Seven essential tips to prevent boiler breakdowns this winter

Every homeowner's worst nightmare during the frigid winter months is waking up to a cold home, the silent hum of a malfunctioning boiler serving as a grim reminder of its importance.
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Boilers, the unsung heroes of our households, provide us with the warmth and comfort we often take for granted.

As winter sets in, ensuring your boiler is in peak condition becomes a priority. An efficient boiler not only guarantees a warm home but also saves you from unforeseen repair costs.

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Mark McShane, a heating expert from Boiler Cover UK, provides homeowners with a comprehensive guide to keep boiler troubles at bay this chilly season.

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A heating engineer working on a boiler
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Armed with insights ranging from regular maintenance checks to understanding the boiler's age, McShane's guidelines are the shield every homeowner needs against winter's chill.

1. Regular Maintenance Checks:Routine inspections are paramount. Engage a certified technician annually, preferably before winter, to assess your boiler's health, ensuring early detection of potential issues.

2. Insulate the Pipes:Frozen pipes can be a boiler's nemesis during colder months. To prevent this, consider insulating your pipes, especially those outside or in colder areas of your home.

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3. Understand Your Boiler's Age:An older boiler is more prone to breakdowns. If your unit is over a decade old, consider a health check or even an upgrade to a more efficient model, ensuring uninterrupted warmth.

4. Keep the Pressure Right:A boiler's pressure gauge should be checked regularly. If it's too high or too low, it might cause the system to shut down. Familiarise yourself with the optimal pressure levels and adjust accordingly.

5. Ventilation is Key:Ensure the area around your boiler is clutter-free. Adequate ventilation is crucial for boilers to function efficiently and safely.

6. Use it or Lose it:Running your heating for about 10-15 minutes every week, even during off-peak seasons, can prevent moving parts from seizing up.

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7. Familiarise with Error Codes:Modern boilers come equipped with display panels indicating error codes. Understanding these can provide early warning signs, allowing you to seek professional help before a full-blown breakdown.

Key Takeaway

“As the temperature dips, homeowners should prioritise boiler health,” Mark McShane emphasises. “These tips are designed to equip homeowners with knowledge, ensuring a cosy and trouble-free winter ahead.”