Check your Plumbing and Heating for the Colder Weather

Plumbing and Heating

With the colder weather fast approaching, it’s important to check that your plumbing and heating system are functioning correctly.

This can help to prevent any unnecessary faults during the winter, which could leave you without heating or hot water.

Set the Water Pressure
This is often an area that is overlooked until the boiler stops working. With combi boilers it can become a major issue, as they won’t work when the pressure goes under a specific level. The indicator for your water pressure will be in the front panel of the boiler, as either a dial or a digital screen. The ideal level is from 1 to 1.5 bars.

Make Sure the Timer Works
Most boilers are fitted with a timer system that enables the heating or hot water to come on or off at certain times. With some systems, the dial can become stuck, which leads to problems operating and controlling it. This will also reduce the heating efficiency, leading to increased costs. Check that the dial can turn all the way round and test it switching on or off at various times to ensure it’s working properly.

Bleed the Radiators
This is a quick and simple task, but many householders forget that it can improve the efficiency of their heating. Run the system before it gets too cold to check that all the panels are working effectively. If there are any that have cold areas, generally at the bottom or top, these will require bleeding. This is due to air that has built up and is preventing the radiators from heating up correctly. If you don’t do this, it can cause sludge to collect in the system, which leads to corrosion.

Exterior Insulation
Outdoor pipes can be particularly susceptible to the colder weather. Frozen or burst pipes can cause damage to your property, as well as the plumbing system. Any outdoor pipes need to be insulated, which should prevent any problems occurring. This is an easy process to carry out using foam, rubber or fibreglass insulation.

Book a Boiler Service
These checks can all be carried out yourself, but it’s also important to have your boiler professionally serviced on a regular basis. This is a cost-effective measure when compared to the costs of parts and labour if your boiler was to break down. A service will also pick up any potential issues before they become a major problem. Not only could this save you money, but it can also prevent you being without heating or hot water for long periods of time.

Even if you follow all these measures, issues with boilers can still arise. It would be beneficial to have the details of a fully qualified plumber to hand in case of an emergency. A&J Building can help you fit, repair and maintain all types of heating and plumbing work. For more information, call us today on 01506 437 771.