Winter is just around the corner, and so you want to make sure that your boiler is going to be reliable. As we all know, winter in the UK can get extremely cold, and the last thing you want is for your boiler to play up. Not only will this be a big inconvenience and leave your home feeling the cold (a lot!), but paying for an emergency service can be pretty costly, too. Sometimes these problems can be quite difficult to prevent as pipes become prone to freezing, however there are a few ways you can minimise the risk of encountering problems during these cold months.
The last thing you want to happen when it’s freezing cold outside, is for your radiators to stop working. When you come in from the cold, you want to be greeted with a lovely warm house, not a radiator that has broken. The best way you can prevent anything like this from happening, is to have your boiler serviced. This will flag up any existing problems or potential threats in the near future. Having a professional take a look will ensure that your boiler is going to function well and stay reliable throughout winter. Simple things such as bleeding the radiators and having the pressure checked can make a big difference and really benefit you in the long run.
Firstly, one of the most common problems we find when it starts getting into the colder months is that your boiler struggles a little from being out of use over the summer. It can give your boiler a bit of a shock and in unfortunate cases, result in it breaking, which aside from being pretty inconvenient, costs a lot of money too. Another thing we find a lot throughout winter, is that the pipes get frozen, which can cause blockages and essentially put a pause on the whole heating system.
Other things to look out for include leaks and noises. Either of these can be a sign that something isn’t quite right and that you should call a plumber as soon as you can to find out what the problem is. We always recommend taking action as soon as you notice anything as this gets the issue resolved quicker and prevents it from turning into anything more serious.
Regular servicing and maintenance on your boiler is what prevents big problems and reduces risk of anything failing or breaking. Sometimes there may be small issues in the boiler and heating system that you aren’t even aware of, but the sooner they are spotted and sorted out, the better it is for your household in the future. Furthermore, if you notice something that isn’t quite right but it’s not causing any significant trouble, you must still seek professional help as you never know what it could lead to.
For example, even if your heating hasn’t stopped working completely, if it hasn’t been bled and there is too much air or blockages or something that isn’t quite right, this can mean that it takes a lot longer to heat up, or that it doesn’t heat up very well and not to the correct temperature. As a result, this can also drum up a higher cost in bills. Since you rely on your heating and boiler a lot more in winter anyway, it’s likely that you’ll already be paying out more as you’ll be using them more so you will have probably already seen an increase in your bills. You don’t want to make this any worse by having no maintenance!
If you’d like a bit more information on looking after your boiler throughout winter, or would like to get yours checked out by one of our team, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.