10 Winter Tips to Prevent Boiler Breakdowns

10 Winter Tips to Prevent Boiler Breakdowns

There is nothing more important than a properly functioning Gas Heating Boiler during the winters and with predictions of a long winter this year, it makes logical sense for us to bring you a little boiler wisdom to see you through. Continue reading and find out how to prevent a boiler breakdown due to extreme low temperatures.


Always keep an eye on your heating

Always monitor the heating level of your boiler and remember that it is a bad idea to keep the heating on zero during a cold spell as it can damage the heating system by forcing it to work harder. You can save on the cost of repairs by preventing the boiler from freezing up and keeping it in a workable condition.


Read boiler Instructions

You might think it is boring but trust us it will prevent a boiler breakdown. Nearly all boilers come with manuals and to keep your boiler in shape always read the manual.


Make sure the Boiler is on

If your boiler is not working the first thing you need to check is if it is actually switched on. Then see if the electricity or gas supply has stopped. If the fuel supply is running then you need to observe the boiler’s pilot. If the pilot is out, reset the boiler manually. You can do it easily and don’t have call an engineer for it.


Check the Boiler Pressure

A drop in pressure can sometimes make combi boilers to stop functioning. When the boiler stops working always check the pressure dial, radiators and pipes for any leaks. You can increase the pressure manually if you can’t find a leak in your heating system. Always remember to switch off the boiler before adjusting the pressure. However, be careful as too much pressure can be dangerous.

Bleed the Radiators

You can feel cold patches on the radiator if air gets trapped and blocks the system. In such a situation you are required to bleed the radiator. However, if you can still feel the cold patches, the system might be clogged with sludge and would require a chemical flush by gas safe registered engineers.


Insulate the Condensate Pipe

In condensing boilers the condensate pipes can get blocked after freezing in very low temperatures. To prevent this you would be required to insulate the pipes.

If you have this problem repeatedly it is advised that you consider relocating the pipe internally or replace it with a wider pipe.

Thaw the Condensate Pipe

If unfortunately you have failed to prevent your condensate pipe from freezing then you would need to thaw it out. The best method to thaw is by placing a hot water bottle on the pipe. You can also pour hot water over the frozen pipe. Giving it a blow with a hair dryer or wrapping towel soaked in hot water can also work. You need to then reset the boiler.

Old Boiler means more Boiler care

Most boilers in England are 10 to 12 years old with depleted efficiency. If you also have an old boiler it is worth thinking about planning your finances for boiler care. The average cost of a boiler breakdown is estimated to be £235.37 and could go higher if it has more problems. To avoid this it is better to spend a decent amount on boiler care.


Get the Boiler Serviced before it’s too late

Regular boiler serving helps prolong its life and avoid untimely breakdowns.  Older boilers are more fragile which is why in order to keep them running you should have them serviced before the winter onslaught. Even the boiler manufacturers advise yearly boiler servicing.

Even when your boiler is functioning properly do not hesitate to get it serviced at the end of the winter season.

Call boiler experts before the boiler breakdown

Call Domestic & General Heating or fill the form on our website and our experts will get in touch with you at the earliest. Our surveyor can also conduct a free survey of your property to give you a no-obligation quote for the installation of a central heating system.