Winter Is Coming – It’s Time To Prepare Your Heating System
By its very nature, Winter is when your heating system will be forced to work at its hardest, so it makes sense to do everything you can to prepare for the upcoming season. As the local experts in the field, we have put together nine things you should implement before the inevitable cold weather begins to spread its icy tentacles.
Get Your Boiler Professionally Serviced
Your boiler is one of the most important components within your home, keeping you and your family warm throughout the cold months. It also heats up your water, so if anything were to go wrong, then it could have an immediate and detrimental effect on you and your family’s daily lives. In much the same way that you service your car every year, a boiler deserves the same level of TLC.
Contact More Heating today for a professionally approved service which will increase your boiler’s efficiency, identify any minor issues before they develop into major problems, and potentially extend the lifespan of your boiler.
Call MoreHeat today on 01803 605509
Do a Quick Test Turn On
Although this is a simple task, you do not want to discover that your boiler will not power up properly at the first sign of cold weather. Do a quick test while we are still enjoying the summer sun to confirm that the boiler fires up without any issues.
If Possible, Insulate Your Pipes
Insulating your pipes is a cost-efficient method to reduce some of the pressure on your boiler during the winter months. The reason why this works is that it helps prevent your pipes from freezing, which in turn minimizes the chances of your boiler failing on you. Unfortunately, this is not always feasible as the pipework may not be easily accessible, but we would strongly advise it if it can be done.
Check The Efficiency and Status of Your Radiators
As your heating system ages, air can become trapped within the system, predominantly at the top of the radiator. The way this will present itself is that the radiators will be coles at the top whilst still warm at the top of the radiator. An easy solution to this issue is to bleed your radiators, which, in most cases, will resolve the problem.
If you have bled the radiators and the problem persists, then this may be an indication that there is a build-up of sludge within the radiators, which will have a detrimental effect on your boiler. The best way to resolve this is to bring in the professionals at MoreHeat who can power flush your system.
Regularly Check The Pressure of Your Boiler
Although this article is focused primarily on preparation for Winter, this particular tip is a year-round recommendation. On the front of most modern boilers, you will find a pressure dial which tells you the current pressure within the boiler. In our experience, most people pay little attention to this dial, but it is actually important that you regularly check it. A two-second check will tell you whether the boiler pressure is green (perfect) or red (problematic). This is an important metric because if the pressure is low, it may negatively impact the water flowing around your heating system.
Conversely, if the pressure is too high, then it might be a good idea to bleed your radiators, as mentioned above. By being intentional and checking the boiler pressure regularly, you will be able to see any changes and react accordingly, getting ahead of the issue rather than having to react when things go wrong.
Invest In a Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Although not directly related to the efficiency and functioning of your central heating system, at MoreHeat, our customer’s safety is always paramount, which is why we always recommend the installation of a Carbon Monoxide Alarm. These alarms will alert you when there is an issue with your heating system and could potentially save your life. If you need professional help to fit one of these alarms, then call Moreheat on 01803 605509
Check for Thermostat Faults
Another all too common issue where we are called out to deal with a heating system that isn’t working is a faulty thermostat. This is often a simple fix involving the replacement of batteries, although if that doesn’t resolve the issue, then you may need to contact the professionals to replace and upgrade your thermostat.
Clean Your Boiler
Another quick and easy task that you should undertake is to clean the boiler as, in many cases, dust can build up, which then impedes the flow of air through your boiler, in turn making it work harder and reducing its efficiency. When undertaking any cleaning, do not remove any boiler covers to clean areas that are not normally accessible, as you could then be putting yourself at risk.
Ensure That Your Boiler Has Room To Breathe
One final recommendation we have, as it is something we see on an almost daily basis, is to ensure that your boiler has room to breathe. In many situations, the boiler is located within an airing cupboard, which is where people store they towels and bedding. In modern houses where storage requirements are at a premium, it can be tempting to stack more towels and bedding around the boiler, which can cause additional problems and impede efficiency. Always ensure that your boiler has at least 60 cm of space around the boiler and 20 cm above and below it.
Whatever your heating, plumbing or electrical needs, MoreHeat are your local experts in Devon.
Call us today on 01803 605509 for friendly, old-fashioned customer service and professional reliable workmanship.