Tips to prepare your boiler for winter November 26, 2021 As the weather starts to become miserable and a lot wetter and colder, it’s important to take care of your central heating to a close to ensure that your boiler is fully prepared for the winter. In this blog post, the team at Green Flame have outlined some extra steps you can take to prepare your home for winter. Whilst winter doesn’t officially start until mid-December, the weather has turned increasingly chilly over the course of the last few weeks. Studies also show that more than half of Brits turn their boilers back on around mid-October, meaning that homeowners in South Wales may start be discovering small faults and performance issues with their boilers and central systems.Book Your Annual Boiler Service as soon as possibleIf you haven’t already, you should consider booking your annual boiler service over the course of the next few weeks. We recommend that even new and modern boilers are serviced once a year, whilst booking your service now should ensure that unit’s performance is optimised in time for the winter. This enables you to identify any issues and potential faults, whilst creating a window of opportunity to repair these before the temperature starts to plunge! Now is the best time to book your boiler service, because as the Christmas period draws near, schedules begin filling up and you may find that many local heating engineers may struggle to fit you in. To ensure that you don't miss out atMake sure your pipework is insulatedWhen the temperature does drop below zero, the water that is running through your pipes is likely to freeze. This has the potential to cause a significant blockage in your heating system, whilst frozen pipes are also likely to burst in situations where they’re not repaired quickly.You can negate this risk simply by insulating your pipes, however, using lagging to create an additional layer of protection against the cold. This relatively low-cost precaution will make your boiler more efficient and reduce the likelihood of an emergency call out this winter! Ensure you regularly check the pressure of your boiler and radiatorsIf you have just turned on the boiler for the first time, we also recommend that you check your boiler’s pressure gauge and radiators. Ideally, your boiler should be pressured to around 1.5 bar, so if the number on your gauge is significantly lower or higher than this, you’ll need to correct this as soon as possible. We suggest that you regularly check this at least once a week! If your boiler's pressure level is significantly higher than 1.5 bar, and you have noticed cold spots on your radiators, then you may have trapped air in your heating system. If you notice this, it is not to worry, as you can easily remedy this yourself rather than calling up a heating engineer. You can do this by bleeding your radiators, enabling the boiler to heat your home far more effectively than it was previously.Choose Green Flame Plumbing and Heating to prepare your boiler for winter If you live in Pontypridd or any of the surrounding regions such as Pontyclun, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff or any other surrounding areas, Green Flame Plumbing & Heating is ideally placed to get your boiler winter-ready!We’re Gas Safe-registered, for example, which means that our engineers are trained to an exceptionally high standard and able to adhere to stringent building regulations. We also take immense pride in our work and strive to deliver the best possible level of customer service to our clients.Contact us for more tips, advice, or our central heating servicesIf you are local to Pontypridd, or any other surrounding area near South Wales, such as Cardiff, Porth, Bridgend, Pontyclun, or even the Vale of Glamorgan, and you need a central heating repair, or urgent advice, then give our experienced engineers a call on either 07971651849 or 07429250903, and our friendly team would be more than happy to help.