Latest News - Don't Let Your Boiler Ruin Christmas


With a less than normal festive season on the horizon, it is more important than ever to ensure your hot water is functioning and your heating is working as well as it can.

Here at Swale Heating your safety is our priority, so we always recommend if you are having issues with your boiler that you do not attempt to fix it yourself but contact our team to arrange a service or repair. This being said, there are some situations you may be able to fix yourself without the help of an engineer.

Firstly, there are multiple simple boiler checks that you can carry out without the need to call out a qualified Gas Safe engineer. These inspections check for any obvious faults which could affect your boiler’s ability during the winter.

  1. See if there are any leaks from the boiler, the flue is accessible, and the vents are clear. If you have a pressurised system you need to check the boiler pressure. If it is too low or high, then the boiler will be running less efficiently which will make your heating bills cost more.
  2. One of the most important checks you can carry out is for the boiler flame. Ensure that it is bright and blue and not yellow. If this is the case, then call our team urgently to arrange an emergency call out as this could be a sign of carbon monoxide which is hazardous to your health and should be immediately dealt with.

Secondly, we recommend you check your radiators, as there is no point in having a fully functioning boiler if its output from the radiators is ineffective.

  1. Ensure that the heating output is consistent across the whole radiator, top to bottom and left to right. If you find there are cold spots, then you may need to bleed your radiators. This clears any excess air from the central heating system and ensures the radiator heats evenly and effectively to keep you as warm as possible.
  2. You should also ensure all your pipes are well insulated. This stops them from freezing when it is very cold and reduces heat loss; in turn, saving you precious pennies (something that’s crucial around Christmas time)
  3. If you are hearing any gurgling or clanging noises from your radiators and pipes, this could also be a sign of air within the system and again may be solved by bleeding the radiators.
  4. If the lower half of your radiator is remaining cold when you switch the heating on, this could be an indication of sediment build-up, which we recommend you contact a specialist for guidance as it can be difficult and ineffective to flush the system on your own.

Without a boiler service every year small issues can develop into bigger issues, which is definitely not what you want coming up to Christmas. View our boiler cover plans to purchase yours today!

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