Insulate Your Pipes
During the winter months, standing water in your pipework can freeze. This can in turn cause your boiler to stop working. Insulating your pipework or keeping your heating on at a constant low temperature can help to prevent this from happening.
Use the months ahead of winter to ensure your pipework is insulated and prevent unwanted frost from forming later in the year.
Check Your Radiator
Before the winter months arrive, it’s a good idea to test run your heating system and conduct a check on your radiators. If your radiators are cold towards the bottom when the heating is on, you may have trapped air within the radiator. To remove this, all you’ll need to do is to bleed the radiator.
Check Your Boiler Pressure
Most boilers should come kitted out with a boiler pressure gauge. A quick glance will tell you if the pressure is in the red or the green – generally between 1 and 1.5. Reduced pressure may negatively affect the hot water travelling around your heating system. If your pressure is too high, try bleeding the radiators. If the pressure is too low, try using your refilling loop to increase the pressure.
If your boiler pressure is constantly dropping or increasing, it’s advised that you seek the advice of a Gas Safe registered heating engineer.
Buy a Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Carbon monoxide is odourless and tasteless therefore easy for a leak to go unnoticed. A carbon monoxide leak is an incredibly serious event, indicative of a problem with your heating system – purchasing an alarm can literally save lives. Already have one? Check that it’s working by using its test button.
Arrange an annual service:
An annual boiler service is a must-do for any homeowner. A professional eye can pick up on problems a non-qualified individual may miss, ensuring that any issues are stopped in their tracks and receive the attention they need without delay. These services also make sure your boiler is gas safe to protect the health and safety of your home and occupants.
If you suspect a problem with your boiler or central heating system. Arrange a call-out as soon as possible, making sure it’s with a Gas Safe accredited company such as Heat Care Norwich Ltd.
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