you rent your home, your landlord has the responsibility to make sure that all gas appliances comply with the required safety standards and that any gas boilers are checked annually for safety reasons.
- Run the central heating system for at least ten minutes once a month, even during the warmer months when you may not be using your central heating system, as this will reduce the possibility of the circulation pump becoming jammed and will keep the boiler running efficiently.
- Check your radiators regularly and make sure the heat is being distributed evenly, if it is not then they may need bleeding.
- Monitor the boiler pressure – when your boiler is fitted the engineer who installs it should let you know the ideal pressure it should be running at. If this pressure drops on a regular basis you may have a leak and an engineer will need to check the central heating system.
- Don’t have the boiler on too high, if you can keep the temperature on your thermostat as low as possible the boiler will not have to work as hard which will help prolong its life. The higher the temperature, the more effort that is required from the boiler.
It is also important that if you ever smell gas around the boiler, or think that gas may be escaping, then you call the Gas Emergency Freephone Number 0800 111999 and open all doors and windows. If you know how, you should also turn off the gas at your meter. We would also recommend that you install a carbon monoxide alarm which will protect you from any build up that can come in the unlikely event of a boiler fault and also remember to never block any flues or vents.