What to do if your boiler breaks down in winter

Nothing makes you panic quite as much as your boiler breaking down in the middle of winter. When it’s freezing cold outside, you rely on your boiler to keep you warm and cosy indoors. So, when it stops working properly, it’s natural to feel worried. Here’s what to do if your winter breaks down during the winter months. 

Call professional boiler services

Don’t suffer in silence if your boiler has broken during the coldest months of the year. The problem is unlikely to fix itself, so the longer you leave it before calling in a qualified heating engineer, the longer it will go on. Ability is one of the best-recommended boiler services in Crowborough, so why not get in touch? Our Gas Safe engineers can come out to you right away to identify the issue and repair your broken boiler. Don’t risk trying to fix your boiler yourself. If you’re not a qualified heating engineer, this can be very dangerous indeed.

Insulate your home

If your boiler breaks down in winter, it’s important to do what you can to insulate your home.  Whilst you’re waiting for it to be repaired, it’s best to keep your curtains closed. You could also use draught excluders to keep the cold air from creeping in. This can be especially useful in older houses which have lots of nooks and crannies. If you have any rugs, place them over wooden floorboards to help retain heat in your home.

Wrap up warm

Once you’ve done all you can to insulate your home, you should wrap up warm. Add more layers to help you retain heat and stay cosy. Wear two pairs of socks along with slippers to keep your feet warm. You may also want to huddle under a duvet or blanket whilst you wait for a heating engineer to attend. Make use of hot water bottles too – they’re cheap to buy and a good source of extra heat.

Use electric heaters

Whilst electric heaters tend to be expensive to run and inappropriate as a main heat source, they can be incredibly useful should your boiler break down in winter. Place the heater in the room you use most and use it to heat the space whilst you wait for your boiler to be repaired. If you don’t have an electric heater, ask friends, family or neighbours if you can lend you one. Fan heaters are often small and portable, making them easier to move around as required.

Contact us

Try not to worry too much if your boiler breaks down during the cold winter months. Although it can be inconvenient and uncomfortable, professional boiler services in Crowborough are only a phone call away. Call 0800 889 015 to talk to one of our friendly team. We’ll arrange for a qualified, Gas Safe registered engineer to visit your home as soon as possible. You can also email us at info@ability.uk.com or send us a message via our website.

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