Is Your Boiler Ready for the Winter?

The end of September always brings the portents of autumn, which means tumbling leaves, harsher winds and undeniable colder weather.


Whilst this can be disappointing for some, it may actually prove dangerous for households who have recently seen their boiler breakdown and have been unable to get it fixed.


If you want to avoid this, now is the ideal time to check your boiler’s health and ensure that it’s fully ready for the demands of winter. Here are some ideas to help you on your way:

Run a Preliminary Test


Whilst you may not be an accredited heating engineer, we’d wager that you know your boiler well enough to determine whether or not it’s operating efficiently.


So, whilst the days are still relatively warm, it’s worth powering up your boiler and running a preliminary test to see whether it’s working properly.


This will enable you to test the boiler’s basic function and highlight any potential flaws, whilst allowing you to inspect your radiators and the flow of water throughout the heating system.


From here, you can perform a number of different tasks, whether you look to bleed your radiators and release any trapped air or call out expert engineers to inspect the system.


Book in an Annual Service


Regardless of what your preliminary test tells you, late summer represents the ideal time to book in an annual service with an accredited engineer.


This is one of the best ways to avoid a winter boiler breakdown, as an engineer will attend your home and perform a full inspection of the unit, the surrounding heating system and all of its components.


This can help to identify minor faults before they worsen or become too costly to repair, whilst it also ensures that your boiler is fully ready for the long, hard winter.


Take Out Boiler Cover


On a similar note, now may also be the ideal time to take out boiler cover if you haven’t already done so.


This will typically require you to pay a premium for advanced insurance coverage and a 24/7 breakdown response, with the cost of this spread across a series of affordable monthly repayments.


This provides an additional layer of protection during the winter, as you simultaneously look to optimise the performance of your boiler and make preparations for the worst-case scenario.


How can LP Plumbing & Heating Help to Keep your Boiler Functioning?


Based in Snodland and covering in and around the West Malling, Halling Vigo and Aylesford areas, we have years of experience in the heating and plumbing industry.


Our engineers are also amongst the most accredited in the market, as we’re Gas Safe registered, City & Guilds qualified and even Logic certified for G3 in the installation and maintenance of unvented hot water systems.


We’re also Ideal Max-accredited installers, which means that we can offer extended warranties of up to 12 years on selected models. To learn more, feel free to give us a call on 07534 907893, or shoot us an email at