Check your heating regularlyKeeping you’re heating thermostat on zero.
During a cold snap could end up damaging you’re heating system.
So you might want to check you’re heating regularly.
Checking that you’re heating system works properly.
Will mean your boiler will be less likely to freeze up and break down.
Saving you on the cost of repairs if you don’t already have boiler care.
It might sound obvious.
But if your boiler doesn’t seem to be working.
see if it’s been switched off or if your gas and electricity supply has stopped working.
check to see if your boiler’s pilot light is on
That is, if you have a boiler with a pilot light.
Not all models do so don’t worry if you can’t find one).
If the pilot light is out,.
You can always relight or reset your boiler system manually
instead of calling out an engineer.
You should have the users instruction book for your boiler somewhere at hand.
Google it and look for your boiler manual online.
All boiler makers have these available to you for free of charge.
Beware some websites try to make you pay for these instructions.
Like I said The boiler makers offer these free.
Combi and system boilers can sometimes stop working because of a drop in pressure.
If your boiler stops working check the pressure dial and inspect all of your radiators and pipes for leaks.
System manually by using your system’s fill up loop.
But you should always switch your boiler off and consult your instructions.
Before tinkering with your boiler’s pressure.
Adding too much pressure into a system can be dangerous and costly.
Bleed your radiatorsIf you can feel cold patches on your radiators it may be because there’s air trapped inside that’s blocking the system form heating up.
It’s easy to bleed a radiator especially if you follow our handy guide here.
your system might be blocked with sludge and might need a chemical flush by a
professional gas safe registered engineer, but remember if you bleed the radiators
you will need to put pressure back into the system.Insulate your condensate pipe if you have a condensing boilerOne of the most common reasons for a condensing boiler breaking down in winter
is that the condensate pipes the pipes that carry away condensation
run outside the house and can freeze and become blocked when temperatures drop.
your pipes using a type of material called lagging which you can pick up from most DIY stores.If you’ve had problems with your condensate pipe freezing before
you might want to relocate the pipe internally or have it replaced with a wider pipe.
but should help prevent it from freezing or blocking again.If it’s below freezing and you’re condensing boiler
isn’t working or is displaying an error message or flashing light,
The best way to do this is to put a hot water bottle on the pipe or pour hot water over it,
give it a blow with a hair dryer or wrap a towel soaked in warm water around it and then reset your boiler.Think about boiler care, especially if you have an older boilerThe average lifespan of a boiler is thought to be just 8 – 10 years.
It’s estimated that around six million boilers in the UK could be near the end of their life span
and that around half of Britain’s boilers are already five years old or more.
That’s a lot of older boilers out there that have seen better days.
it’s especially worth thinking about taking out boiler and heating care that will cover the cost of repairing or replacing your boiler if something goes wrong.
Money Supermarket.com has put the average cost of a boiler breakdown at £235.37
more if your boiler has two or more problem parts.
Just think could you afford that to fix your boiler if it broke?Get your boiler servicedIt’s always a good idea to service your boiler especially if it’s a bit older.
Gas boiler manufacturers generally recommend getting your boiler serviced once every year
So if you’ve not already had yours serviced,
put it at the top of your to do list.
Go on don’t wait until your boiler breaks down before you give it a thought,
or it could end up costing you more in the long run.Know when to call in the expertsYou really need to call in the experts if your boiler does not work as it should, or
you think something is wrong or if your boiler flame is burning yellow rather than blue;
there is excess condensation or discolouring around your boiler; or if you continually need to restart your system.Have you found our boiler tips helpful?
Is there anything you think we’ve missed?
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