Yes it’s that time of year again when the heating starts going on in homes across the country, as the temperature drops and winter is well and truly on the way.
Of course this is just the time of year when we need our boilers the most – and it’s the exact time of year we’re likely to run into problems as well. The sudden demand we put them under can reveal problems, and the dropping temperatures can cause problems of their own as well.
Here are some tips to make sure you reduce the odds of a boiler breakdown this winter.
Get your boiler serviced
This is the best time of year for a boiler service. It will ensure everything is working properly and if any repairs are required, they can be done before the really cold weather kicks in.
Turn your heating on each week
Don’t wait for really cold weather to hit before you turn your heating on. Even if you only turn it on for a few hours one day a week, it gives you the opportunity to check there are no problems with it before you really need it.
Insulate your pipes
Frozen pipes can be a big problem for householders, preventing the heating and the boiler from working properly. Make sure you insulate them all if you haven’t already done so – including the condensate outlet pipe which runs through to the outside of your property if you have a condensing boiler.
Keep the heating on continuously but on low
Lots of people only turn their heating on when they really need it. However, when they do, they turn it on high and it can take ages to heat the whole house. Then they turn it off again. Instead of doing this, have the heating on very low and keep it on all the time. It allows the house to achieve a nice temperature consistently and it can mean fewer boiler problems because it won’t have so much demanded of it.
As you can see, none of these tips are particularly hard to follow. In fact they should provide an integral part of getting your property ready for the winter months. You’ll come to rely on your boiler a lot in the months to come, so make sure you put it through its paces now to get the best results when you need it most.
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