In case you hadn’t noticed, the weather has taken a noticeable turn for the worse during the last week or so.
However, winter doesn’t officially start until December 22nd, which means that there’s still ample time to prepare for the coldest season.
One of the most important steps is to ensure that all central heating repairs have been carried out before the winter months, as this guarantees a steady supply of warmth and hot water when it’s needed the most. But how can you ensure that you’re fully equipped to cope with the biting cold?
Switch on and Test your Boiler
If you haven’t already done so, we’d recommend that you switch on your boiler and run a couple of basic tests before the temperature really starts to plummet.
You should definitely check the pressure levels in your boiler, for example, as these can drop in instances where the boiler has been switched off for an extended period of time. Remember, you pressure gauge should ideally show a value between 1 and 1.5 bar, particularly when running taps or the shower unit.
If you find that the boiler pressure is a little higher, you should also check your radiators for cold patches. If certain parts of your radiators aren’t heating up, you should consider bleeding them and releasing any trapped air through the valve.
Have your Boiler Serviced
Whether you want to maintain the performance of your boiler or simply respect the terms of your warranty, it makes sense to have the unit serviced once a year.
The late summer or early autumn represents the ideal time to have such a service carried out, as it’s often easier to book an engineer visit and you can identify any potential faults or central heating repairs before the winter months.
Of course, an annual service also helps to prevent existing central heating faults from becoming too problematic or costly to repair, whichever time of the year you book them in!
Insulate your Pipes
As the weather begins to get colder, the standing water in your pipework may freeze. This can create a blockage that causes the boiler to break down, whilst in some cases the pipe may even break if the issue is not resolved quickly enough.
To negate this risk, you should consider having your pipes insulated. Pipe lagging provides an added layer of protection that can prevent them from freezing, potentially negating the need for a central heating repair and saving you money in the process.
Another way of preventing this is to keep your boiler on at a constant low heat during the autumn, although this is arguably not as effective as pipe insulation.
Why Trust Home Heating for your Central Heating Repairs?
At Home Heating UK, we have more than 30 years’ experience in the plumbing and heating sector, during which time we’ve handled more than our fair share of central heating repairs.
Operating in Coventry and the surrounding regions of Rugby, Lutterworth, Northampton, Leicester and Market Harborough, our engineers are all Gas Safe-registered and therefore capable of working safely and to a high standard in your home.