How do I prevent my boiler breaking down?

Statistics are up on burst pipes and boilers breaking down just when you need them the most. Winter is when you really rely on your heating system and having it fail on a cold evening or worst of all, at Christmas, is a nightmare.

The trick to not having your boiler break down at a critical moment usually comes down to prevention. It’s a good idea to have your boiler serviced regularly, or even just a little maintenance when your boiler needs it most. This could help you avoid that nasty repair bill should you need an emergency call out.
Many households have different types of boilers, one of the main types is a condensing boiler. They are much more efficient than other types of boiler, but generally need more looking after. This is because they are more likely to be affected by very low temperatures and freeze up. So if it is an icy cold day and your boiler isn’t heating up, it could be because your pipes are frozen.

Other obvious signs of a failing boiler is no hot water, or the heating not working as it should. If the boiler is taking a long time to heat up or the water doesn’t get hot it could mean your boiler is heading straight for a breakdown. If there is a problem with the pilot light, for example if it is orange or yellow this is shows your boiler is leaking carbon monoxide and you need to call a heating engineer immediately. Boiler pressure can be another obvious issue – if you find that the pressure is too high or too low or even fluctuating between the two this indicates a fault somewhere, most likely a leak in the system somewhere. Strange noises like a bang or a tick or your gas bill shooting up also can indicate your boiler is in urgent need of a service.

If you do have a condensing boiler and are worried about it freezing how the cold weather is upon is, we have a few tips on avoiding getting your pipes iced up! First up – keep your heating on a constant low temperature can make sure the pipes never reach freezing point.

Despite your best efforts the pipes may freeze anyway – if this does happen you should place a hot water bottle on the pipe. This should gradually defrost the pipe without damaging it. You can also try pouring warm water on it if you don’t have a hot water bottle. This should get your heating back up and running.

If your pipes continuously freeze it may be worth considering some more permanent fixes, as always having to defrost your pipes isn’t a long term solution. You could consider moving the pipe to a warmer place, somewhere where it is more protected from the elements, or having replacing the pipe with a larger diameter. You could also install insulation. If you have already tried these solutions the only choice you have left is to get an engineer in to have a look at the whole system, as the problem might be somewhere else.

If you have given up and need to call an engineer to sort out your heating issues, give APG Domestics a call. They offer boiler service in Preston with great service for affordable rates.

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