Almost any boiler uses an electronic or mechanical control panel to set the timer. The timer will automatically turn the boiler on and off. Although all boilers are different the basic techniques used to set these boiler timers is basically the same. Take some time to familiarize yourself with your own boiler timer and know exactly how it will work.
Step 1 - Finding Your Control Panel
Modern boilers often have digital control panels which are quite easy to set. However some older systems still use much more confusing mechanical timer control panels.
There are many different types of control panel, each of which works slightly differently. With a little bit of thought you should be able to work out how the control panel works to set the timer.
Step 2 - Reading the Manual
As every single control panel works differently you will need to read the user manual for your unique control panel. This will make it easy to find out exactly how to use your control panel to set the timer properly. If you don't already have the manual for your heater then you will be able to find it on the Internet. The Internet should be home of lots of different manuals for lots of different types of boilers and control panels.
Step 3 - Setting the Clock
Before you can set up the timer, you will need to set the clock on your control panel. This is so that the timer will be able to know which time it should switch on and off. Some modern control panels will automatically set their own time so it's worth checking whether that it the case.
Step 4 - Setting Cycles
You will then need to set up different cycles. The cycles will affect when the boiler fires up. It's possible to control when the boiler fires up to produce hot water and when it fires up to heat radiators.
Normally it will be possible set a number of independent cycles up on different days of the week. This means that you will be able to adjust the time the hot water and heating comes on at the weekend and different times in the week.
Step 5 - Making Adjustments
Once you have finished setting the cycles you will then need to check how they work and adjust them if required. If any changes are required then it's simply a matter of adjusting the times and cycles until everything works perfectly.