Prepare your heating system for the winter

As soon as the weather starts to get colder, you’ll want to be able to turn on your heating to keep warm. To make sure the heating will work without any problems just when you need it, it’s best to start checking the whole system around September.

Start with the radiators

To make sure each one is warm all over and giving you the maximum output, you need to bleed the radiators to remove any air from the system. You’ll need a key, but these are readily available in any hardware department and it is something you can do yourself.

Slot the key into the end of the radiator, have a small bowl ready to catch any water, and turn the key. There will be a hissing sound which is the build-up of air being released, and then water will start to come out. Close with the key and move on to the next radiator.

After you’ve bled them all, check the pressure on the boiler as this might have dropped and need topping up.

Check your boiler

If your boiler also provides you with hot water, you will have been using it throughout the summer as well. Nevertheless, you should get it checked once a year and now would be a good time to do it, before you need heating as well.

If there are any problems with the efficiency of the boiler, if the water and gas pressures need adjusting or if there are any leaks, having it checked by the end of September will ensure that everything is up and running by the time it gets cold enough to turn your heating on.

You’ll want to have the radiators and the boiler in perfect working order by October each year, so it makes sense to have them checked well in advance so that if there are any problems they can be sorted out before winter sets in.

Call us at Barnfields on 07875 403 706 to check your heating system in September or any other time of the year.

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