As winter descends, people are coming closer to the day that boilers will be back to full power again. No longer will it just be a source of hot water, soon it will be heating our homes in order to keep you warm during the coldest part of the year. We here at Wear Heating and Gas understand that your central heating system is the life of your home in winter. So, if you have any problems you want to be aware sooner rather than later.
How, then, do you ensure your boiler is in tip top shape for the coming winter months?
Check Your Pipes and Radiators
The lack of use over several months may cause your pipe system to depressurize. It’s a problem with a simple fix, but it can be worrying when your radiators aren’t warming and you don’t know why. You can do this yourself, or an engineer can do this during a service. On the other hand, you will also have issues if the pressure of the boiler is too high also.
Prior to winter may also be a good time of year to bleed your radiators also. This is a great way to ensure the efficiency of your heating system, removing any trapped air that may have built up into the system over the months since you have used it. Air in the system means that it won’t warm up as well as it should. A quick check to remove this will leave your home toasty again.
Ensure Proper Insulation
Winter is cold, that is an undeniable fact. Temperatures can reach below zero on a regular basis and this may cause issues with your heating. Water can freeze in your pipes, causing a lot of trouble for both your boiler and even the sanitation of your home. A cost-effective solution is to insulate the pipes in order to avoid this issue.
Have Your Boiler Serviced
An annual service may not be necessary, but it never hurts. Better to be safe rather than sorry, as the saying goes. Months of disuse during the summer months can cause your boiler to have problems. Not checking can mean that these problems worsen on the initial winter turn on, not an ideal situation to find yourself in when the cold starts to bite. From a safety point of view, it is also important to service your boiler every year.
Are you worried your boiler won’t be up to scratch come winter? If you live in the Newcastle, Sunderland or Durham area, we can help! Why not give us a call on 0191 5517101 or 07729 429 489 and find out what we can do for you.