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Protecting your boiler is vital if you want to keep warm this winter. Here we show you how to detect any boiler problems and what to do to protect your boiler and prevent any potential problems.

Detecting boiler problems

Before you prevent any problems with your boiler, it’s essential that you spot any existing problems with your boiler. Stuff to watch out for includes:

  • Boiler takes a long time to heat up the house
  • Some radiators don’€™t work, even though they’re on
  • Your radiators don’€™t heat up all over – there are cold posts
  • A weird noise is coming from the boiler or radiator – banging or hissing
  • You find you have to bleed the radiators more often than usual

If you do discover any of these signs then get in touch with us on 0151 605 0881 or 07841 342 642 straight away and one of our experts will be there rightaway to carry out a British Gas* standard boiler check.

Prevent your boiler from freezing

As we all know, the UK can be very cold for the majority of the year. That’€™s why it’s essential to protect your boiler against freezing. It’€™s especially common in condensing boilers as water can get trapped and fill up the boiler inside. As Summer draws to a close and we’re starting to experience colder weather, now is the best time to have your boiler checked before any minor problems become big ones.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prevent your boiler from freezing:

  • Make sure it isn’t too exposed. If the condensate waste is exposed to the elements it can freeze and burst your pipes
  • Insulate the pipes to protect them
  • Make sure there’s a way for the waste to fall steeply rather than just sit there
  • Ensure the pipe is large enough for waste to move through

Protect your boiler from corrosion

Central heating is a godsend, even in this day and age! There may be arguments as to which month of the year the heating should officially turned on in your household, but it’€™s an amazing home feature all the same. Corrosion happens when a chemical reaction occurs because of the water contacting the metal surface. This can create sludge, even in a new British Gas boiler, and you can find yourself with blocked up radiators. Causes include flux, oil, grease and installation debris – which may not be included in your British Gas boiler cover. Sometimes the only way eradicate these problems is to have a new central heating boiler installed – luckily we can help you with that! Our British Gas standard boiler engineers can spot any potential hazards and will give you a straightforward answer as to whether you need a new boiler or if it can be repaired.

Protect your boiler from limescale

This is where limescale builds up in the heating system and lowers the efficiency of the central heating. This is because the limescale covers the system and blocks the heat transfer, making it harder to heat up your radiators. Again, the only way to properly protect yourself against boiler limescale is to make sure you book a regular check up. And again, before you embark on an endless number of engineer visits trying to fix an irreparable issue, the first thing to do is establish whether your limescale problem is or is not beyond repair. When we install a new central heating boiler we ensure it’€™s running at maximum efficiency, as well as run all the required safety tests – including carbon monoxide leakage detection.  

Visit to see how we can help install your boilers or call 01516050881 or 07841342642

* all our engineers are qualified to the same standard as British Gas