Why switch on your boiler when the sun is shining bright and the weather is warm around? Obviously, you will never like to feel that terribly hot in summer, which is also bringing you higher figures on your energy bills. But still, is it good to keep your boiler idle for so long?
The answer is No. This long period of dormancy will definitely affect its efficiency.
Not to forget, what we have learned in our school days – temperature change has an influence on the metal components. So it should be the same with the metal components of your boiler-it expands with the rise in temperature. Whereas, the sudden fall of temperature puts them into an immerse pressure to shrink, which might result in breakages in your boiler. Even this temperature change can make the pumps and valves of your boiler seize up, and hamper its normal functioning.
So even if you are sure that your boiler is working all perfect, this winter, your boiler might go wrong when you again want to switch it on the coming autumn.
Now, what can be the right thing to do?
Not to keep your boiler operating on a stretch for long, but better, switch it on at regular intervals, say for 15 minutes, at least once a month. This will help you to quickly point out any defects, you have in your heating system
Now, summer is the time, you don’t need heating. But even though, you should not forget about your furnace, this time of the year. Rather, you should get your furnace to operate at regular intervals at least for a few minutes until the radiator turns warm. Doing this will help you to find out if there are any leakages or defects in the system.
Particularly, if you are using a non-condensing old boiler with a continuously burning pilot light, there’s no point keeping it running throughout the summer. This pilot light kept igniting for a long time adds up to your power bills. So better turn it off.
But what if you don’t require that hot water supply for your shower?
Whether you want to keep your boiler switched off during the summer months or not, mainly depends on what purpose you might be using it for. Even if you don’t need heating during these months, you must be needing a hot water supply. Now, if you have an alternative source of hot water at your home, that can solve the problem. For your bath, you can use electric showers.
Again, if you are using appliances like a washing machine and dishwasher, you might be wondering how this cold water will affect them. But if it’s a cold-fill new appliance you are using, the water in it will get heated directly from the mains with the help of electricity. Or if its’ a hot fill appliance, it is also capable of heating up that water to a usable temperature. So out here, you can very well go without using your boiler. But coming down to your faucets, you will get only cold water running through them if you are not turning on your boiler. So you can make use of the kettle to boil that cold water, before using it.
Summertime is the best time to turn off your boilers and save money on your heating bills. But if you are keeping it inactive for months, that can damage your boiler. So, do take care that saving money during the summer months doesn’t result in any boiler breakdown costs when it’s autumn.
Turning your boiler on every now and then, maybe once a week, or at least once a month can do the right job. You can easily find out if there are any defects in your boiler, and get that slotted out. As summer is the only time you can switch off your heating and save some money on it, you should also rest assured that you have it all ready for the cold.
What if you are going on holiday in the summer?
While you are going for a long break during the hot season, there’s no need to keep your boiler turned on and add to your heating bills. But if it’s the winter season, switching off your boiler for a certain time can bring you a big hassle. The water in the pipes might freeze and expand, causing breakages and eventually water leakages. So even if you are going out of your place for a short time, you need to set the thermostat temperature right(i.e. at 65 degrees Fahrenheit) without putting the boiler off.
But that might not be the case during the summer. Keeping your boiler off at this time, will not freeze the pipes or hamper your comfort level. However, if it is for an extended period of a few months, you might find complications in your boiler if you again want to turn it on.
Now, if its’ a Combi boiler, there is no need to completely switch it off, but to keep it in a “Standby Mode”.Setting the thermostat at 78 degrees or a little bit more than that can help you get a cooler temperature. However, do keep in mind, that you are not turning the room temperature too low, as it might ignite the heating system.
In these boilers, you can get the Winter Mode and the Summer Mode, which you can select as per the season. Putting your Combi boiler on in its “Summer Mode” can result in lesser fuel expenditure. Out here, you only get the supply of hot water a couple of times a day, but completely no heating. So, no need to put on an alternative source of hot water, in such an instance. Condensing Combi boilers are thus more energy-efficient than non-condensing boilers, as they eat up much less or just no fuel to be on the “Standby Mode” throughout the summer. So if you have a non-condensing boiler in your home, it’s the best time to get it replaced with a condensing Combi boiler to save money in the long run.
Better contact a reliable gas engineer from F.A.S Plumbing & Heating Ltd. to get the best quotes for your new Combi Boiler Installation. Even if you are looking for any boiler repairing or servicing, we are available 24/7.