Boiler faults can happen at any time, but it’s during the winter that homeowners will be concerned. After all, it’s at this time of the year that heating will be used the most.
And if you’re a landlord, you’ll want to ensure you don’t have to pay out extra money on heating systems in your rented property. Over the Christmas period call-out charges can double, so by following expert advice you could save quite a bit of money.
In fact, boiler faults can be avoided simply by having regular checks. Mark Emmett, regional services manager at E.ON, says that preventative checks are the best ways to ensure boilers remain efficient and healthy throughout winter.
He said: “We would always advocate that people have the boiler and central systems checked once a year”, also mentioning that qualified engineers can make the boiler safe.
However, you don’t always need a registered engineer to make sure your boiler’s working correctly. You can carry out minor inspections yourself, such as checking the controls and temperatures and looking at the pressure.
In the winter, frozen pipes are a big problem and Mr Emmett suggests setting the gauge to at least a bar and a half. This will protect you in case there’s a really cold period.
But it’s not just these minor problems that hit boilers in the middle of winter. Unfortunately boiler breakdowns are a common issue, especially with older, inefficient models. In some cases it’ll be financially better to install a new boiler. This will lower your heating bills, and mean your boiler is less likely to breakdown for 15 to 20 years.
The comments from Mr Emmett come following an announcement that fuel poverty is now a problem for 6.6 million people in the UK. By installing a new boiler you’ll be reducing your bills by hundreds of pounds every year, and avoiding fuel poverty.