Preparing your boiler for winter! We are fully into autumn now and if you haven’t already, now would be a good time to make sure your boiler is ready for winter when you need it most. A faulty boiler could pose a risk by leaking deadly carbon monoxide gas so an efficient, well maintained boiler not only provides peace of mind, but can save you money too.
If you have an inefficient boiler, you may be eligible for a free boiler too. The criteria for eligibility includes:
- A household income of less than £16,010 that receives tax credits
- If you receive a pension credit or income support, have children, a disabled person in the household, or are over 60.
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If you are not eligible for a free boiler, but you need to replace your boiler, there are many types of boilers out there to suit every home. New boilers can be quite a costly lump sum but there are pay monthly plans available: https://hasslefreeboilers.com/cheapest-pay-monthly-boilers/.
If you are not eligible for a free boiler, but your boiler doesn’t need replacing, then it is advisable to maintain it regularly. Here are some top tips:
- Annual service – even if your boiler appears to be working, it is worth having it serviced by an engineer listed on the Gas Safe Register.
- Use regularly – turn the boiler on regularly to prevent boilers from seizing up. Ten to 15 minutes now and again through the summer months is sufficient to keep it ticking over.
- Bleed the radiators – if your radiators are colder at the bottom than the top, you will likely have air trapped in the system. Release the air by ‘bleeding’ the radiators.
- Pressure – check the pressure gauge and top up if required as boilers will lose pressure if your radiators have been bled or just generally over time, which can cause it to run inefficiently.
- Gas safety – as mentioned earlier, carbon monoxide can be deadly so protect yourself by getting a carbon monoxide detector. Put it near the boiler and check to make sure it works on a monthly basis.
Hopefully these tips will help you have a nice warm winter to come.
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