The UK is moving closer and closer to the Big Boiler Switch-On. The warmer months are drawing to a close, and people from every region of the country are preparing to clean the summer’s pollen and dust from their gas appliances and set up their central heating systems once more.
Last year, HomeServe found that half of all Brits turned their boilers on either in or around October 13th, so if this year is the same, the majority of households only have five weeks to make sure their boilers are in working order. So what should you do to prepare your central heating for the cold weather?
Annual boiler services
Gas safety checks are the best way to avoid boiler breakdowns. We think that the months leading up to winter are the best times for boiler services and safety checks; months of disuse can create problems in gas appliances, and these problems can lead to central heating system failures when the appliance begins operating in winter. Boilers should be serviced every year in order to ensure that they are safe and efficient.
Insulate your pipes
When the weather drops below zero, standing water in your pipes can freeze, which can block up your plumbing system. As water expands when it turns into ice, frozen pipes are also particularly likely to rupture and break. Pipe insulation is a simple, cost-effective solution to this problem.
Similar to boiler services, plumbing insulation will not only reduce your likelihood of home emergencies, but will also improve the energy efficiency of your central heating and save you money in the long-term.
Check your pressure and radiators
Take a look at your boiler’s water pressure to see if you need to repressurise your boiler, or if you need to call out an engineer to take a look at it. If the pressure is too low, you may be able to bring it back up to the right pressure without any difficulty, but if it is too high, you might need to speak with a Gas Safe engineer.
The coming of winter is also a good time to bleed radiators. This will ensure that your central heating operates efficiently – if there is air trapped in the radiator, then it will not warm up as well as it would if it was full of water, and might not even properly warm up at all.
Run a preliminary test
The days might be warm, but the nights are already a bit chilly, so why not take the opportunity to run your central heating system for a few hours after the sun goes round? This will allow you to discover whether or not it is working properly before the harsh winter weather arrives, enabling you to arrange central heating repairs when the weather is still somewhat pleasant.
Take out boiler cover
As we offer a 24/7 boiler cover service plan, responding to all boiler breakdowns within 24 hours, it’s a great idea to take out boiler breakdown cover before the winter strikes. If you need a repair in the midst of winter, you might struggle to receive it if you don’t have 24/7 protection, but if you have a plan with us, we will ensure you receive the assistance you need at the time you need it!