Before winter sets in and temperatures begin to drop, it is absolutely essential that you check your heating system is in full working order to avoid receiving any unpleasant surprises! Here’s our quick guide to your 9 essential winter checks for your home’s central heating and hot water.
Don’t get caught in the cold! Check your central heating works before those winter months really kick in! After giving your boiler a proper break over the summer months problems with your system can arise, so it’s best to catch these early before temperatures get too low.
Turn on your heating and all your thermostats up to max value (including your individual radiator thermostats). This nifty trick will help you test whether your heating system is working to its full efficiency.
Once everything is up to full whack, it is a good idea to double check the temperature of all your radiators to see if they get hot. If not, this could be down to a faulty circulating pump, faulty zone valve or faulty room thermostat.
If you find that your radiators only get semi hot then they may need bleeding. If you have a pressure gauge make sure it is set to between 1-1.5 bar – be careful not to over-pressure it!
If only one or two radiators fail to heat, it might be that the thermostatic radiator valves themselves are sticking. Sometimes, removing the valve head and wobbling the pin will free the thermostat and fix the problem.
Check your water levels on your pressure gauge. If you have tanks in the loft you will need to check the pressure on the small roof tank next to the larger cold storage tank.
Always check lagging is intact in your loft if it contains pipework. This sort of thing can be dislodged when grabbing luggage or other items from the loft during those summer months.
Make sure your boiler and boiler system have been fully serviced and are safe for use. An annual service and gas safety check are the best ways to avoid boiler breakdowns. The best time for boiler services and safety checks are during the months leading up to winter as months of disuse can create problems that lead to pesky central heating failures.
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If you’d like to arrange for a boiler service with an SGS gas engineer, you can book an engineer by completing our online form. Alternatively, give us a call and one of our customer care team will be happy to help you with arranging your boiler servicing.
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