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How To Prepare Your Boiler For Winter

There are various ways you can prepare your boiler and central heating system for the coming winter.

Preparing your boiler for winter is essential to ensure it runs efficiently and reliably during the colder months. Neglecting boiler maintenance can lead to increased energy consumption, higher heating bills, and even breakdowns.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to prepare your boiler for winter!

Schedule your annual boiler service
It’s crucial to have a Gas Safe registered engineer inspect your boiler each year or before winter. We’ll will check for any issues, clean components, and ensure that it’s operating safely and efficiently. We recommend an annual boiler service to be completed in the late summer or early autumn to avoid last-minute problems however we can schedule your boiler service to suit you.

Check for Leaks
Inspect the boiler and the surrounding pipes for any visible leaks. Address any leaks promptly, as they can lead to water damage and reduced efficiency. If you find any leaks, contact our friendly team and we can arrange a service to inspect any issues.

Bleed Radiators
You should bleed radiators if you notice any cold spots to remove any trapped air. Air in the system can reduce heating efficiency. Use a radiator key to open the bleed valve and release air until water starts flowing steadily.

Inspect Vents and Flues
Ensure that all vents and flues are clear of debris and obstructions. Blocked vents can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide build up. If you have a chimney, consider having it professionally cleaned and inspected.

Check Thermostat Settings
Check that your thermostat is working correctly and set to an appropriate temperature for winter. If you have a programmable thermostat, consider programming it to lower the temperature when you’re away from home and raise it when you’re back to save on heating costs. You could even consider installing smart controls as these can be connected to your mobile phone allowing you complete control of your heating whether you in or out the house.

Check the Water Level
Ensure that the boiler’s water level is within the recommended range. Low water levels can damage the boiler’s heating elements and reduce efficiency.

Insulate Pipes and Boiler Room
Insulate exposed pipes to prevent freezing during extremely cold weather. Additionally, if your boiler is located in an unheated space, consider adding insulation to the room to minimise heat loss.

Stock Up on Fuel
If your boiler runs on oil or propane, make sure you have an adequate supply to last through the winter. Consider signing up for automatic delivery from your fuel supplier to avoid running out.

By following these steps and getting a professional, frequent inspection, you can ensure that your boiler is ready to handle the demands of winter, providing you with reliable and efficient heating throughout the season. Regular maintenance not only keeps your home warm but also extends the lifespan of your boiler and helps you save on energy costs.

If you have any further questions or would like to book in for a boiler service, contact our team today!


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