Is Your Boiler Prepared for the Winter?

It’s easy to forget about your boiler when it’s working fine. While it’s one of the most important things in our home, most of us take for granted the heat and hot water it provides. It’s only when something goes wrong that we realise how much we need it! In the winter months, especially, boilers can have a habit of breaking down - just when we need them the most. 

So what can you do to prepare your boiler for winter? Taking a few simple steps will help it perform well when you really need it and keep it healthy for longer. We give you the lowdown on what to do here.

Boiler servicing

An annual boiler service is one of the best things you can do for your whole central heating system. When you have your boiler serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer, they thoroughly inspect and check all the main parts of your boiler, as well as cleaning inside to remove any dust or debris that can prevent your boiler from working properly.

Having your boiler serviced towards the end of summer allows your heating engineer to check everything is working as it should and to resolve any emerging issues before they become big problems that leave you without hot water or heat. Brrrr!

Check your boiler’s pressure

Checking your boiler pressure is usually quite simple, as many boilers have a pressure gauge showing a green area between 1 and 1.5. If your boiler pressure is within this then it’s spot on for the upcoming winter. However, sometimes it will be higher or lower than this, signifying a problem. If it’s too high it probably means you need to bleed your radiators. If it is too low you may need to use the filling loop, which will repressurise your boiler. If, however, after doing either of the above, your pressure still fluctuates, it may signify a different problem which should be investigated by a Gas safe registered heating engineer.  

Bleed your radiators

As mentioned above, your radiators may need bleeding if they aren’t giving out much heat due to trapped air preventing circulation. As well as helping them work better, bleeding your radiators helps your system work more efficiently so can also save you money on your heating bills. You can use a radiator key to bleed your radiators.

Protect your pipes

Frozen pipes are a big risk in winter, and can cause your heating to break down or even a pipe to burst. To prevent this you can have your pipework insulated or take steps such as leaving the heating on a low setting all of the time, so the pipes are still in use and don’t get frozen. 

In York and need more advice?

The friendly team at Armstrong Plumbing & Heating serve happy customers across Tadcaster, Wetherby, York and the surrounding areas, so if you’d like help preparing your boiler for winter we’d be happy to help. To contact us you can telephone 07834 168464 or 01904 373075, email or fill out our short contact form outlining your query.