Maintaining Your Boiler During Winter

To repeat the famous words of Ned Stark… Winter is coming! And winter is the time when we rely on our heating systems the most, so don’t let it fail you. Check out our top tips to keep your boiler healthy this winter to make sure you’re toasty.

Boiler Servicing

Firstly, servicing your boiler is vital to keep it in optimum condition for as long as possible. If you haven’t had your annual service yet this year, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with a registered Gas Safe engineer and schedule your appointment immediately. Not only will your engineer give your system a good clean and check all the boiler’s components that they’re in working order. But they’ll also spot anything which may need replacing or is draining your energy usage. When a part goes wrong in a boiler it can inadvertently add strain to another component in your central heating system.

A regular boiler service will keep you warm all year round, not just during the winter months. Most break downs in central heating systems are from poorly maintained boilers. This means it can be greater wear and tear on other components that could be costlier than fixing the broken component in the first place.
Don’t forget your radiators this winter. If your radiators are a cooler temperature at the top than at the bottom, then this can indicate that they have air trapped inside them and need bleeding. Did you know that radiators that need bleeding prevent your heating system running at optimum efficiency and put extra strain on your system, costing you more on your energy bills. It’s simple to bleed your radiators yourself, it takes very little time and effort. If there are no other obvious concerns, your home’s heating will almost certainly benefit from radiator bleeding.

Boiler Pressure

Over time, your boiler may lose pressure which can influence it’s overall efficiency. Worcester Bosch says that when the heating system is cool, the pressure should be between 1 and 1.5 bar on the pressure gauge. If pressure is below 0.5 bar, water has been lost from the system and must be replaced. Topping up your system pressure is a quick and easy job; you can find instructions on how to do this online, in your manufacturer’s installation manuals or if you are unsure, ask a Gas Safe Registered heating engineer to help.

Bleeding Your Radiators

And finally, investing in a smart thermostat may be vital to helping your heating system survive the winter. A thermostat with custom optimisation can help your boiler to gradually increase and reduce the temperature in your home. By helping your boiler to not work as hard, it can save energy usage for your boiler and money on your bills.
Keeping your heating off for long periods of time during cold weather means then when you do switch your heating on, your boiler has to work harder to warm up. By keeping a steady heat all day long across the winter months, your boiler is working less hard and maintaining a nice temperature.

Need a Gas Safe Registered engineer during the winter? We’re happy to help. With our 24 hour emergency plumbing services, you won’t be left in the cold for too long. Get in touch to arrange work by our engineers in Merseyside & arrange a time and date suitable for you.

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