Plumbing Heating DIY Tips
A lot of repairs can be completed by yourself, if you are trying to save money or feel confident enough why not try. (This does not apply to gas appliances as it contravenes the law) all work carried out on Gas Appliances must be by a Gas Safe Registered Engineers.
Checking boiler pressure
If you have a Combination boiler checking your water pressure is easy and vital part of your boiler maintenance. If you do not keep your boiler pressure at a good safe level you will risk damaging major components inside your boiler.
Checking the pressure is simple if you look on the front of your boiler you will find either a numbered gauge or a coloured gauge, if you have the first option you will need to make sure the pressure is kept at around 1.5bar.
If it's the second option simply ensure your boiler is kept in the green zone. If you find that your boiler is under pressure you will need to fill the system up to the required level. To do this simply look for a filling loop, about 65% of boilers have an external filing loop. Simply open the valve until you are in the green zone or at 1.5 bar. If you are having problems with this feel free to give us a call.
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A question we are often asked is, how often should we top it up?
On average we believe twice a year is about average, if you have to top up your heating system more often than that, you may have a leak on the system and it will require investigating
No heat or hot water remedies
if you have a sealed system or open system, the first thing is to check the water level, as specified above check to see your water pressure, if on the other hand you have a open system it may be wise to check your f and e tank, this is an small water tank normally located in a loft or at high level.
Simply lift the lid and check that the ball valve inside is allowing water into the tank. If this still does not repair your problem, we suggest contacting us.
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