Boiler Protection Tips for the Winter Season
Having a broken boiler is probably one of the worst experience we could imagine during winter. To keep your home and your loved ones safe from the cold, here are some tips in making sure that your boiler is in good working condition and won’t cause you any trouble:
Have your boiler serviced
Even before the winter season starts, it is essential to have your boiler checked and serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer for any damage that might affect your boiler if left unnoticed.
Since the boiler is also our main source of hot running water, it is with utmost importance that we check our boilers before the cold season starts. Having it serviced in advance is much better than getting a repair or replacement due to a boiler breakdown in the middle of the winter season.
It is also beneficial to resolve small issues quickly as boiler breakdowns are usually a result of persistent small problems that are brushed aside.
Observe the warning signs
Cracks, noises and leaks are just some of the warning signs that you must be aware of to identify the problem on your boiler. Keeping attention on these signs can save you money from repairs or replacements in the future.
For example, if you see an error code or a faulty pilot light, this could mean that your boiler’s supply of gas has stopped, or if you hear strange noises, a boiler kettling or loss of water pressure might be the problem.
Keeping an eye on these small warning signs would save you from encountering bigger and more costly problems with your boiler.
Bleed the radiators
The very first thing to check when you open your boiler after a very long time is the radiators. If the warm is not spread equally, such as being hot at the bottom while cold at the top, there might be air trapped inside your boiler that needs to be released.
On the other hand, a presence of sludge in your heating system can also cause your boiler to suffer poor circulation or large cold spots in the middle. If this is the case, you need to contact your trusted engineer to conduct power flushing on your boiler to remove the contaminants and allow the free flow of water again.
Bleeding your radiators and power flushing will keep your home more energy efficient. Thus , saving you money on utility bills.
Look for signs of leaks and drips
You should always be mindful of the leaks and drips on radiators and boilers at home as these things indicate a problem on your heating system. The amount of leaks and drips would give you enough idea if a simple repair can solve this problem or a boiler replacement is needed.
However, it is important to seek help from professional engineers to help you determine that what your boiler needs is just a repair or you will have to invest in a new boiler.
Freezing and bursting pipes are among the most common problems that homeowners experience during winter. You can save yourself and your family from this misery by insulating your pipes properly and keeping it protected with a frost protection device attached to the boiler.