Boiler Service18 September 20230

Preparing to turn on your gas boiler for Winter

🥶Preparing to turn on your gas boiler for Winter is an important task to ensure your heating system works efficiently and safely during the colder months.

 

Here’s a step-by-step guide:

 

🦺 Safety First

Before you do anything, ensure your home’s safety. Install and test carbon monoxide detectors if you don’t already have them. Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas produced by gas appliances, and it can be deadly if undetected. Also, make sure your smoke detectors are working correctly.

 

🗓 Schedule a Boiler Service

It’s a good idea to have your boiler professionally serviced annually before the heating season begins. This helps identify and address any potential issues and ensures your boiler is operating efficiently and safely. Click here to view prices and book a service with an Expert Heat gas-safe registered engineer.

🌡Check the Thermostat

Test your thermostat to ensure it is functioning properly. Replace the batteries if needed. Set the desired temperature for your home and re-familiarise yourself with how the controls work.

 

🔑Bleed Radiators

If your heating system uses radiators, bleed them to release trapped air. This will help them heat your home evenly. Use a radiator key and follow the instructions for your specific radiator type. Don’t forget to check the pressure on the boiler after bleeding radiators. It may need to be topped up slightly. The optimum pressure is 1 bar.

 

🛠Check for Leaks

Inspect the boiler, gas lines, and connections for any signs of gas leaks. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the gas supply immediately and contact your gas provider on 0800 111 999.

 

🧹Clear Vents and Chimneys and clean the area around your boiler

Make sure the vents and chimney for your gas boiler are clear of obstructions. Remove any debris, clutter, or flammable materials from the area around your boiler. Ensure that there is proper airflow. Proper ventilation is crucial to prevent carbon monoxide buildup.

🧰Check Gas Supply

Verify that your gas supply is turned on and that the gas meter is functioning correctly.

 

⏱️Set Boiler Pressure

Check the boiler’s pressure gauge and make sure it’s within the recommended range. If the pressure is too low or high, consult your boiler’s manual or an engineer for adjustment.

 

👨🏼‍🔧Plan for Regular Maintenance

Create a maintenance schedule for your boiler. Regularly check for issues like leaks, strange noises, or reduced heating efficiency. At Expert Heat we will remind you when your boiler is due a service/safety check

🔥 Test the System

Turn on your gas boiler and test the heating system. Allow it to run for a while to ensure it’s producing heat properly.

 

✔ Monitor Performance

Over the first few days of using your boiler, pay attention to how it performs. If you notice any unusual noises or a drop in heating efficiency, contact a gas safe registered engineer for further evaluation.

 

✅By following these steps, you can safely and efficiently prepare your gas boiler for the winter season, keeping your home warm and comfortable while minimizing the risk of issues or safety concerns.

tips for keeping warm this winter

If you need any help with your gas boiler in Wolverhampton and surrounding areas please give Expert Heat a call, we are gas safe registered, Worcester Bosch accredited installers and we specialise in the installation, service and breakdown of gas boilers.

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