TLC for Your System

TLC for a boiler? It sounds odd, but it’s true. Your boiler is a lot like your car, if you keep it well maintained and look after it properly then it’ll go further and cost you less at the same time.


Prevention is better than cure – and your boiler is no different.

A magnetic filter will sit on the intake pipe into your boiler and will do exactly what it says on the tin – filter the incoming water. As those who live in hard water areas will attest to, and anyone can see an indication of by looking at the heating element in their kettle, household water can contain impurities that may not do you any harm to cook or wash with, but may shorten the lifespan of your boiler. A filter helps to keep these out, and are recommended by a lot of boiler manufacturers and energy companies.

And if some impurities do slip though, or for the little ones that will only begin to build up in your radiators after some time of normal running, there is a water treatment for that. An inhibitor helps to keep anything from depositing itself on the inside of your radiators and wreaking havoc.

Problem Solving

If your previous engineer didn’t take the same precautions and show the same care that he or she should have, then you might have a problem. We all know that if the top of your radiators aren’t as hot as they should be then you need to bleed them, but if it’s the bottom that is the problem you may have a problem with sludge. If it gets really bad, then you may not get any hot water circulation in your radiators at all.

A chemical cleaner can be run through the system that will give that pesky blockage a hit with a mixture that is designed to break down the build up, but leave the metal of your pipes and radiators unscathed. A chemical cleaner is usually a good idea if you have a small amount of build-up to be cleared from the system.

If there is a more significant issue, then a powerflush is the way forward. Particularly if you’re not getting much circulation, the high pressure water along will do its best to blast the blockages away from the inside of the system. If you notice a significant part of the bottom of the radiator isn’t getting warm when you turn your heating on, then a powerflush is probably the option for you.

If the blockage is so bad that a powerflush won’t shift it, then it may be time to replace some of your pipework and/or radiators.

A special treat

Chemical cleaners and chemical inhibitors aren’t the only water treatments that you can get for your system – there are all sorts of different mixes that boast different benefits for your system, including:

  • Boiler noise silencing treatment
  • Anti-freeze treatment
  • Internal and external leak sealing treatments
  • Heat transfer boost treatment – making your system more eco-friendly

We can also look to give your heating and hot water system that extra bit of pizzazz that you’ve been wanting. From anything from flow restricting valves that stop you wasting water until it’s up to the proper temperature to the installation of a heated towel rail in your bathroom so you never have to get out of the shower to a cold towel – we can help let you know what is suitable for your property and how soon we can get started for you.

For some TLC for your central heating system, call (01695) 737328, email or fill out the contact form at the right of the page.