There is nothing more frustrating than a boiler breakdown, especially if it’s during the cold winter months. Many of us will turn the heating system off in the summer, which means the boiler has little work to do. When the cold months hit, the boiler is expected to work quickly and at capacity which can be too much for the boiler to take and could lead to a breakdown.
First things first, after summer you need to check that the boiler is still working. If you think it isn’t working, check the following before calling out an engineer.
- Has the switch tripped? You may need to check your fuse box.
- Does it need reprogramming? Settings may have been lost over the summer through a power cut, for example.
- How’s the pressure? If the pressure gauge reading is low, it may need topping up. Use your manual for instruction.
- What’s the temperature? It may need to be set to higher than 21 degrees to work.
- Pilot light? If you have an older boiler, check the pilot light is on. If it’s a newer boiler, try the reset function.
Once your boiler is working, it’s time to give it a little TLC to keep it well-maintained through winter. The last thing people need in the run up to Christmas is a faulty boiler. To avoid suffering from the cold in the winter months, it is important to give your boiler an annual check and give you peace of mind that your boiler is ready for the autumn and winter months ahead.
Follow ASAP Plumbers’ four top tips to make sure your boiler is ready for autumn and winter.
- Boiler Service
Just like the winter flu jab, a boiler service should be an annual occurrence before winter begins. Now is the ideal time to make sure your boiler is functioning at its best and conduct necessary repairs before it causes a more expensive breakdown.
Make sure you employ an engineer who is Gas Safe registered to comply with the law, and their servicing check-up will be able to spot and correct any minor issues and pre-empt any problems that may arise in the future. For a relatively small cost, it could save you a considerable sum in the future.
- Prepare Your Boiler In Autumn
Even if the weather doesn’t seem too bad and the temperatures are still relatively warm, it is still worthwhile turning on your boiler on for a few hours a week. As the temperatures begin to drop, you can be sure your boiler is ready as it has completed its ‘warm-up’ and will be ready to go when you need it most.
If you think this added cost is unnecessary, don’t worry. It is actually more efficient to run your boiler a few hours a week than it is to expect it to work on full blast when you need it.
- Pipe Insulation
To reduce the toll on your boiler, it is worthwhile insulating the pipes connecting to your boiler. This can help to stop freezing water entering your boiler, which can mean the boiler needs to work even harder. Pipe insulation helps to keep your boiler working more efficiently and for a relatively low cost and can save you money in the long run.
Pipe insulation is relatively cheap and easy to do, you can find foam pipe jackets at your local DIY store and simply cut to fit your needs.
- Change Your Heating Style
Often when the cooler mornings arrive, our instinctive response is to whack the heating on full blast to try and make the house warm up quickly. What is actually more efficient for your energy costs and easier for your boiler is to let your home warm up over a prolonged period at a cooler temperature.
Having a smooth and slower change in temperature is much easier on your boiler and still ensures your home is warm and habitable and keeps your energy bills down.
Keep your boiler in check
By following these simple tips, you can help to ensure your boiler can meet your needs throughout winter, and that simple maintenance steps like these may help to save you a considerable sum in the long run. If your boiler needs a service or repair, ASAP Plumbers are available in London and have a team of experienced, Gas Safe registered engineers on hand to help fix any boiler issues you have.