Winter is a magical time of the year, with everyone thinking about and getting excited for Christmas and New Year. It’s a time to celebrate, but something that you won’t be celebrating is your boiler breaking down.
Throughout the colder months, central heating becomes a necessity. The cold weather means cosy nights are a must, and early mornings are made that bit more bearable thanks to the radiators that warm your home.
Your boiler keeps you and your family warm morning and night – providing all is working as it should. There is never a good time for your boiler to break, but there’s no doubt that winter is the worst time for it. Thankfully, there are precautions you can take to lower the risk of problems with your boiler.
Wondering how you can keep your boiler in tip-top condition? We’ve put together some simple things you can do so you can stay warm all winter long.
Get Your Boiler Serviced
Having your boiler serviced yearly is one of the best ways to avoid any significant problems. A gas safe registered engineer will be able to look for any issues affecting your boiler and catch them early. The best time of year to book in a boiler service is actually during the warmer months. Gas engineers tend to be less in demand, so you won’t have to wait too long. As well as that, having it done before winter means your heating system will be ready to get when the temperature starts to drop.
Check Your Radiators
Turn on your heating and, one by one, check each radiator in your home for any cold spots. If there are any, this means your radiators are not working to their full potential. Thankfully, that’s easily fixed.
Bleed Your Radiators
To make sure your radiators are working correctly, you will occasionally need to bleed them. To do so, turn off your heating and place a towel beneath the radiator valve. Using a radiator key, turn the valve anticlockwise. You should then hear the hiss of air as it escapes. Once the hissing stops and water is flowing out, shut the valve.
If the pressure in your system drops, your boiler may stop working. Pressure drops occur due to water escaping in the system or a failure of the expansion valve. Don’t attempt to adjust this yourself – it’s time to call in a gas engineer.
Check And Insulate Pipes
Throughout the colder months, pipes may freeze over, which can result in your boiler not working. To avoid frozen pipes, you have the option of either insulating them or leaving your heating on low during particularly cold times. If you find you have frozen pipes, you can thaw them using a hot water bottle.
Check Your CO Alarm
Carbon monoxide can be fatal if you’re exposed to it for a significant amount of time. Due to this, we urge everyone to install and regularly test their carbon monoxide alarm. For more information, take a look at the 7 Signs Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning to ensure you know what to look out for.
Call For Help Sooner Rather Than Later
If there’s a problem that you can’t/are not qualified to fix, call a gas engineer as soon as possible. Fixing a problem sooner rather than later is always the best option and could avoid further problems developing.
If you need your boiler serviced and need to find a gas engineer, make sure they’re registered. Visit the Gas Safe Register to find gas engineers in your area.