Living in London you’re not exposed to the elements on a daily basis – the capital tends to be warmer than other places in the UK due to the amount of buildings and protection from the weather. Hopefully you are fortunate enough to have a warm place to live so the winter doesn’t really affect your day-to-day life. However, it is easy to take a warm home for granted. So long as the central heating is working you don’t really question whether the system is working well or is in need of a tune-up. When the boiler breaks, however, it’s a different matter. Now you realise how much you rely on an indoor heating system when living in London. You also cannot predict just when you are going to need to put your heating on – according to the Met Office, snow fell in London on 25th September in 1895, making this the earliest date snow arrived in the capital. To prevent costly boiler breakdowns, and painful cold showers, here are some ideas for getting the best from your boiler.
Prevention is better….
Checking your boiler should be a task for the summer, and not left until the autumn or when winter is around the corner. By checking the boiler for faults in the summer you have time to fix any issues before you need the heating. You will also be able to get an engineer to come out more quickly when you call them in the summer. Put the task in your to-do list so it becomes an annual chore – you don’t have to spend much time on your boiler but it is worth making the effort.
Find the boiler manual and familiarise yourself with the basics – how to turn it on and off, what error codes mean, and how to raise and lower the heat. Check the pressure by looking at the pressure gauge, if the boiler has one. Look in the manual to find out what the correct pressure should be and adjust it if necessary. Turn the boiler on for a few hours, once a month, during the summer months. You may not need the heat but it helps to keep the boiler ticking over and prevents faults from developing from standing idle.
When something is wrong
Make a few quick checks that could save you some embarrassment when you call an engineer. Check that the appliance is switched on and all the connections to the water and electricity supplies are turned on. Check that the thermostat on the boiler is properly set and not too low, and that the clock timer is set correctly. Sometimes your boiler setting can get reset to factory if there is a power cut or if the clocks go forward or back. Make sure your pilot light is not out and if it is, relight it and see if this helps. You could try switching the boiler electricity supply on and off to see if this gets your boiler going again.
When you need extra help
If you’ve gone through the basic checks and you can’t see the problem, or you are concerned the boiler is leaking gas or using too much electricity, it is time to call in the experts. Calling an engineer for a maintenance check and repairs is better than waiting until the boiler has broken to do so. But if you are looking for emergency boiler repair in London BBS plumbing and heating are quick, reliable and professional. Get the number and keep them close to hand in case you need them.