How Old Is Your Boiler?

Spring cleaning time means only thing: a big overhaul of everything you’ve thrown in the cupboard by the bathroom since last year. And while you’ll soon be heading to a local charity or vintage shop to get rid of those summer shorts you’ll never wear again, some old towels that have seen a better day or those bed sheets that got mixed up in a colour watch. it might be worth your time to actually empty the cupboard and have a look at the big white boiler staring you right in the face that has been crying out for attention.

In September 2015, British Gas carried out 336,182 annual boiler service visits. Throughout autumn and winter, that number only got bigger, and so did the price tag along with it. While we’re known to bestow the virtues of all that is old and glorious, having a “vintage” boiler in your house may not be the best idea. With it being Spring though, we thought it would be a great idea to fill you in on some of the best tips out there for giving your boiler a good spring clean too. You don’t need to be a certified expert or know exactly what Baxi boiler parts are supposed to look like; but by being savvy and thinking in a thrifty vintage way you can save time and a lot of money from having to deal with a broken down boiler later in the year. You can find a number of great boiler parts suppliers online which can also help in the long run if you are looking for anything like the TYJ6202-01B Simmerstat.

Top Tip No. 1: Know Your Boiler Name

If you’re reading this at home right now in the living room, ask everyone else there to name the type of boiler you have in the cupboard. If someone can get ir right, reward them with a fresh cup of tea and an extra Hobnob. If they look at you completely perplexed, then it is their turn to make you a cup. It’s surprising that most people don’t know the type of boiler they have in the same way they can easily tell you the type of TV, toaster of kettle they have. The most common branded boilers you’ll find in the UK are Worcester, Bosch and Vaillant. These are what most British Gas boilers are made of. Other well known names include Baxi, Ferroli and Glow-worm. If you know the type, it can save you a lot of money from an initial call out from an engineer who would need to know this information when they get to your house.

An illustration of how a Combi boiler works.

Top Tip No. 2: Know Your Boiler Type

CSR: The three letters boilers live by. You’re either a Combi, System or Regular. Combi boilers are the most common and are the go to for doing anything heat related. If you use the same boiler for showering, washing the dishes and heating up radiators then its a Combi you have at home. They’re rectangular shaped and will usually be kept in the kitchen as they simply heat up water as it passed through. System boilers store up hot water in a big tube. They’re commonly about 3 foot tall and are white, tucked away in cupboards out of sight. You would have this boiler if you live in a house where there is a need to have a constant supply of hot water, and different people all need to use the water at the same time. Finally, the Regular boiler is the big blue tank you’ll commonly find in detached homes. A general rule of thumb is that if you live in a old house (in the countryside for example) and need to have a constant supply of water across a number of different rooms, then you need a big tank capable to working continuously. This is exactly what a Regular boiler does as it takes water in from feed tanks in your loft space to keep topped up.

 

Did you know they've been using boilers as far back as Pompeii?

Did you know they’ve been using boilers as far back as Pompeii?

Top Tip No.3: Grab Tupperware

Now if your boiler is in the kitchen and sits quite close to the sink or cooker, the chances are that it will have a few stains and maybe a little grime around the edges. It might be the type of thing you look at when eating at the kitchen table and getting annoyed that you can’t clean it. Only, you can! And all it takes is a duster, sponge, screwdriver and tupperware.

The first thing you need to do is knock off the boiler at the mains to avoid getting yourself in to any nasty accidents. When that’s done and the boiler is cool, have a look and feel around the casing to see where the screws are. Get your plastic container and make sure to place any screws removed right in there. The last thing you want is a half hour spent on the kitchen floor looking for a loose screw. Lift the casing off and give it a good wipe, or if its really bad, a good rinse in the sink. Take a feather dusters and gently go over the inlet and outlet pipes of the system. Let the case dry off before screwing it back in. Then sit back and look at your lovely clean boiler.

 

There you have it. Three big tips to turn yourself in to a boiler expert and, with a little TLC, give an old looking boiler a fresher look.

 

If you are looking for some tips on the installation of the boiler, we usually get our knowledge and take references from joiners Allstar Joinery, a company who have bagged years of experience in the joinery craft. For boiler installation and inforamtion check out Rhino , a reliable company specialising in heating solutions and boiler repair.  We are proud to trade with a companies such as Allstar Joinery and Rhino, who have installed our office with top of the range furniture to help us with our day-to-day activities and jobs. More information here:  http://www.allstarjoinery.com/