When winter rolls around, it’s hard not to turn the heating up. We all want to stay warm and it’s especially important for the elderly and people suffering with an illness. Winters can be quite harsh and we need to be ready for plummeting temperatures and not caught by surprise.
To be prepared, it pays to ensure your heating system is up to speed, well maintained and free of problems before you get to the winter months. Even bearing this in mind, sometimes things can go inexplicably wrong and your heating goes and fails on you. However, it’s best to check the system before the colder weather kicks in. So, what do you do if your heating decides to let you down?
First and foremost, you should appraise the situation for yourself and anyone else who lives in your home. Cold snaps can be dangerous, even deadly, especially to the vulnerable members of the family. You should decide there and then whether you can ride out some temporary discomfort by wrapping up warm, dressing in layers and huddling in one room with some alternative heat source, such as a fire or electric heater. The alternative is to try to stay with someone else whose home is warm and cosy, whilst you arrange the necessary repair or replacement.
The second suggestion might require some DIY. Check the boiler and other heating components yourself for signs of visible wear. Use the manual supplied to troubleshoot; most modern electric boilers will display an error code, which you can then cross check. Check the pilot light too. This can sometimes fix the problem, but more often than not, the third solution is your best.
This is to get a professional in. Most plumbers, like those through Homecure, provide an emergency service to people whose heating has suddenly given up the ghost. These experts are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including most holidays and will get to you as soon as possible. They have the expertise you probably don’t to solve any issues quickly, getting your home back up to acceptable temperatures.
Even better, certain outfits will not even charge a call out fee for emergencies and will also guarantee their work so if it should fail again due to their repairs, the team will come straight back out and put it right.
Now, if the heating suddenly decides to take a winter holiday, you are armed with the solutions. Keep warm and safe, take a quick look yourself and, most importantly, get in touch with a professional as soon as possible. Nobody wants their home to be a freezer, after all. Prevention is better than cure, of course, but emergencies will always occur despite the best plans.