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How to Prepare Your Boiler for Winter

Posted on by Rudkin & Herbert Team

With winter in full force, and not looking like letting up any time soon, it’s hugely important to prepare your boiler for the frosty times ahead. The glacial conditions could cause numerous issues in your boiler system, from freezing the pipes to jamming internal components. Not only can this cause your boiler to fail in heating up your home during the worst conditions of the year, but even more concerning is the heightened risk of carbon monoxide poisoning that can occur as a result. Luckily, all of these issues can be avoided with a little preparation. Follow our tips to ensure that you’re kept safe and toasty this winter.

Freezing pipes

Frozen pipes are a common issue that accompany the winter months. The cold conditions freeze leftover water or moisture, causing the pipes to clog and leaving them prone to bursting.

This situation can be easily avoided with two small steps. The first is to insulate your pipes. This is a relatively easy procedure that can either be done yourself with a handful of foam tubes and duct tape, or undertaken by a trained professional. We believe that the latter is the better option, as the extra levels of efficiency and quality you receive from a professional will essentially remove any risk of frozen pipes or a damaged heating system. Either of these will cost significantly more to fix in the long run.

In addition, we recommend keeping your boiler operating at a constant low temperature instead of turning it off completely. The constant heat, although low, will keep the pipes warm enough to prevent them from freezing over.

Keeping your boiler running can also help prevent its internal components from malfunctioning. Many of these components can get jammed during the winter months as a result of the cold. Simply keeping the boiler running can help to keep these components in optimum condition.

Reduced pressure

Boilers are prone to losing pressure during the festive period. Handily, boilers possess a pressure gauge that accurately measure their current pressure, and so it’s vital you check this regularly. Your pressure gauge should comprise a series of bars coloured either red or green and should be pointed in the green area, ideally between 1 and 1.5 bar. It is most common for boiler pressure to fall during the winter months, but sometimes the pressure can rise. Use the filling loop to replenish your water if your boiler pressure is showing as too low. Bleed the radiators if your boiler pressure is showing as too high.

Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, tasteless, odourless gas that can manifest as a result of a malfunctioning boiler. Carbon monoxide can be deadly when inhaled, and with the heightened rate of boiler failure during the winter months, it’s imperative you have a working carbon monoxide detector nearby.

Call in a professional

Each boiler is different. While the advice we provide can be helpful to use as a guideline, it is always worth having a specialist take a look at your boiler specifically. They can provide an assessment and offer an individual report on any issues that need rectifying or managing this winter. They can also undertake any procedures that need attending to, such as insulating pipes or improving boiler pressure.

Here at Rudkin & Herbert we have a team of trained professionals who can assess and service boilers of all types, at any time of year. Give our friendly team a call today to learn more.