How to Keep Your Central Heating in Good Condition

With this in mind, it’s absolutely imperative that you take proactive steps to safeguard this investment, primarily by maintaining the wellbeing of your boiler and the heating system that has been installed in your home. 

In this post, we’ll provide three tips to help you achieve this goal and extend the lifespan of your boiler. 

1. Keep an Eye on your Boiler Pressure 

Let’s start with one of the easiest measures you can take, as your boiler’s pressure level is constantly displayed on the front of the unit whenever it’s switched on. 

As a general rule, the pressure in your boiler should hover between 1 and 1.5-bar, particularly when the heating system is cool. If it exceeds the upper end of this range, the system is likely to be over-pressurised and this can have a detrimental impact on the performance of your boiler. 

This also means that water is being lost from the system, and this may be indicative of additional faults that require urgent attention. 

2. Check Your Radiators 

If water is being lost within your heating system, this could be caused in part by pockets of trapped air in individual radiators. 

This is a common problem and one that’s easy to resolve, as you can effectively bleed your radiators by turning the pressure valves and releasing any air trapped in the system. 

In addition to reviewing the boiler’s pressure, you can also identify this issue by checking your radiators for cold spots on a regular basis. 

3. Keep the Heat Flowing with Pipe Lagging 

During the colder months, the significant drop in temperature can cause the pipes in your heating system to freeze. 

This can have a detrimental impact on the performance of your heating system, but one way to resolve this issue is by having pipe lagging installed. 

This affords your pipework potentially years of protection, by proactively minimising the risk of individual pipes freezing and bursting during the cold, harsh winter months. 

The Importance of Liaising with Accredited Engineers 

Whilst there are numerous things that you can do to maintain your boiler, you should also liaise with accredited engineers to service the heating system on an annual basis. 

If you live in York and surrounding areas such as Tadcaster and Wetherby, you can rely on Armstrong Plumbing & Heating to manage all of your boiler needs. We’re Gas Safe and OFTEC registered to work with gas and oil boilers alike, whilst our accreditation even extends to LPG projects. 

To learn more about us and the services that we provide, give us a call today on 07834 168464 or 01904 373075. Or, shoot us an email to and we’ll respond just as soon as we can.