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Once the central heating is on, data reveals that homes have their heating on for an average of 5 hours and 15 minutes on a winter’s day at an average of 19°C with 21°C the ideal room temperature.
With the boiler switch-on just around the corner, if your boiler isn’t ‘firing on all cylinders’, read our top tips:
If the room is warmer than the thermostat setting, the central heating won’t come on. Check the temperature setting and increase as required.
Setting the right temperature on your thermostat is key to feeling comfortable at home. Many people tend to under, or more commonly, overheat their homes leading to decreased efficiency and increased expense.
Most thermostats have no influence on how quickly a house heats up, therefore turning the heating thermostat to maximum doesn’t mean it will get warmer quicker!
If you’ve had a power cut the timer on your boiler may have reset itself. Check your boiler manufacturers’ instruction manual to find out how you can set this to the times that suit you for your boiler to automatically ignite.
Similarly, if the power cut hasn’t affected the timer, has it affected the fuse box? Check if there’s a tripped switch in the fuse box.
As simple as it sounds, check that there’s enough credit on your meter.
Check other gas appliances around the home, e.g., gas hob or oven. If not working, contract your gas supplier or gas emergency services.
When in doubt it’s always worth turning the boiler off and then back on. If you’re hesitant to just hit the on and off button, read the manufacturers’ instruction manual on how to restart your boiler safely.
However, if the boiler doesn’t ignite, it’s time to consider faults within the central heating system itself. These faults could be the result of several issues including:
There are many variations of gas boiler in properties throughout the UK, all with different components so there are hundreds of potential problems that can cause a boiler not to ignite or prevent power from reaching the boiler. So, to safely locate the cause, we always advise contacting a Gas Safe registered engineer
With energy prices soaring and a government price cap of £2,500 in place until the end of April 2023, it’s crucial that not only your boiler works properly but that it’s used efficiently.
Our specialist Home Emergency insurance also covers the following perils:
Look out for our next Home Emergency update with further tips on keeping your home warm and your property safe this winter.
For further information on the above, or details of our products and services, please contact your Partnerships Manager or email [email protected].