This is how to make sure your boiler won’t break down as temperatures plummet this week

A leading energy provider has said it expects thousands of boilers to fail as the cold weather forces people to fire them up for the first time in months.

A leading energy provider has said it expects thousands of boilers to fail as the cold weather forces people to fire them up for the first time in months.

Facing a 33 per cent increase in demand for call outs, Scottish Gas has urged households to think ahead, so that any heating issues can be fixed before winter sets in.

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And as temperatures continue to fall in the run up to winter, there’s likely to be another mass wave of boiler breakdowns on the horizon.

What do the experts say?

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    Alexandra McGregor, a Scottish Gas engineer, said, “We are expecting a surge in call outs over the next two days as average temperatures fall below 10 degrees.

    “Whether you’re reaching for the thermostat or can hold out for a few more weeks, winter is only just getting started.

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    “It’s a good idea to have your boiler serviced before you become completely reliant on it, so that it’s ready to stand what’s to come.”

    How to keep your heating working

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    - Keep your boiler ticking over

    Like a car that hasn’t started for a while, your boiler can seize up if it’s not turned on for an extended period of time.

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    It’s a good idea to run your central heating for at least an hour a day during the colder months – even if you’re going away – to make sure it keeps running smoothly.

    Check out the boiler manual to find out how to set the timer.

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    - Bleed your radiators

    When your heating’s been out of action for a few months, air can enter the system and form bubbles at the top of your radiators, which stops them from working efficiently.

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    Turn a radiator key in the valve at the top to let the air out. It’s worth having a rag or a small container to hand to catch any drips.

    - Insulate your pipes

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    Frozen condensate pipes is one of the most common heating problems - water expands when it turns to ice, which can lead to burst or damaged pipes.

    Insulating materials are an easy, cost-effective solution, available from most DIY stores – if you keep your water system nice and cosy, it will do the same for you.

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    - Take advantage of tech

    Using a smart thermostat to control your heating on the go means you can avoid wasting money on energy you’re not using.

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    This article originally appeared in our sister title, The Edinburgh Evening News.