Timing Work To Your Heating System Wisely To Avoid Disruption
In Britain we have to wait for what feels like forever to feel the warmth of the sun on our faces; we are much more accustomed to braving the cold weather in the hope that the sun’s rays will make an appearance at some point.
This of course means that the central heating systems found in UK households are probably in action a great deal over the course of the year. This reliance can come at a price.
If you ever develop an issue with your heating system, the effect of the cold weather is felt even more keenly.
It can be a stressful time trying to get a heating engineer at short notice, especially considering that you are unlikely to be alone in experiencing problems with your boiler; if you wait till winter there will be lots of other people in the same boat also demanding immediate attention.
It sounds obvious, but as a homeowner it’s therefore a good idea to do everything you can to ensure that your heating system is available when you need it. The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to avoid any disruption in the performance of your heating system.
Firstly it is definitely worth arranging for your central heating system to be serviced annually. Having a qualified Stopcocks Gas Safe Heating Engineer look at your boiler (and any associated radiators or pipework) can go a long way to identifying that may need to be addressed before they escalate into larger (and more expensive) problems.
My recommendation is to arrange to have your boiler looked at when you do not need to rely on it to keep you warm. Consider having your local Stopcocks Woman Plumber look at your system in the summer or late autumn months. This way when the heating system gets turned back on in the colder autumn months, you will be confident that your boiler and radiators are going to work safely as required .
Arranging for a service to take place in the warmer weather months also ensures that there is likely to be less pressure in terms of finding a heating engineer to do the work – good heating engineers have very busy diaries in the colder months.
If the engineer identifies something that may need to be addressed further down the line, then you can plan to deal with it at a time that suits you. You will have time to shop around for the best price and service and schedule the work to take place at a time convenient to you. Of course if the heating engineer finds something that needs dealing with more pressingly, at least you can rest assured that your property will be working safely and efficiently in the near future.
A yearly service is highly recommended so it is worth pencilling into your wall or phone calendars to act as a reminder. A boiler service does not cost much and in the grand scheme of things and can save a lot of stress and heartache further down the line.
This advice also covers you if you have been planning on having a new boiler installed in your property. For the same reasons as listed above for service work, it makes a lot more sense to introduce or replace new elements within your central heating at a time of the year when you can live without your heating. It may not be at the front of everyone’s minds, but why not arrange for a new boiler to be installed during the summer months when other people are on holiday. This way the impact of the system being turned off will be minimal. It will also make it easier to find a heating engineer that can come out to install the boiler – you may struggle to get one that isn’t dealing with emergency repair work during the cold weather months.
If you can plan to arrange for all servicing, repair and installation work to be carried out in the summer, then you are a lot more likely to get a good deal, prompt service and more importantly, you will be ensuring that your system is ready and raring to go when you need it later on in the year.
About the author: Working for http://www.directheatingsupplies.co.uk, Tom Key has copious experience of writing about a wide range of heating and plumbing topics.