In the 1996 Euros semi-final, Gareth Southgate took the final penalty for England against Germany. Sadly the pressure got to Southgate and he failed to score. Our boilers can struggle under pressure too and we should regularly check them to make sure they are running as efficiently as possible.
What difference does it make?
Heating represents 60% of energy consumption at home and significant share of the household CO2 footprint. Make sure the water pressure of your heating system is set right, if not it shall require too much energy to reach the targeted temperature!
What do you need?
- A boiler
Step by step
Find where the boiler is. Locate the boiler pressure dial and the tap for allowing more water into the boiler.
Check whether the pressure arrow is within the required range. If it is, that's great. Click through to the end. If not, move to step 3.
If it's too low you can slowly let a little more water in. It usually doesn't get too high, but if it does, you can just go to the nearest radiator and release some water from it. Job done! Take a pic of your updated pressure dial for your goals.
If your home is heated by a shared heating system you won't be able to access the boiler. In this case, click through to step 3 sharing a "no boiler" picture.
Boilers can look confusing if you've never had to adjust one before. Suppliers like British Gas have easy step-by-step instructions to follow. You can also search the model of your boiler online and find the manual.
Don't panic! Your heating system has a safety pressure relief valve that releases excess water. If the problem persists and the pressure won't go down, have it checked by a specialist.
If you're really worried, ask a friend or family member to help. If there is no one around, try calling the company who made your boiler and ask them for help.