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Is your boiler ready for the winter months?
Now that winter is almost upon us, it makes sense to check your boiler is in tip-top condition. No one wants to spend the coldest months of the year without any central heating, so it’s vital to be sure that your boiler isn’t going to break down on you.
Checking it out
Make sure you get your boiler serviced annually to ensure it’s still running as it should be. If you haven’t already done so it makes sense to get it serviced now, as it means that any issues will be sorted out before the worst of the winter sets in. An expert can check the pressure of the gas, test the flue, and look for any damage that could affect how well your boiler works. They can also check that your boiler is operating safely and that there’s no evidence of a carbon monoxide leak.
However, if your boiler is over 10 years old, getting it serviced may not improve how it’s running. You may want to consider upgrading to a more modern condensing boiler instead. A new boiler can be a big expense, but it can also save you money on your energy bills in the long-run, particularly if you currently have an older and less energy-efficient model.
If your boiler stops working, make sure you check the manual before you resort to calling someone out. It could just be a simple issue like the timer needing resetting if your power’s been out, or a radiator needing bleeding if a room isn’t getting as hot as it should do. You can do a few little jobs yourself easily enough, but any work on the boiler itself must be left to the professionals. Find a reputable technician to service your boiler through the Gas Safe Register, as this means they can lawfully fix gas appliances.
See if you’re covered
Most home insurance packages don’t have boiler cover included automatically; you usually have to add it on as an extra. Check your policy to be sure, but it’s likely your boiler might not be covered if it breaks down and you have to replace it this winter.
If you want to get insurance for your boiler, you don’t have to use your energy supplier’s policy. Often there will be a deal or discount if you buy boiler cover from the same company that your electricity or gas comes from, but that doesn’t mean that this will be the cheapest or most comprehensive option. Individual boiler response cover through an insurance broker like Think Insure could be another option, but make sure you carefully read through your current policy to check you’re not paying for the same thing twice.