As winter approaches, the last thing you want to find is a faulty boiler. That’s why now is the best time to ensure that your boiler is to tackle the cold months ahead.
Below are five easy tips to ensure you and your boiler are winter ready.
1. Test boiler during warmer months: British households tend to switch their central heating on just before winter hits. That’s why it is important to test and check your boiler before this period, in case of any unexpected faults that require repairing. Not undergoing these checks beforehand may result in a broken boiler during the coldest times of the year.
2. Get your boiler checked annually: To ensure your boiler functions as expected, an annual service is essential.
What happens during a boiler service?
During a boiler service, a heating engineer will check the components of the boiler for wear and tear. They will also be able to investigate any deterioration of the heating system and pipes before it causes damage to the boiler.
These services are usually quieter from June to September, so you may receive a shorter wait time and potentially a lower rate to service your boiler. In this ‘off-season’, we may also be able to provide you with a lower quote for a completely new boiler.
Please ensure you to get your boiler service conducted by a Gas Safe registered heating engineer to ensure validation of warranty.
3. Bleed your radiators: If radiators are colder at the top than the bottom, this is usually a sign you need to bleed your radiators to release trapped air bubbles. Air can often get trapped, blocking water from flowing through the system and prevent heat reaching certain areas which can have a damaging effect on the boiler and of course, energy bill. These bubbles prevent hot water from circulating effectively, so radiators aren’t as hot as they should be and take longer to warm your home.
If after you’ve bled your radiators you still experience problems, it may mean the whole system needs a power flush. You will need to employ a Gas Safe registered plumber or heating engineer to perform this.
4. Insulate your pipes: During the colder months, be wary of exposed pipes in your home as they are more likely to freeze. This can, in turn, cause your boiler to stop working. To avoid this, make sure they are well insulated and turn your heating on regularly to thaw out your pipes.
Should the water in the pipework freeze during winter, you can defrost them by pouring over warm water.
5. Get a carbon monoxide alarm: Carbon monoxide is odourless and tasteless, making it easy for a leak to go unnoticed. Carbon monoxide leaks, however, can potentially be fatal if exposed to the gas over a prolonged period of time.
Because of the potential severity, this can cause, it is important to invest in a carbon monoxide alarm rather than relying on a boiler for this. Also, note that regular smoke detectors are not able to detect carbon monoxide in your home.
These five top tips will ensure your boiler is ready for the winter and help you have an easy and warm winter.