Plumbing and Heating systems during the winter
Most of us worry about a boiler breakdown during the Winter, especially once the colder months are here. The following tips could not only help prevent your boiler from breaking down but also keep your central heating system in good working order all year round.
Understand How Your Boiler Works
Understanding how your boiler works can help you to detect any faults or problems, and could even save you money if you discover something is wrong before more damage is caused. Make sure you read and understand your boiler's manual. If you've lost your manual, you might be able to download it from the manufacturer's website.
Annual Boiler Service
An annual service of your boiler can be readily put back as a low priority, but boiler maintenance and regular checks can help prevent unexpected breakdowns and repairs. An annual boiler service can also protect those you care about and save you money!
Insulate Your Pipes
Pipe insulation can prevent your pipework from seizing up when the temperatures drop below zero during winter. Pipe lagging can stop water in your pipework from freezing and bursting, prevent the build of condensation and save you money on your energy bills as the insulation helps preserve heat within your pipes.
System Power Flush
Power flushing your central heating system can prevent boiler breakdowns and significantly improve boiler efficiency. By circulating high-strength cleansing chemicals, a power flush can remove debris, rust and contaminants from your central heating and is more cost-effective than replacing an old, inefficient boiler.
Bleed Your Radiators
Trapped air in your central heating system can cause your boiler to work harder than it needs to, which can increase your energy costs. Bleeding your radiators is a relatively easy process that can help remove any trapped air within your central heating system. Ensure you monitor your boiler's water pressure after bleeding your radiators, the pressure should be between 1-1.5 bar.
Check Your Heating Regularly
If you have a combination gas boiler, it is advised to regularly turn on your boiler throughout the year, even during the warmer months when your central heating is not in use. To prevent breakdowns during winter, simply switch on your heating for 15 minutes once a month during the summer.
Do not carry out the above tips if you're not 100% comfortable with what you're doing. If in doubt, it's always best to trust in a professional. All of our team are Gas Safe Registered and we're happy to provide no obligation advice and answer any of your questions over the phone.
CS Plumbing and Heating Ltd - here for you
We offer expert boiler repairs and maintenance to help you fix unforeseen issues and breakdowns. Pick up the phone and call Chris directly on 03303 112 905