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Avoid a boiler breakdown with a regular check up

As the weather turns warmer many people will turn their thoughts away from their household heating systems and many people get caught out when they find their heating doesn’t work properly in the autumn and winter seasons. A Boiler Service Gloucester company such as can help to identify any smaller problems before they cause issues with your heating.  Fortunately there are some things you can do to ensure you avoid problems.

Regular servicing

The best way to avoid nasty surprises from your heating system is to ensure that it is serviced regularly. This has two advantages: it ensures the system will be good to go when you need it by checking for things such as leaks and faulty components, and it ensures the system is safe and not emitting deadly carbon monoxide.

People’s thoughts often turn towards servicing in autumn, which means you may struggle to book an engineer. It is worth thinking about getting your system serviced in the summer before you really need it, as engineers will be less busy. You might also think about taking out insurance or a service plan so that you don’t get any nasty surprises if there is a problem.

Everyday tips

You can help to keep your system in good condition by following a few simple tips. Bleeding your radiators regularly is an easy job you can do yourself and this will ensure that your radiators heat up evenly and help to reduce the strain on your boiler.

It is also a good idea to run your heating at least once a month, even over the summer. This prevents the system getting clogged with dirt and helps ensure that components such as the motorised valve don’t seize up through lack of use. It also helps you to spot problems before they become critical, enabling you to call someone out.

If you have a combi boiler and the condensate pipe runs outside the house, you may find that in winter the pipe freezes and the boiler shuts down. You can fix this problem yourself by gently heating the pipe ‒ use a hot water bottle or microwave heat pack ‒ to thaw it out. You can also pour warm water over the outside of the pipe, but don’t use boiling water from the kettle – this could cause the pipe to split. If you are not confident doing this yourself, call an engineer.