Even if you haven’t been up to your attic this weekend to bring down the Christmas decorations, it’s a great time of year to get in the holiday spirit. For those of you who have children, you’ve probably already begun making plans for Christmas dinner, Christmas shopping, and seeing Santa if you have the opportunity. Is there anything on your Christmas to-do list that you haven’t completed yet? You don’t give much thought to your heater until it stops working. However, no one wants to feel sluggish at this time of year! Here’s our advice on staying warm this winter.
We always recommend checking your heating system before the cold weather sets in. But don’t think it’s too late since it snowed already within some areas of the UK! Even though Christmas is about a week away, you still have time to make sure your boiler is ready for the holidays and the New Year.
Even though our heating technicians are busy this time of year, you can count on Elite Group to be there for you when the temperatures drop.
The following Winter inspections will help you ensure that your boiler and heating system are ready to go when you need them:
The temperature should be raised
Turn up the heat on your radiators and boiler to the maximum level for 15 minutes to make sure everything is operating properly. This should point up anything that isn’t operating properly.
There is no need to wait until the end of the year for this exam to be completed. There’s still time to catch any faults and save your boiler from breaking down when you need it most during the colder months.
Is there a chilly spot on your radiators that is bothering you?
If you see chilly patches on the top of your radiator, the most likely cause is a buildup of air. Your heating system is very common to have a lot of air in it, and it’s typically very straightforward for you to fix it yourself. Radiators are usually the key to staying warm, so this is a fix you should certainly stay on top of!
In order to ensure optimal heating effectiveness, bleed the radiators. It’s another nice habit to get into as the weather gets cooler, but there’s no reason why you can’t start now. You may learn more about how to bleed radiators in our other blog.
Ensure that the boiler’s pressure is enough
Check your boiler pressure when it has cooled down. A dial on the boiler normally indicates this, and it should be between 1 and 1.5 in order for the boiler to function at its best.
Are there any signs of low pressure or a reading of less than 1 on the gauge? No need to be alarmed! Use your boiler’s handbook or check out our blog for everything boiler pressure related.
In temperatures below zero, be on the lookout for a frozen condensate.
During the winter, this is one of the most typical issues with heating. There is a danger that if any of your plumbing is outdoors, it may freeze in very low conditions.
Has there any other way to tell whether your condensate pipe is frozen? It’s possible that your boiler is creating a gurgling sound, or that it is exhibiting the ‘EA’ error number on its digital display.
Fortunately, this is another issue that can often be resolved without involving outside assistance. If you’re unsure, always contact a Gas Safe Engineer for assistance.
Make sure there are no unexpected surprises this holiday season by having your boiler serviced regularly.
Our recommendation is to have your boiler serviced on a regular basis. Even if this article has just reminded you to arrange your boiler servicing, it’s OK to do it before the cold weather sets in. Every day of the year, we’re here to make sure your boilers are running at their peak efficiency. To ensure the safety of your family and the proper functioning of your boiler, you should get it serviced every year.
As a landlord, you must ensure that your gas appliances are inspected every year.
Let us help you with staying warm this winter!
Heating specialists at Elite Group are here to make sure you are staying warm this winter. Get your heating system fixed as soon as possible if you notice a nagging problem. Make sure your boiler and heating systems are in working order.
If you don’t want to get cold during the holidays, you’ll need to plan beforehand.