June 19, 2023

Tips for coping with a broken boiler [NEW]

The worst and most stressful time is when your boiler breaks down and you need to wait for a few days for a qualified heating engineer can come and repair it. At Pipeline Plumbing Services Ltd, we've compiled a list of tips and tricks which can help you if the unthinkable occurs. Learn what these are by reading through our blog.

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How to cope when your boiler breaks down

Consider using electric heaters

When your boiler breaks down, using an electric heater is a great alternative when it comes to heating your home. There are a variety of models available, ranging from tiny, portable fan heaters to bigger convectors and even oil-filled units that resemble standard.

If you're looking to purchase a few to keep multiple rooms in your house warm, whilst waiting for your boiler to get fixed, you can easily get some at a good price.

Use hot water bottles as needed

In instances like these, utilise your household equipment, such as the kettle. Hot water bottles are inexpensive to purchase and provide an excellent source of additional heat, especially when you are sleeping or watching TV.

Extra Layers are Recommended

Make sure to add comfortable layers such as tights, vests and even long-sleeved t-shirts underneath your jumpers and jogging bottoms. This is to ensure that you keep as warm as possible.  

Each extra layer you put on will help keep you warm when you do not have a functioning central heating system.  Every layer helps, so bring out all the spare blankets and duvets you have!

Prevent Draughts

Draught-proof your home is a great way to keep your home warm, even if your boiler is working. This is because cold air from the outside tends to leak in via small gaps and openings. Simple measures like shutting your curtains or doors may help prevent heat from escaping.

Drawing your curtains, at night, may help keep a room warm by minimising heat loss through the windows. To keep the heat in and prevent it from escaping through the gaps, use draft-stoppers or drape towels at the bottoms of your doors. Small measures like these may go a long way toward keeping your area a bit warmer for longer.

Preventative maintenance for the future

Once your boiler has been repaired, it is critical to undertake preventative maintenance practices to reduce the likelihood of future breakdowns. Here are some things you can do:

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Schedule regular servicing

Make an appointment with a trained heating engineer for annual or bi-annual servicing. Regular inspections and maintenance can detect any problems early on and keep your boiler working smoothly.

Bleed radiators

Over time, air can accumulate in your radiators, making them less effective at heating your home. Radiators can be improved by bleeding them or releasing trapped air. Open the air valve with a radiator key to release the trapped air. Keep a towel or container nearby to catch any water that may fall.

Check boiler pressure

Check your boiler's pressure gauge on a regular basis to verify it is within the recommended range. If the pressure is too low, review your boiler's owner's manual or contact a heating professional. If the pressure is continuously high, it may indicate an underlying problem requiring professional intervention.

Keep the boiler area clear

Keep the area surrounding your boiler free of obstacles and debris. Good airflow is essential for the optimal operation of your boiler. Avoid storing or cluttering the area around the boiler.

Know the warning signs

Familiarise yourself with potential boiler problems' warning indications, such as strange noises, leaks, or inconsistent heating. If you discover any problems, contact a competent heating engineer immediately.

You may extend the life of your boiler, improve its efficiency, and reduce the likelihood of future breakdowns by following these preventative maintenance practices. Regular maintenance will help you prevent costly problems and ensure a long-lasting heating system.

Get in touch

If you have a broken boiler and are based in Pulborough, Billingshurst or Storrington, get in touch with our Gas Safe registered engineers today by calling us on 01903 740538 or 07871 725133.

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