With the kids back at school and autumn fast approaching you need to stay warm this winter, now is the perfect time to check your boiler. While we have enjoyed the spring and summer, your central heating has not been on for the last 5 or 6 months. While we still use the boiler for hot water during the warmer weather, it may not necessarily mean the central heating is working. The last thing you want is, to turn your thermostat up and find your heating is not working just when you need it the most.
Inside a combi boiler is a diverter valve, which switches between hot water and central heating, depending which demand is being used. What can happen is, the diverter can sometimes stick in hot water mode as the central heating has not been used for a long period of time. This can be quite an easy fix, but if you leave it to late, then trying to get an engineer out during the busier times can be tricky. This can cause you to be without heating when you need it the most.
You can't avoid this if its going to happen. But what you can do is, turn your heating on for just 10 minutes every couple of days before the cold weather sets in. This way, if you have a problem, you can get an engineer out faster and you are not relying on your boiler to heat your home while a repair is carried out.
In short, Yes!!! You should get your boiler serviced annually anyway. A boiler service can potentially highlight any issue developing inside the boiler that you cannot see. A boiler service will ensure your boiler is operating correctly and safely. If you are having a boiler service carried out before the cold weather sets in, then any further maintenance, if required, can be carried out to ensure your boiler is in good working order ready for when you need it most.
If you need a new boiler then now is the best time to get this done. It allows you time to research boiler manufacturers and boiler installation companies. The first place you should always start your research is on the Gas Safe Register website. This will ensure the company/person is registered and qualified to be installing your new boiler. Second is, Which? who independently review all boiler makes and models. This gives you an honest review of each boiler. Third is, check out the boiler installation company on google, their website and social media. With the digital age, review platforms are fast replacing word of mouth recommendations and vitally important to any business. So, if you can't find any reviews then you need to look elsewhere. You can check out our New Boiler page here.
Matt Hughes is the Managing Director of Platinum Boiler Installations and his mission is to make boiler installations as simple and hassle-free for customers as possible. What Matt doesn't know about boilers simply isn't worth knowing! Connect with Matt Hughes on LinkedIn >>