Has your boiler seen its last winter?

Nov 25, 2017 | Boilers, Heating & Plumbing, PBT Installations

Boiler problemsIt might be controversial, but we think that the last week of November officially hails the arrival of Christmas. As you read this, trees are assembled, festive lights are switched on and decorations are taken out of dusty attics. The frosty mornings and short days only intensify this building excitement. After all, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the cold weather (unless you live in Australia, that is). However, there are a few things that can dampen the Christmas spirit… Namely, undercooked turkeys and a broken boiler.

Winter walks are all well and good, but who wants to be shivering in their own home? Thankfully, there are precautions you can take to minimise the risk of your boiler breaking down unexpectedly. Firstly, you should ensure that your boiler is serviced annually. Gas Safe registered engineers can spot potential problems a mile off, so regular maintenance is a must.

Why you should have your boiler serviced this winter

Over the winter period, it is doubly important that you have a resilient boiler. When temperatures drop below zero, water in the pipes can freeze solid. If the condensate pipe (which removes steam and condensation) freezes shut, this may prevent your boiler from working at all. If your model is over ten years old, it may be worth replacing entirely. In older models, corrosion and rust can rot through internal components, causing leaks and mechanical failures. In contrast, modern combi boilers are reliable and quiet, as well as highly energy efficient. By replacing your current boiler with an A-rated model, your gas bills could be slashed.

Here at PBT Installations, we’re always happy to improve the performance of your existing heating system. However, we also supply and fit boilers from market leading manufacturers, including Vaillant and Intergas. Don’t chance it; get your boiler serviced before December. No-one wants to be left out in the cold at Christmas.


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