The winter months are fast approaching, and it’s time to start thinking about getting your boiler ready for the cold weather. A well-maintained boiler will help you stay warm and comfortable all winter long, while a poorly maintained boiler could leave you cold and in the dark. Here at Simon Kelman Plumbing & Heating we have 12 years of experience under our belt and a reputation for excellence.
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If you’re not sure how to get your boiler ready for winter, or if you need any help with boiler maintenance, contact the team at Simon Kelman Plumbing & Heating. We’ll be happy to help you get your boiler in top condition for the winter months.
So, how do you prepare your boiler for winter? A good place to start is to have your boiler serviced every year by a qualified engineer. It is important to ensure your boiler is in good working order because it will keep you warm all winter long. A service will involve cleaning and inspecting all the parts of your boiler and replacing any worn or damaged parts. Top tip – have your boiler serviced in summer for a cheaper engineer call-out.
Insulating your pipes will help to prevent them from freezing in the winter months. If the pipes to your boiler freeze over, they are more prone to bursting. This could leave you without heat in the depths of winter and potential flooding from burst pipes. This is especially important for pipes that are on the outside of your house. To avoid this, you can install pipe insulation, which is a fairly low-cost solution to a problem that could cost you a lot.
Your boiler pressure should have been checked during your boiler’s annual check-up. However, sometimes small things like this can be missed which can lead to big consequences. The main thing, above all else, to check is that the gauge reads between 1 – 1.5 bar. If it doesn’t show in-between these numbers, your boiler could stop working. Top tip- If the pressure is low, top it up. If the pressure is high, bleed your radiators.
Following on, you should bleed your radiators every time the pressure builds up. This will remove any air that is in the system. Air in the boiler pipes can prevent them from heating up properly, making them less efficient at warming your home. To bleed your radiator, you need to get hold of a radiator key and a wet cloth or towel.
Checking your boiler’s condensate pipe can help maintain working order. This is the pipe that carries away wastewater from your boiler. A few things to consider are having pipes that flow vertically and that are wide in diameter. These pipes are often exposed outside. These two steps make it less likely that that the water can pool and freeze. Discussing altering your pipes with one of our team could save you from burst pipes down the line.
The next step is simple yet effective and that is keeping your radiator clean. Next time you’re vacuuming your home, don’t forget the area around your radiators. This will capture any dust that’s lurking and prevent it from building up in your boiler system. This should be included as part of your weekly house clean, summer or winter, 52 weeks a year to maintain your boiler’s health.
Look into getting a new boiler if you have an old one. Newer boilers are more efficient, using less gas and oil to heat water. Better efficiency will save you money. Some other benefits include noise propagation. New boilers are often quitter due to their modern designs and higher quality materials. They are often smaller, freeing up space in that cupboard you wanted to store your clothes in. Instead, the boiler can fit into a kitchen cupboard. Keep in mind that when you replace the boiler, it must be A-rated for energy efficiency. A newer boiler is also less likely to break down.
Another tip to prepare you boiler for winter is by having a filter fitted to your boiler. This helps your boiler run more efficiently because they help to remove debris in the system. Over time, the water in your boiler will decline leading to a system that is prone to where and tear. The corrosive substances found in the pipes are drawn to the critical components of the boiler system, building up and damaging them slowly over time.
The final step encompasses parts of all the previous steps. You should have a contingency plan. Test your boiler, ideally in summer when you don’t need it if there is an issue. Aim to keep your boiler in a good state by regularly checking on it during the winter months. If your boiler does go wrong, have a plan for what to do. Ideally if you follow all the steps, this should avoid such an issue arising. But, in the case that your boiler does fail, having a plan of who to call and having back up electric heaters can reduce the overall stress of the situation.
Winter is just around the corner, and now is the time to make sure your boiler is ready to heat your home. By following the tips in this blog post, you can ensure that your boiler is in good working order and that you have a warm and comfortable winter. If you’re in need of a plumber or heating engineer, remember we offer general plumbing services, gas/oil boiler installation & servicing, and central heating health checks.