We take it for granted that our gas boilers and heating systems will respond to our family’s needs and requirements during the cold winter months. During cold spells, the boiler has to work harder to reach the same optimum room temperature. If the household requests a temperature of 22 degrees, the boiler has to work harder if the outside temperature is -2 degrees than if it were a summer temperature of 10 degrees. Sudden increased usage adds to the work rate within the system and may quickly develop faults in boiler components, such as stuck pumps and stuck 3 way valves. Another common winter-related problem can be around the condensate pipe outside. If badly installed or not lagged, the condensate pipe is vulnerable to freezing and splitting.
Preventing Heating FailureHeating failure is not only bothersome but dangerous. Winter related deaths and illnesses in the UK run into the thousands. To prevent faults from developing when the boiler is needed most, there are a few things we can do. It’s vital that everyone has their gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year to prepare them for winter.
Only use a Gas Safe Registered EngineerGas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers and has replaced CORGI. UK law states all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register, click the link below for further information.Badly fitted and poorly serviced appliances can cause the following gas safety risks:
- Gas leaks
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
Top Gas Safety Tips
- Only use a Gas Safety registered engineer to fit, fix & service your gas appliances
- Always check the engineer's Gas Safe Register ID card
- Get your appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year
- Fit a carbon monoxide alarm
- If you think there might be a gas leak or notice any signs of carbon monoxide, call the National Gas Emergency number: 0800 111 999