With winter fast approaching there are plenty of jobs around the home and garden that will need attending to before the cold sets in properly. Things like changing the setting on your thermostats and clearing leaves from gutters, for example, all help to keep your home and possessions in tip-top condition.
One job which you should start thinking about right now is your heating and hot water system. Some maintenance now will ensure that you don’t have to go without either if they break down during the winter months. But what should you do to get your radiators ready for winter?
Call in the Professionals
It’s always worth having your boiler serviced by a professional at this time of year. Indeed, if you have insurance that covers you for a breakdown of your boiler, having an annual service will most likely be part of the terms and conditions of the contract.
An engineer will check that all the parts are in good working order and replace any which are worn or damaged. As we get closer to the winter, engineers will get extremely busy, so it’s worth booking it in now. Make sure that your engineer has the correct certification, though. You can look at the Gas Safe Register to find registered engineers in your area.
Things You Can Do Yourself
Whatever type of radiators you have – flat panel, vertical or column radiators – there are some things that you can do yourself to keep them in good working order.
Make sure you bleed them to get rid of any air bubbles that may have built over while they’ve been switched off during the summer months. Depending on where the air bubble is, you could end up with the bottom half getting hot while the top half doesn’t.
Over time a chemical reaction occurs within your radiators that causes corrosion. This can lead to a build-up of debris internally and cause problems. You can buy an inhibitor to stop this reaction happening, and it’s worth adding some to your system if it’s getting on in years. Alternatively, you may decide to replace older radiators, and if you’re looking for new radiators before winter kicks in, try column radiators by Apollo Radiators.
So a few simple checks can ensure that your heating and hot water will see you right through till spring.