Autumn – The time of year when daylight becomes noticeably shorter, temperature lowers considerably and the colours of the landscape begin to change. Although it has been in the news that we’re set for an Indian summer, this will still mean cold mornings and evenings. Therefore, during this time, it is key to maintain your home and carry out any necessary checks on your heating to prevent any problems from occurring.
With any luck you may have been able to go without turning your heating on throughout the summer, in which case it’s even more important to check your heating system now, this is because your boiler may have developed a problem due to being inactive for a long period of time. Also, the most common time for boilers to break down is when they’re turned on for the first time after summer. We learnt more about this in our blog ‘The importance of getting your boiler serviced before summer ends’.
By taking only 10 minutes to check that each radiator is working properly will prevent finding an issue further along the line when the weather isn’t as forgiving.
The problems that can arise can depend on what type of heating system you have but mainly involve:
- The circulation of water in the pipes
- Trapped air that can block the pipes causing the heat not to rise properly
- Radiator valves may not be working correctly and need to be replaced
Here we have put together a list of simple checks you should perform on your heating systems, to ensure they’re in working order or to identify any problems:
- Try bleeding all of your radiators to ensure a proper circulation of water and to remove any trapped air
- Check your radiator and your boiler for any leaks around the pipes
- Check your radiator valves and stops to ensure they are in working order (If you’re in need of new radiator valves, why not take a look at some here)
- Check the pressure gauge on your boiler, this should usually be between 1 to 1.5 bar
- Test your heating system as a whole to ensure it is emitting heat the way it should be
If you have identified any problems in your heating system, make sure you get them sorted well in advance, especially before winter arrives.
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