How To Avoid Boiler Breakdowns In The Winter - Heating Connect

How To Avoid Boiler Breakdowns In The Winter

The summer is over half way complete which means the winter is nearly upon us. Therefore, ensuring that your heating system is working in the way it should is vital to also ensuring your home stays warm at this time of year. At Heating Connect we are specialist heating engineers with a focus on boiler servicing. In our latest article we look at how to avoid boiler breakdowns in the winter.

What May Cause A Boiler Breakdown?

There are a number of factors which can affect why your boiler is not working. Understanding what to look out for is also important so you can make a decision if you need to intervene with the use of a heating professional. As mentioned there are many reasons this may occur. It can be down to a faulty part which may need replacing, one of the pipes is obstructed so not able to pass water correctly or there is debris in the boiler that needs cleaning. 

Whatever the reason may be for your boiler to breakdown, it is always important to make sure that you call a registered heating engineer if you feel something is wrong.

What Can I Do To Avoid This?

Avoiding a boiler breakdown at all costs is what is advisable. This however sometimes cannot be helped. However, there are preventative measures in which you can take to ensure this is the case. Some of these measures do require the assistance of a heating engineer. Some of the preventative measures you can put in place include:- 

Annual Boiler Service

Annual Boiler Servicing is one of the best ways to ensure that your boiler is running at its most optimum level. Having a registered heating engineer visit your home and check the inner workings and integrity of pipework can save a lot of money in the future. At this stage if any issues have been identified then you are able to organise a repair. 

Alongside this, there are also a number of benefits linked to driving costs down and efficiency. One of the main areas however is the validating of warranty. Most boiler manufacturers will require this to ensure your warranty stays valid. 

Insulate Your Pipes

The second cheapest option that you have available to you is to insulate your pipes. Popping down to your local DIY store to get insulation is very easy. The insulation protects the pipes from freezing if the temperature is to drop below 0. It also can help the water to travel easier around the pipes during the colder months of the year.

System Power Flush

A system power flush is tried and tested to be one of the most efficient ways to help your boiler avoid breaking down. A high strength cleaning solution can remove any debris, rust and contaminants from the central heating and is much more cost effective than a whole boiler refit or change.

Bleed Your Radiators

Trapped air in the central heating system can sometimes mean that your boiler needs to work harder in order to deliver the heating that you require be that to the home or the water. Bleeding your radiators which is something you can do yourself, helps to relieve pressure from the system. Most boilers will have a very easy to read gauge which will help to show once everything has returned back to normal. 

Check Your Heating Regularly

We are all guilty throughout the summer months for not using our heating as we should do. As we approach the winter however we need to ensure this is not the case. With all combi boilers it is advised that you turn them on regularly and run through a full set up. This will give you a clearer idea of if there are any faults that need to be looked at. Switching your heating on for 15-20 minutes every week will therefore ensure that everything is running as it should be.

To Conclude

As you can see there are many options when it comes to how to avoid boiler breakdowns in the winter. A breakdown anytime of year is not ideal, however more so in the winter due to the inconvenience it can cause. Understanding what you can do yourself and also what you need a heating engineer for is very important. At Heating Connect we are specialist professionals who are always on hand to help. To find out more information about our services then please do Contact Us.


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