Certain parts of the UK are facing severe winter weather conditions this year, and according to all forecasts, the worst is yet to come. While there is not a lot that you can do to prevent things like road disruptions, it is still possible to take measures to ensure that you will be comfortable and warm at home even when extreme weather sets in. Read on to learn about four key checks that every homeowner should make to their central heating system to minimise winter heating problems.
Check the water pressure
The pressure levels of your boiler are one of those things that get ignored until a breakdown occurs. This is particularly true in the case of combi boilers, which stop functioning whenever the water pressure falls below a certain level. You can find the water pressure indicator in your boiler’s front panel, and depending on the boiler’s make and model, the indicator will either be a digital display or a dial. Ideally, water pressure should be between 1 and 1,5 bars.
Check the timer clocks
The dial built into a boiler’s timer clock or programmer can easily get stuck, causing heating and hot water malfunctions and making your boiler difficult to control. Moreover, a malfunctioning timer can affect the efficiency of the whole heating system, and you may be faced with higher than usual energy bills at the end of the month.
Check the radiators
When the heating is on, check all radiators in your home and note any areas that are cold (usually at the top or the bottom). This suggests that air has built up inside and that the radiators need bleeding. Do not postpone this step, as sludge can accumulate inside the radiators and corrode the mechanism.
Insulate outdoor pipes
To avoid the inconvenience and expenses associated with burst or frozen pipes, insulate any pipes that are exposed to cold weather. You can do this yourself using foam, fibreglass or rubber.
Last but not least, ensure to have your boiler serviced before the cold of winter sets in. Boiler service checks are inexpensive and can help pinpoint any faults or potential problems that may have developed over the summer, so that you are not faced with unexpected breakdowns. At Moatside Plumbing & Heating, we can help you prepare your heating system for the winter with our extensive range of heating and plumbing services, including boiler servicing checks, boiler repairs, full installations, powerflushing, radiator repairs and installations, fitting solar panels and much more. If you live in the Northampton or Kettering areas, contact our experienced and qualified team and we will take care of all your heating and plumbing needs.