How to ‘winterproof’ your boiler

Published: Mon, 17 Dec 2018

How to ‘winterproof’ your boiler

What’s worse than your boiler breaking down in the midst of a particularly cold winter? 

It can be frustrating to have to arrange boiler repair and potentially take a day off work while the problem is resolved. Not to mention the hassle of having to take cold showers and sleep with lots of layers while the problem is being rectified. 

Save yourselves the trouble of a having to repair a broken down boiler in the winter by following the tips below:

Get your boiler servicing done at the end of summer 

The one thing that will save your boiler as it works hard during the winter months is an annual boiler servicing. Get this done prior to winter, and your boiler is much less likely to break down during the cold season. 

So, what exactly does an annual boiler servicing entail? An expert engineer will thoroughly check your boiler for any signs of damage or potential wear and tear that could lead to breakdown. Since your boiler hasn’t been used as much during the summer, they’ll check that it’s up to scratch after a few months of disuse. 

Trust us, it’ll save you from having to worry about icy cold showers in the middle of winter! 

Check boiler pressure

Boilers can easily break down if their pressure drops below a certain level. Luckily, it’s easy to avoid this. Simply check the pressure gauge and re-pressurise if too high or too low. If you’re unsure how to do this, an experienced boiler engineer will easily be able to do this for you. 

Get your boiler pipes insulated 

As the temperature plummet in winter, it can be easy for boiler pipes to freeze up with any standing water. The result? Your entire plumbing system could get blocked up and break down. 

Avoid this with pipe insulation. It has the added bonus of improving the energy efficiency of your home and reducing energy bills over time. 

Do a thorough check of your heating system and bleed your radiators if needed 

To keep your home warm and cosy during the colder months, check your radiators before winter approaches. It may be that you need to bleed them if there are any cold spots due to trapped air. This is easy enough to do yourself without the need to hire a professional.

If you’re looking for high-quality boiler repairs or servicing for your home in Bridgwater, give us a call on 01278 431 451 and we’ll send out one of our expert engineers.

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