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Is your boiler ready for winter?
It’s getting to that time of year again.. it’s cold, it’s dark and we all want to come home to warmth and comfort. We also want to splurge all our hard earned cash on christmas – the last thing anyone wants is a last minute panic call to an engineer because the boilers given up.
The best way to keep the cold at bay and the boiler ticking over through the winter months is definitely to have a service done. Now is the ideal time – just before the real cold kicks in! A boiler service needs to be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer – it’s the law. The service will include a check-up just to make sure everything’s working as it should be. Think of it as us going to the doctors to get a flu jab at the start of winter to keep the germs away – in essence this is the same thing, just for your boiler. A small cost for a yearly check up will save you a fortune in the long run because essentially you’ll be nipping potential problems in the bud.
As well as having a service, there a few other things you can do through the year to keep your boiler happy;
- Instead of going from being a boiler abandoned for ten months of the year to being turned on full blast in the depths of winter, it’s much more efficient to turn your boiler on for a few hours a week before temperatures hit sub-zero. All this does is act as warm up – you wouldn’t see an athlete running a race without warming up first, and your boiler works on the same principle.
- You might also want to consider insulating your pipes if you’ve not already done so. Pipe insulation will help your boiler run effectively mainly because the water going into it won’t be freezing.
- Keep an eye on the pressure levels by checking the gauge which is on the front of most modern boilers. Pressure being too high or too low can stop your boiler working effectively so it’s well worth keeping on top of.
- Finally, when the dreaded frosty mornings kick in, what people tend to do is whack the heating on full blast, wait for the house to warm up, then turn it off again. Then, when the chilly evenings begin too, they do the same thing. What would be more efficient – in terms of both keeping your boiler running smoothly and keeping your ever rising energy costs down – would be to keep your boiler running at a lower temperature for a longer time.
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