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Prepare Your Boiler For Winter

Autumn has well and truly begun! The temperature is dropping and the rain is back! This is the perfect time to give your boiler a little TLC to ensure it is working efficiently and reliably for the coming winter. We have listed some of Belfast Heating Services’ Top Tips on how to prepare your boiler for winter to make sure you can #BeWarmBeSafe.

How to prepare your boiler for winter

Top Tips On How To Prepare Your Boiler For Winter:

SERVICE YOUR BOILERBoiler services

An annual boiler service is crucial to ensuring your boiler works as efficiently and effectively as possible. A boiler service, allows our expert engineers to check the components of your boiler for any deterioration that may cause damage to your boiler and system. An annual boiler service can help prevent any unnecessary boiler breakdowns which could really help you save money later down the line. In order to prepare your boiler for winter, be sure to get your boiler service conducted by a B.H.S Oftec and Gas Safe registered heating engineer to ensure the safety of you and your family.

INSULATE YOUR PIPESPipe insulation

During the winter months, standing water in your pipework can freeze. This can cause your pipes to freeze which will cause your boiler to stop working. Insulating your pipes or keeping your heating on at a constant low temperature can help to prevent this from happening. Use the months ahead of winter to ensure your pipework is insulated and prevent unwanted frost from forming during the winter months. Should the water in your pipework freeze, you can defrost them simply by pouring over warm water them. If you would like more advice regarding frozen pipes or defrosting your pipes call Belfast Heating Services to talk to our friendly advisors.

FIT A CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is odourless and tasteless therefore easy for a leak to go unnoticed. Carbon monoxide leaks are very serious and can be potentially fatal if you’re unknowingly exposed to large amounts of  a for long  periods. Due to the more common use of your boiler more during the winter months, it’s worth investing in a Carbon monoxide alarm as regular smoke detectors will not detect carbon monoxide in your home. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm in your home is quick and easy to do and could potentially save your life. Belfast Heating Services stock a range of cost-effective carbon monoxide alarms can can easily install one for you, call B.H.S now to discuss this easy but effective way for protecting you and your family.

CHECK YOUR PRESSUREBoiler pressure

A common cause of loss of heat from your heating system is the boiler pressure dropping. Your boiler should typically have a pressure found between 1 and 1.5 bar. When your boiler loses pressure, this can have an impact on efficiency levels and it’s therefore advised that this is rectified as soon as possible. If your pressure is dropping or has dropped, it’s likely that you’ll experience a reduced supply of hot water around your system. To avoid this from happening, it’s advised that you keep an eye on your boiler pressure, if the pressure drops you can increase this using the filling loop.

If your boiler pressure is constantly dropping or increasing, We advise that you seek the advice of one of Belfast Heating Services’ Gas Safe registered heating engineers.

CHECK YOUR RADIATORSBleed Radiators

Before the winter months arrive, it’s a good idea to test run your heating system and conduct a check on your radiators. If your radiators are cold towards the bottom when calling for heat, you may have trapped air within the radiator. To remove this, all you’ll need to do is to bleed the radiator. If you would appreciate some advice on this matter call B.H.S to speak to an engineer today.

However, cold spots on radiators can be an indicator of larger problem. Sludge build up and dirty water passing through your heating system is associated with cold spots on radiators and can cause poor performance and even result in boiler breakdown. Therefore, if you find bleeding the radiators has not solved the problem, your system may need to be powerflushed. It is  imperative that any such issues are fixed as soon as possible to prevent any costly boiler breakdowns. Powerflushing is a service which Belfast Heating Services can provide, call us now to speak to one of our engineers.

BE PREPARED IN THE RUN UP TO WINTERWinter

In the months approaching winter it’s a good idea to test your boiler is working properly by running it for a few hours one evening before cold weather sets in. This will allow you to check your system is running correctly and ensure gas safety.

Keeping your boiler healthy over the winter, will help your #BeWarmBeSafe. Regular maintenance will also make your heating system much more cost effective, as your boiler will be running more efficiently.

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Tips For Summer Boiler Care

We’re all enjoying this lovely warm weather we are getting across Northern Ireland this Summer boiler caresummer. During summer it’s easy to forget about our boilers, we turn off the heating and don’t give it a second thought until the winter months arrive and we need them again. However, at Belfast Heating Services we would like remind you about the importance of keeping your boiler serviced and well-maintained ready for the switch on when the cold weather turns.

Issues That Can Arise With Your Boiler During the Summer

1. Dirt and Dust Gathering in the System

Having your boiler system turned off and idle for long periods of time can lead to dust and dirt gathering within the system. The accumulation of dirt and grit in your boiler can lead to more serious problems such as; pipe corrosion, blockages in the system and less efficient running of the boiler. To help prevent dust and dirt gathering within your boiler, it is recommended you switch on your boiler once a month during the warmer months,you can set a reminder or use the boiler’s timer system to regularly switch the boiler on.

2. The Valves within the System Can Become Jammed

Thermostatic Radiator Valves can become jammed if they’re left closed for too long during the summer months. This means when you try to re-open the valves they may not function correctly. Don’t take the risk of leaving the valves closed for long periods of time, regularly open the valves to help prevent them from jamming shut. It is also recommended that you turn your radiators on once a month in order to allow warm water to flow from the boiler through the system.

Tips For Summer Boiler Care

When the cold weather comes around, all across Northern Ireland, boilers will be fired up to help us escape the cold. This is when any faults or issues with your boiler will come to light, right when you need it most. The first sign of cold weather tends to be the busiest time for heating services, therefore, be smart this summer and have your boiler seen to by a Belfast Heating Services engineer. You may also try these simple tips to prevent any unnecessary damage to your boiler:

  • Switch your boiler on once a month.
  • If your boiler is over 10 years old, summer is a great time to have it replaced.
  • If you suspect any issues, call B.H.S to have our engineers call out and fix any problems before the cold weather hits.
  • Remember to turn on your radiators periodically to all the Thermostatic Radiator Valves to open, preventing them from jamming.
  • The summer is an ideal time to service your boiler to prevent any faults and ensuring your boiler is running as efficiently as possible before the winter season. Unserviced boilers have an increased risk of releasing carbon monoxide. Call B.H.S to arrange your summer service to ensure the safest and most efficient running of your boiler for you and your family.

Be Warm, Be Safe.

 

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Easy Steps to Prevent Boiler Breakdowns and Repairs

Boiler breakdowns and repairs can prove to be an unnecessary cost that can be put off with simple yet effective advice from your local heating experts here at B.H.S. On this article Belfast Heating Services will provide you with their top tips to avoid future boiler repair and breakdowns.

1. Annual Servicing

Boiler breakdownsBoilers are like people, they need to look after their health to maximise their performance and durability. Giving your boiler an annual service will reap you the rewards avoiding boiler breakdowns and repair. It will last longer and work far more efficiently, thus saving you money as well as worry and stress. Not only will our boiler specialists at Belfast Heating Services check the necessary safety of your boiler but also we will carry out performance checks maximising performance of your boiler. Call the B.H.S team today on 02895 219226 and let us ensure you stay warm and safe.

2. Boiler Pressure

Boiler breakdownsYour boiler will not run properly if the pressure is too low. The right pressure is vital for your boilers health. It is easy to check the boiler pressure on your gas heating system as there is a dial on the front of the boiler. For oil boilers this is a little more tricky as oil pressure is set from the oil pump. If you feel pressure is an issue for your boiler contact Belfast Heating Services today and let our boiler repair specialists put your mind at rest.

3. Bleed Radiators

Boiler breakdownsIf you find your radiators are not heating up properly, you may need to bleed them. When you bleed your radiator you release trapped air which prevents them from filling correctly which keeps part or all of your radiators cold. When you ensure your radiators are working properly you are extending the lifespan and performance of your boiler. If you need your radiators balanced call Belfast Heating Services and we can help have your heating system working to the highest efficiency it should be thus keeping your home warm and safe.

4. Pipe Insulation

Boiler breakdownsPrevention is easier than a repair so lag your pipes. Northern Ireland’s weather is notorious for change so here at B.H.S we recommend that you insulate your pipes. If you have visions of being on your hands and knees with yards of material, don’t worry. Most good D.I.Y shops sell ready made pipe insulation that slip over your pipes in a matter of minutes. If this is something you cannot see yourself doing then phone the B.H.S team and we can help you. Be Warm, Be Safe.

5. Power Flush

 

Boiler breakdownsBoiler breakdownsA power flush does a power of good. As time flies past us, sludge and debris build up in your boiler system which has a natural negative effect on your boiler efficiency. You can have it deep cleaned by Belfast Heating Services carrying out a power flush on your central heating system. This will clear out the muck and sludge from the pipes and radiators ensuring you get maximum heat at a lower cost. This power flush will also prolong the life of your boiler thus preventing any unnecessary boiler breakdowns and repairs. Call Belfast Heating Services on 02895 219 226 and let our specialists look after your heating system with a power flush.

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Common Causes of Boiler Repair and Breakdowns

Boiler RepairHaving trouble with your central heating system? Let B.H.S talk you through the common issues we hear from our communities around Belfast and Northern Ireland. Your heating and hot water are completely dependent on your boiler, this makes it the nerve centre of your home. Choose to neglect it could result in needing a boiler repair or a new boiler installation. Be Warm, Be Safe.

No Heating or Hot Water

Have you found yourself in the unfortunate state of no heat or hot water, this could be caused by a few things airlocks, failure of motorised valves, thermostat issues, or low water levels. All these problems can be resolved, B.H.S can carry out boiler repairs on any central heating systems and ensure your home is warm again in no time.

Radiators Don’t Heat Up

Are your radiators not heating or are only heating up at the bottom? This is because of a build-up of air, rust in the pipes, or possibly even a fault with the pump. Belfast Heating Services recommend you try bleeding your radiators, and if that doesn’t improve things you may need a power flush, if this is the case call B.H.S on 02895 219 226.

If some of your radiators are not getting hot at all but others are lukewarm, they will need balancing. This involves adjusting the valves on all of your radiators to ensure they are all getting enough hot water. You can try this yourself, or call in B.H.S to help you.

If balancing your radiators does not work, you may have a problem with sludge building up and stopping hot water getting to some of your radiators. This can be resolved by a professional and involves chemically cleaning or flushing the system. Our power flushing experts can have your radiators piping hot again and we will bring the warmth back into your home again.

Boiler Turns Off

Your boiler could turn off due to low water pressure, a frozen condensate pipe, air in the system, a faulty pump or even problems with the thermostat.

If you encounter this problem in the winter, you may need to thaw your condensate pipe. You could also try bleeding your radiators to remove air in the system. If your water pressure is low is may be because of work going on in your area, so you could also check this before going any further.

Pilot Light Keeps Going Out

The pilot light may keep going out because of a faulty thermocouple stopping the gas supply, a draught blowing out the pilot light, a deposit build-up, or damaged seals. You may want to check that there are no problems with your gas supply, for example if the gas valve is on but the boiler is not receiving gas. If none of your other gas appliances are working you should contact your gas supplier. Otherwise, you can try relighting the pilot light yourself – just follow the instructions in your boiler’s manual carefully. If all else fails, contact a Gas Safe registered engineer from Belfast Heating Services and let our boiler repair specialists look after your heating.

Noisy Boiler or Central Heating

Central heating and boilers can make all sorts of strange noises such as banging and gurgling. If you hear a rumbling noise which sounds a little like a kettle boiling, this is called kettling, and it happens when there is a build-up of lime scale that restricts the flow of water in the heat exchanger. This can cause the water to overheat and steam or boil, and that’s what causes the kettle-like noises. Kettling causes your boiler to have to work harder, which can shorten your system’s lifespan.

Air in the system is also a common cause of noise. You can remove lime scale and air by bleeding your radiator or power flushing your pipes. If the problem persists, it’s best to call in Belfast Heating Services and let us repair the damage.

Thermostat Not Working Properly

Thermostats deteriorate over time, so if yours is a little on the old side it could be the cause of problems in your central heating system.

If the thermostat is no longer accurate or doesn’t turn the heating on or off when it should, it may be time to get a new one. But first, check that it is in the on position and that the time and schedule settings are correct. B.H.S can replace your old thermostat and bring you into the 21st century.

Boiler Leaks or Drips

Boiler leaks could be caused by lose connections or broken parts inside the boiler, such as the pump seal or pressure valve. The boiler pressure may be too high, or the pump seal may need replacing. If there is a leak around the pipes or the tank you may be dealing with corrosion or a system that hasn’t been fitted properly. Whatever the cause of a leak, you’ll need a B.H.S professional for this one to carry out a boiler repair – don’t try to fix a leaking gas boiler yourself. Be Warm, Be, Safe.

Boiler is Losing Pressure

If your boiler is losing pressure, this could be caused by a water leak or it could be a problem with the expansion vessel. If you’re feeling confident, you may be able to re-pressurise the boiler yourself by following the instructions in your manual. Otherwise, leave it to Belfast Heating Services and let our boiler repair experts complete the task safely and cost effectively.

Need Help?

You may find you can resolve a boiler or central heating problem easily on your own, for example by bleeding your radiators. However, if you see your problem above and the solution is more complex, there’s no need to struggle alone. Don’t try to fix anything if you don’t feel confident in doing so, this can result in costly repairs – Belfast Heating Services is on hand to help get your boiler back up and running with a cost effective boiler repair. We can even install a brand new boiler for you if yours cannot be repaired. Call the Belfast Heating Services team today on 02985 219 226 and let your local heating experts take care of you. Be Warm, Be Safe.