How to Take Care of Your Boiler and Pipes This Winter
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When the temperature starts to drop, the last thing you need is for your central heating system to shut down.
To avoid being left in a cold house with nothing but thick jumpers and a kettle for comfort, here’s how you can prevent your pipes from freezing over this winter:
Watch Those Pipes!
If your pipes start looking like something out of Ice Age, the fastest and most effective solution is to pour hot water over them. Boil the water in your kettle and wait for it to cool slightly – using boiling water may crack the pipe. Alternatively, hold a hot water bottle against the pipe – that should do the trick! If your boiler wasn’t working prior to the pipes freezing, restart it by holding the reset button for 10 seconds and wait for it to start up again. If this doesn’t fix your problem, it’s time to call FIXAS.
Get Your Boiler Serviced
By simply getting your boiler serviced annually, you’re less likely to have problems with it. Regular servicing will pick up on any problems before your central heating breaks down completely.Try and get this done before the worst of the winter comes around, when you’re not using your boiler as much. That way, if your plumber does spot any problems, you won’t be left without heating and hot water while he fixes the issue at hand. Also, if you don't get your boiler serviced annually then any breakages won't be covered under warranty!
Keep Your Heating On Low
Sudden colder temperatures can freeze your boiler’s external pipe, which could stop your boiler in its tracks and leave you without hot water. By insulating the pipes or keeping your heating on constant low setting, it’s less likely to break down in the colder months.
Bleed Your Radiators
If icicles have started forming under your nose, there might be a problem with your central heating. Sometimes air can become trapped inside a heating system, meaning your need to bleed your radiators. Don’t panic, it’s not as scary as it sounds. All you need is a key that can slot into your radiator’s bleed valve. If your house still isn’t warming up after this, give us a call.
Keep Your Boiler Maintained
Make sure you service your boiler and keep it maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Check regularly for any warning signs such as leaks, cracks or noises as the sooner you can identify a problem, the easier it will be to fix. Remember, prevention’s better than a cure!
Turn Off Services When Property Is Unoccupied
If you do have an unoccupied property for longer than 30 days then it’s worth draining the water system and switching the utilities off. However, if it’s in the winter months then keeping your central heating system on at a minimum temperature can help prevent frozen pipes.
When to Call FIXAS
Fewer things are worse than arriving home to find that you’re without hot water or heating. Before panicking, check whether your home cover includes your boiler and whether it’s still covered under its warranty. If so, get in touch with your insurers or the manufacturer. If you’re kicking yourself because neither have been arranged, don’t worry.
Reach out to us by phone or email. We're easy. Let us know what the situation is with your boiler and we can arrange a visit within 60 to 90 minutes. Our engineers try their best to reinstate the hot water and heating. We will then produce a Report for you that will include: pictures, problems identified, recommendations made alongside a quote for further works.
We strongly recommended that a yearly service should be carried out on all gas appliances within a property in order to ensure that they are in a safe condition. Our Gas Safe Registered Engineers will inspect the system and controls to check:
- The boiler isn't corroding or leaking
- All of the main components underneath the cases
- The gas pressure
- That your boiler isn’t emitting any unsafe fumes
- That all the parts are clean; if they’re not, we’ll be sure to clean them
- If the seals on the case need changing
At the end of the day, we’ll be sure to provide you with a checklist of information and the boiler’s safety. That way, you may be able to prevent your system from freezing or breaking in the future, thus saving time and money. Just make sure you call us annually to give your boiler a service to be on the safe side. Have a warm winter!