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The Guide To Getting Your Boiler Ready For Winter

Getting your boiler ready for winter is an important part of preparing your home ahead of any adverse weather conditions. A healthy working boiler provides you with essential heat and hot water throughout the year.

By arranging regular servicing and maintenance, you are one step ahead in getting your boiler ready for winter. But even the most reliable and high quality boilers may have problems in freezing temperatures. At FixLink, we can help you to increase the longevity of your boiler, consequently stopping any unnecessary stress a breakdown can cause. For our tips and advice, read the article below.

The Importance of Looking After Your Boiler

Scheduling in frequent boiler services will help to prevent problems in the early stages thus avoiding a real emergency.

If your boiler breaks down in the middle of winter, you will have no hot water or heat for your home. Winter is a very typical time for problems to happen therefore it may be difficult to get a tradesperson round immediately. After several days of not being in use, your boiler may develop further issues. Consequently repairs may not be enough and potentially you will need a new boiler.

By looking after your boiler through regular checks with a qualified gas engineer, you will increase its lifespan and subsequently it will perform better. Ultimately a good working boiler also reduces your bills and saves you money.

5 Tips To Getting Your Boiler Ready For Winter

At FixLink we specialise in gas boiler installation, electrical and plumbing and we’re ready to help you. Here are our 5 tips for getting your boiler ready for winter.

1. Get it serviced

Firstly, you need to get it serviced. This important task helps to make your living or working environment a much safer place thus giving you peace of mind.

A damaged boiler can be incredibly dangerous to your family, potentially leading to fires and gas leaks. A regular service also guarantees any warranty on your boiler. Furthermore a well cared for boiler will work more efficiently thus reducing your fuel usage and energy bills. It’s a win win.

2. Test your radiators

Secondly, it’s important to test your radiators. You can do this by turning all the radiator valves on and the room thermostat to maximum. Set the heating to run on your programme or boiler. After 15 minutes, touch the radiators to see if they are starting to heat up.

If all the radiators are heating up, that’s good and they are working well. If one or two radiators remain cold, it could be that a small amount of air has entered the system. At that point you need to bleed the radiators. Meanwhile, you can also check for any drips and listen for any hissing noises.

3. Check the pipework

Thirdly, you should check the pipework. You can visually inspect the parts of the boiler and watch out for signs of water damage. There are various copper pipes and a plastic condensate pipe. Check them all and remove any covers over pipes if you need to.

If your boiler is leaking water around the pipe fittings, there’s a possibility that the pipes have been badly sealed or its a faulty valve. If so, a quarter turn may help. Perhaps your boiler is running and there’s no leak, in which case a hot water pipe is likely to be the cause. Alternatively, if the boiler is on and a pipe is still leaking, it could be the cold water pipe from the mains.

4. Check the pressure gauge

A leaking boiler together with a loss of pressure could be due to a failed pressure relief valve. The next step is to check the pressure gauge. Pressure should be between 18-21 psi. The valve is designed to leak water under pressure to stop the system from exploding. Boilers under too much pressure break down and leak.

Every boiler should have a pressure gauge on the front. The pressure gauge should be around 1 bar and within the green markings. Anything above the green bar indicates an over pressurised boiler.

5. Look for cracks

Lastly, look for cracks along the pipes or seals of your boiler. The parts can decay or deteriorate over time, particularly if you have had the boiler for many years. If there is a crack and the seal fails, water can leak out at a rapid rate, subsequently causing dangerous problems for your home. Any cracks should be dealt with as soon as possible.

To Conclude: The Guide To Getting Your Boiler Ready For Winter

So you’ve read our guide on getting your boiler ready for winter. If you have made these checks and everything is in good working order, then you can look forward to a comfortable, warm home over winter. However, if you have identified a problem such as a leak, it’s advisable to call out FixLink as soon as possible. You should never ignore a leak.

The last thing you need is your boiler to break down over Christmas for example, which is a definite emergency. But as it’s a busy time of year it may be difficult to get an engineer to your home. Consequently Christmas dinner could be ruined! Moreover, the cost of repairing your boiler in an emergency will be a lot more than the cost of regular maintenance. Carrying out home checks and getting your boiler ready for winter could save you lots of money. We hope that our advice helps you to extend the longevity of your boiler and that you continue to enjoy a warm home.

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