Winter can take a toll with your heating system, especially your boiler. The prelude to the cold winter months, in autumn, is the best time for make sure that your heating system is ready to handle the winter. Regardless of whether you need to fix or replace a boiler, then we’ve cut down on your website searching time with some tips to help you.
Can I handle it without professional help?
Of course, you can handle your boiler on your own, without having to go to a website and getting yourself an engineer. However, don’t go past basic checks, which include the following:
- Checking the credit on your repayment meter;
- Turning on gas appliances to check for a flame;
- Seeing if a fuse has been tripped, and;
- Reprogramming power, then turning the thermostat past 21˚C to force the boiler into action.
Is an annual service really necessary?
Yeah. It might seem a nuisance to have someone come in to service your boiler annually, but that’s better than having to spend cash to handle any problems that might pop up, problems that an annual service could’ve seen coming and stopped.
The boiler stops working in super cold weather sometimes.
Perfectly normal. Below-zero temperature can get condensate pipes, found on modern condensing boilers, to freeze over, which then causes the boiler to stop working. It’s a common complaint in particularly cold winters, and can be handled easily; just pour some warm water over the pipe.
Are smart thermostats worth it?
Flashy new thermostat models give greater control over your heating service via a network connected device like a smartphone or a tablet, and can track gas usage. The big brands promise impressive savings, but, as with anything else, results may vary. Overall, worth looking into, if nothing else.
Any tips on cutting down billing costs?
Boilers can account for up to 60% of annual energy bills, and even if you don’t have the heating up too high, the bill can still hit hard. Getting a high-efficiency boiler might be costly in the short term, but can save a lot of money in the long run. Other additional gadgets, like a programmable thermostat, and the like can also help cut down on costs. Just make sure that your home is properly insulated.