Preparing your boiler for winter will help to ensure it is operating to optimum capacity. When the colder months arrive, you become more reliant on your boiler. Your boiler is at the heart of your home’s central heating system and works extremely hard to keep you and your family warm in the winter months. Before the cold spell hits it’s important you are preparing your boiler for winter to ensure it is ready for the bleak weather ahead. In this article, we advise explain the best practices for preparing your boiler for winter.
How To Prepare Your Boiler For Winter?
Preparing your boiler for winter is important by giving it some much needed TLC could be the difference between a major boiler breakdown in the middle of winter and a healthy boiler operating to its full capacity. Read our helpful tips on how to prepare your boiler for winter.
Preparing Your Boiler For Winter
Here are Woods Building Maintenance‘s tips and advice for preparing your boiler for winter:
- Service your boiler – When preparing your boiler for winter, it is important you have had your boiler serviced. How often should a boiler be serviced? Booking your boiler in for an annual service with a Gas Safe engineer with ensure your boiler is operating safely and efficiently. It will also reduce the risk of boiler break as the engineer will check the components of your boiler for any issues or wear. An annual boiler service will keep your manufacturer’s warranty valid. Here at Woods Building Maintenance, we have a network of Gas Safe Registered engineers across the North of England who will thoroughly service your boiler.
- Check your radiators – To check your radiators you will need to switch on your heating as normal. Once your home is fully heated, then carefully check each radiator in your home for cold spots. Cold spots are caused by trapped air pockets. If you find cold spots in your radiator(s), then you may need bleed your radiator to release the trapped air. To find out how to bleed a radiator read our helpful guide. Cold spots in your radiators could be the start of bigger problems. If your heating system isn’t maintained properly then it can cause a build-up of sludge which can cause damage to the pipes and ultimately lead to a boiler breakdown.
- Insulate your pipes – In the Winter months the temperate can drop extremely low which can cause any standing water in your pipes to freeze. Before Winter it is important to make sure all your pipework is insulated. You DO NOT want frost to form on your pipework. If pipework isn’t insulated there is the option to keep your heating on at a constant low temperature to prevent frost from forming. Please note, this will increase your heating bills.
- Check your boiler pressure – When your boiler is switched on check the pressure gauge on your boiler is always within the green zone. If the pressure of your boiler drops then, you could be suffering from a loss of hot water in your home. To prevent this from happening, we recommend that you check and use the filling loop/link and bleed your radiators if the pressure is too high. If you find that your boiler pressure is constantly dropping and increasing, you should seek advice from one of our Gas Safe engineers.
- Fit a carbon monoxide alarm – This is one of our gas safety tips. During the winter months, you will be using your boiler a lot more so, if you haven’t already we recommend you buy a carbon monoxide alarm immediately. A carbon monoxide leak without an alarm is potentially fatal as it is known as the “silent killer” because it doesn’t smell and is tasteless.
Preparing Your Boiler For Winter With Woods Building Maintenance
Woods Building Maintenance is a reactive maintenance company based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. We deliver a wide range of reactive maintenance services to both domestic and commercial customers across the North of England. Since incorporation in 2011, we have worked hard to build up our excellent reputation making us a leading reactive maintenance company in the North of England.
Our reactive maintenance services include, but are not limited to the following:
- Reactive maintenance
- Gas services
- Plumbing services
- Electrical services
- Glazing and locks services
- Drainage services
- Maintenance services
- Boiler installation
Here at Woods Building Maintenance, we pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service. From the moment, you make contact with one of our friendly helpdesk advisers you will receive first class customer care.
We offer reliable gas services across the North of England. All of our Gas engineers are on the Gas Safe Register so, you can have peace of mind that all work carried out by us is completed safely and efficiently. Our team of Gas engineers are qualified, skilled and experienced to take care of all your requirements.
If you require any of our reactive maintenance services please call us on 0330 3530 365 or contact us online.