5 Ways to Get Your Boiler Ready for Winter
We the Brits take pride in our weather. From time to time, we experience cold days, especially during winter when the temperatures drop to lows. What’s worse is the fact that the low temperatures can last for a couple of days or weeks.
Now, when the temperatures drop below freezing, you want your house to remain warm. This is where your new boiler comes into play. In the guide below, we shall share some tips on how you can ensure your boiler serves you efficiently through the winter season.
5 Tips How To Keep Your Boiler Working Over Winter
Insulate the condensate pipe
Boilers heat houses by circulating hot water through their pipeworks. During winter, the water that helps to keep you warm can turn against you. The water can freeze inside the condensate pipe. This is one of the most leading causes of boiler malfunction during the cold season. Homeowners spend a lot of money getting the problem fixed. Luckily, you can save yourself the inconvenience and hassle by insulating the condensate pipe. This process is best done by a Gas Safe engineer in case alterations are necessary.
Bleed the radiators
Radiators are the heating points of boilers. They spread heat from the water to their immediate environment. They are efficient and heat the room according to the boiler temperature settings. But sometimes air accumulates in the radiator and creates some form of insulation inside against the hot water. When this happens, the bottom is hotter than the top.
As a result of the insulation, the efficiency of the boiler drops and you start spending a lot of money on energy bills. The solution to this problem is bleeding the radiators. Luckily, this process doesn’t require special tools aside from a radiator key that you can buy from your local hardware store.
Check boiler pressure
Another cause of boiler problems during winter is low boiler pressure. This phenomenon is common since the boiler system loses water over time. As such, it’s normal to repressurizing the boiler twice every year. But if you realize you are doing it too often, then the system needs servicing.
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Normal boiler pressure is between 1 and 1.5 bar when the system is off. If the pressure falls below 1 bar, you can re-pressurize it through the filling loops. As you add water to the system, keep an eye on the pressure gauge being sure not to surpass the 1.5 bar threshold.
A boiler service is a sure way of ensuring the boiler is in tip-top shape as you usher in the cold season. The Gas Safe engineer you hire will inspect boiler parts for damage and wear and tear. Any problem detected can be solved before it escalates into a big problem requiring a lot of money to sort out.
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Inspect the thermostat
Thermostats help in controlling room temperatures. If a thermostat is faulty, you’ll notice the rooms are either too cold or too hot. Either way, it can be frustrating and uncomfortable. Luckily, a faulty thermostat requires a quick replacement, and you are good to go.
If you follow the above tips and steps, your boiler should be ready for the cold season. But even then, you need to keep an eye out for any anomaly and attend to it ASAP. Also, for any repairs, call our Gas Safe engineers.