Most of the time, our domestic heating and plumbing systems are taken for granted. It’s easy to overlook the required maintenance and servicing for these appliances but they are potentially dangerous to you and your family when neglected. Regular maintenance and service helps to ensure that your systems and appliances are running safely while avoiding expensive repairs. Here are some standard recommendations to consider.
It is extremely important that all of your heating and plumbing appliances are serviced at least once a year. This will ensure that they are safe as well as operating efficiently and correctly. Regular maintenance from North London Heating and Plumbing can prevent serious damage that could lead to an appliance malfunctioning and producing dangerous fumes or leaks.
Although the annual checkup is the absolute minimum, how often you need service and maintenance will actually depend on the manufacturer’s maintenance and servicing instructions. If you don’t have a copy of this for your appliance, you can usually order one for free from the manufacturer.
Keep in mind that only a qualified and competent engineer should provide your service and maintain your appliances. Here’s a comprehensive list of common heating- and plumbing-related issues and their maintenance recommendations.
Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms
The annual service of your heating appliances is a great reminder to check your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms. To ensure that they are fully functioning, change their batteries and have them checked at least once a year.
Air-Source Heat Pumps
If you have one of these in your household, it is advised that you undergo an annual visual inspection to check that the evaporator and air inlet grill are free of debris. If any plants are growing around these pumps, they will need to be removed.
Ground-Source Heat Pumps
Routine maintenance requirements are very low and there is no need to conduct safety checks. However, it’s important to follow any manufacturer’s maintenance instructions.
Solar Thermal Hot Water System
Maintenance costs are generally lower; however, it is important to check for leaks periodically. This can be performed visually, although you may be able to smell a strong scent of anti-freeze. If you are experiencing a lack of hot water from the solar panel, you’ll need to call an installation specialist right away.
Unvented Hot Water Cylinders
This system provides efficient hot water to larger properties. It is important this cylinder undergo an inspection at least yearly to ensure that it functions properly. If you witness water coming out from a valve, you should call a professional right away even if you’re still receiving hot water through your taps.
Rainwater Gutter System
Sometime after the fall is a good opportunity to ensure that your gutter is free of leaves and debris that could block up your system. If you are experiencing any leaks, you’ll need to contact a professional plumber for a repair.
Regular maintenance of any installed appliance is strongly recommended. Avoiding the necessary maintenance can cause serious damage to your home that will be even more costly and can even endanger your and your family’s lives.