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Preparing for winter: Why now is the best time to book a boiler service

As Summer draws to a close, and the noticeably colder Autumn months quickly approaching, Midwood Heating are here to provide you with some expert advice about how to ensure that you have your household adequately prepared... Book your boiler service today to avoid missing out by calling our heating engineers on 07833 494194 and we will schedule in a booking!

As heating engineers enter their busiest period of the year, it is hugely important that if you have not yet had your annual boiler service check this year, then you need to think about doing so very soon. Every year, as the temperature suddenly drops heading into October,  more and more customers encounter boiler breakdown due to a variety of different reasons such as frozen pipes, and having long periods with their central heating turned off throughout the summer. So, it is at this time we strongly advise you to make sure that your boiler and your home are ready for winter, and that you do so with Midwood Heating.

Why we think it is so important to prepare your house for Winter?

The worst time of year to experience any kind of issues with your boiler, is undoubtedly when it's the busiest. With colder temperatures, heating engineers' schedules become more and more hectic, and there is generally much less availability for emergency plumbing and heating repairs. If your boiler breaks down, it can leave you without any heating or hot water for an extended period of time, which is most definitely not ideal when the temperatures are so low. 

In conjunction with this, given the uncertainty of the UK government's COVID-19 regulations, it may be the case that much of the remainder of 2020 will have to be spent indoors. With an unprecedented number of people stuck in their homes for longer periods this year, it is without question that we are going to encounter much more boiler problems than usual. That's why it's of the utmost importance to get ahead of the curve and make sure that your boiler is prepared in the right way.

How can Midwood Heating help?

Midwood Heating suggest that you get one step ahead and make sure that your boiler is functioning perfectly in order to prepare for Winter. If you live in Norwich, or any surrounding areas such as North Walsham, Cromer, Sheringham, or Holt, then head over to our boiler repairs page where you can find out all you need to know about what sets out boiler repair service apart from our competitors. In this blog post, we have outlined a few common problems that our customers over the years have encountered during Autumn and leading up to the Winter months, and what you can look out for to ensure that your boiler is ready to withstand the cold!

Boiler making strange noises? 

It is important to stay vigilant of any unusual signs that might indicate that your boiler is in need of repair, or is not functioning at its most efficient level. This could include strange noises, such as kettling (a low rumbling noise that boilers can make from time to time) which is particularly common for boilers after a long period of inactivity during the warmer months. This sound is similar to that of boiling a kettle, and typically occurs when limescale and sludge accumulates on your boiler's heat exchanger over time. When limescale and sludge build up on the heat exchanger, the flow of water is restricted, causing it to overheat.

Check your boiler's pressure

Another thing you can look out for is low boiler pressure. This is much easier to spot, as all you need to do is to check the pressure gauge on the front of your boiler after turning it on again after it's been dormant. The pressure gauge should read 1.5-bar, but any lower than 1.0 would mean that your boiler has low pressure. The solution to low boiler pressure is bleeding your radiators to release any trapped air, however if the pressure still remains low, you should call in a Gas Safe registered engineer like one of ours to help you set it straight. 

Prepare for frozen pipes!

One of the worst things that can happen to your boiler is that the condensate pipe freezes in the sudden drop in temperature. Condensate pipes transport waste to the outside of your house, and if they freeze, it is likely that they could even end up bursting, which would lead to an expensive repair, that we want you to avoid. You can avoid freezing pipes by purchasing some pipe lagging from your local DIY shop at a minimal cost in order to insulate your pipes in preparation for Winter. 

Book your boiler service today!

For more information and advice or if you would like us to come out and service your boiler before we get busy, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help!