Is Your Boiler Prepared for the Winter Months

The chances are you rarely give your boiler much thought when it’s working well. It’s an important piece of kit, however, delivering heat and hot water and making your home a cosy and comfortable place to be. This is especially important during the winter months, when it’s freezing cold outside and you crave indoor warmth the most!

So while you may not think much about what your boiler does every day, it’s important to prepare it for the winter, as otherwise it’s more likely to go wrong when you most need it.

Below we’ve written a simple guide on how you can get your boiler ready for the cold spell, helping to ensure your home remains toasty and comfortable both morning and evening! 

Check your boiler pressure

Checking the pressure of your boiler is a simple way to help prepare it for winter. If the pressure is too high or low it will affect the performance of your boiler, and may signify a problem that can cause it to break down. It’s therefore a simple task that is definitely worth doing.

To check the pressure on your boiler, look for the pressure gauge that is featured on most modern units. This will display a green area and show where the pressure of your boiler currently lies. It should be within the green zone, usually between 1 and 1.5. If it’s higher than this it means you need to lower the pressure, which bleeding your radiators can help with. If it’s lower, you may need to repressurise your boiler, via the filling loop.

If, however, the pressure of your boiler keeps changing, or the above actions don’t solve the pressure, you should get it investigated ASAP by an experienced heating engineer who is Gas Safe registered. 

Bleed your radiators

Over time, air can become trapped in your radiators, which prevents the heat from circulating. So if you notice cold spots on them or they don’t heat up fully, bleeding could be the solution. You can bleed your radiators yourself by carefully using a radiator key. After you have bled them, you should notice a difference in how they perform pretty much straight away. This will help hugely during the colder months.  

Don’t neglect your pipes

Frozen pipes in winter can be a common issue and spell disaster for your home, as when a pipe freezes, it prevents hot water being sent to your taps and radiators. 

You can help prevent this by either having your pipes insulated, or by keeping your central heating running throughout the cold spell, which will stop the pipes freezing. To do this, just turn your thermostat down to low when you’re out or don’t require heating, as this will still stop the temperature dropping to the point where your pipes are at risk of freezing. 

Get your boiler serviced

The best thing you can do to prepare your boiler for winter is to get it serviced. Through arranging a service towards the end of summer, a Gas Safe registered engineer can thoroughly inspect and check all the main parts of your boiler, and clean the inside to remove dust and debris which builds up over the year.

A boiler service also allows for any emerging issues to be spotted and swiftly dealt with - preventing them from causing your boiler to need a full repair further down the line. 

After your boiler is serviced you can feel truly prepared for winter, as well as enjoying a better performing boiler that can even work more efficiently than it has been!

Providing expert boiler care in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey

At Pipeline Plumbing Services Ltd, we serve the areas of Storrington, Pulborough, West Chiltington, Petworth, Fittleworth, Ashington, Billingshurst, Coldwaltham, Findon, Steyning and Horsham, so if you’d like help preparing your boiler for winter just get in touch. You can contact us by: Telephone on tel:01903 740538 or 07871 725133,  our email at or our website via our contact form