As the winter months draw closer, conducting checks on your boiler before the cold hits will significantly reduce the risk of breakdown when the weather is at its chilliest. People who wait until winter arrives and sets in before performing a check risk boiler malfunction, higher utility bills and worse, safety problems from carbon monoxide leaks.
Failure to prepare your boiler for winter could lead to costly repair charges or even more if it fully breaks down. This usually happens when the weather is coldest in December or January, at a time when most families are short of cash after Christmas shopping and other expenses. You might have insurance for your boiler and central heating but insurance won’t pay for repairs if it’s been over a year since the last boiler service. It can also be hard to find an engineer at peak times, meaning you are left in the cold.
Here are some easy checks and fixes a plumber could do to prepare you for the winter.
Ensure your boiler is working
Test your boiler by switching it on for a few hours under mild weather conditions and see if the radiators are properly heated. This will let you know if there are any issues with the boiler or if it’s broken in which case you should call your engineer.
Service your boiler
A recent study reveals that almost half of Irish homes haven’t services their boilers in over a year. If you fall under that category, now is the time because a boiler service is a full proof plan to fix any existing issues with your boiler. This guarantees your boiler stays in top shape throughout winter. Book your boiler service with Ecoscene today
Check for boiler leaks and buy carbon monoxide alarm
Check to ensure the there are no leaking pipes or holes on the boiler, we strongly advise you to purchase a carbon monoxide alarm as extra security to keep your home safe and alert you when the air becomes toxic. Should the alarm sound, please follow the following steps:
- Open all doors and windows for ventilation
- Turn off all appliances that burn fuel such as cooking gas and boilers
- Do not turn on the lights, matches or anything that could cause a spark
- Leave the property
- Get medical assistance if you inhaled an unhealthy dose or you’re being affected by resulting symptoms.
- Insulate your pipes
The nightmare of every homeowner is living without central heating or hot water during winter. When the condensate pipe freezes, the boiler stops working. The best way to avoid this is to keep the temperature low and insulate your pipes when it freezes by pouring tepid water over it. To prevent the boiler from re-freezing, wrap the pipes in old towels, for non-frozen pipes, thaw the pipe, and insulate it with foam tubing.
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