Now that autumn is almost upon us, it’ll soon be time to turn up the thermostat to beat the chill. But, the last thing you want on the first cold day of the season is to find that that your boiler has broken down, leaving you without heating or hot water.
While it’s easy to put your boiler to the back of your mind when you don’t need it, a little preventative maintenance can go a long way, and you’ll certainly appreciate it when the mercury drops later in the year. Here, I’ll share some essential summer maintenance tips that will help to drops later in the year. Here, I’ll share some essential summer maintenance tips that will help to make sure your home is well heated throughout the winter. Get your boiler serviced sooner rather than later If you do just one thing to maintain your boiler this summer, I’d definitely recommend getting a full service, as this will help to reduce the chances of a serious break down later in the winter. Naturally, a broken boiler can be much more disruptive if it happens when it’s freezing cold, so you’re much better off getting this sorted before you start to need the heating every day.During a service, your engineer will clean the internal systems, check for leaks and corrosion, carry out any maintenance repairs, and generally ensure that your boiler is functioning safely and effectively. All of this helps to ensure your boiler is ready to start working hard again when a cold snap hits. Annual servicing can help to prolong the lifespan of your appliance, which should save you money in the long run. Avoid disruption by making any major repairs now Occasionally, your engineer will discover more serious problems during a service, and may recommend more expensive repairs. Of course, no-one wants to be landed with an unexpected repair bill, but it’s much more convenient to get it sorted now than in three months’ time when the winter bites and you urgently need the heating. Plus, certain faults and leaks can reduce the efficiency of your boiler, which can make your utility bills much higher. So, it’s likely to be more cost-effective to get it sorted now than to run a leaky, inefficient boiler all winter.
It could also save you time. There’s less demand for engineers and plumbers at this time of year, while they’re often very busy through November to March. So, by carrying out any repairs in the warmer season, you won’t need to wait as long for an appointment, and you’re more likely to get a time and date that’s convenient for you.
Run the boiler for a short time
After working non-stop throughout the winter, our boilers are often completely switched off throughout the summer, which can make the boiler seize up and the pipes corrode. You can help to stop this from happening by running the central heating for an hour or two every so often through the warmer months. This will clear out any build-ups, prevent corrosion, and stop blockages and pressure problems throughout the pipes and plumbing.
If possible, it’s also worth running the boiler for a short time each day — just fifteen minutes should be enough to clear away the cobwebs and keep the heating and plumbing in good condition. If you’re concerned that this might make your house too hot, then turn off radiators in most of your rooms and leave them switched on in areas like the bathroom, where the extra heat may be needed to dry towels, for instance.
Consider taking out boiler cover for the winter
If you haven’t already got boiler cover in place, you should certainly consider taking out a policy. This will ensure that you have some protection in place if your boiler does break down and requires costly repairs during the winter. Many providers will offer their members fast emergency call outs, which can be a lifesaver if you wake up to a freezing house on the coldest day of the year. Some insurance providers may even cover the cost of a full boiler replacement, depending on your policy type.
You should be aware that some emergency home cover insurance policies will provide a form of boiler break down cover, so be sure to check the terms and conditions of your policy before you start to shop around.
Take these maintenance tips on board, and your boiler should be ready to keep your home warm and toasty all through autumn and winter.