A survey has revealed February to be the worst month for boiler breakdowns. New figures from Direct Line for Business suggest that the number of boilers breaking down will hit its peak, with their analysis stating that claims for broken down boilers rise by 163% during the next month. With temperatures set to get even colder, this is probably the last thing you needed to hear!
In 2016, the insurers also saw a 27% rise in broken boiler claims compared with the year before. It’s hard to imagine losing all warmth in your home in freezing temperatures, especially if you live with elderly, children or disabled people. Thankfully, we’ve put together some of our best advice for preventing a breakdown or what to do in the event of one!
If you’ve dabbled with the idea of taking out boiler cover, there is no better time than the present. You can take a look at the wide range of cover plans we offer here.
1. With February just around the corner, it’s important that you understand the tant that you understand the basics in how to avoid a boiler breakdown. Make sure your boiler is regularly serviced and use pipe insulation. It’s also important that you know the workings and warnings of your boiler, and keep your central heating system working properly. For more information on these, click here.
For our comprehensive guide on how to bleed your radiators, click here.
2. It’s crucial that you understand the four DIY fixes that might just sort your problem without calling an engineer. For our thorough guide on how to re-pressurise and reset your boiler, bleed the radiators or change the thermostat batteries, click here.
3. If you are experiencing a boiler breakdown it can be daunting, but try not to panic. In these weather conditions, it can be incredibly difficult to deal with, especially if you can’t stay anywhere else. Check out our guide on surviving a boiler breakdown here to help you consider your options.
If you have cover with 24|7 Home Rescue, you can give us a call on 0345 3192 247. Our emergency claims line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
4. You can never be over-prepared, especially where your boiler is concerned. If you don’t have boiler cover in place, you may have to rely on working around a local engineer’s schedule with expensive rates. If this is the case, you might want to consider being extra cautious by ensuring that your house has a home emergency kit. To check out our 8 essential items for every home emergency kit, click here.
You can also prepare your home to make sure you have certain measures in place that will help minimalise the pain of the cold! Check out our advice on preparing your home here.
Whether or not you have cover with 24|7 Home Rescue, you can find tonnes of helpful guides and information to help with your boiler problems on our website here.
Winter has well and truly arrived here in the UK. After a glorious (and very long!) summer, we’re finally bearing the brunt of the drop in temperature which means our energy bills are sure to sky-rocket.
Whether it’s crossing your hands when turning or putting your arm on the headrest when parking.
BRITISH homes have been invaded by skin-eating silverfish as the wet winter conditions have set in.
As the temperatures drop and we crank the heating in our homes it creates the perfect environment for the creepy crawlies to breed
In winter, having the boiler serviced should be a priority
Put draught excluders in front of doorways, and buy foam strips to fill gaps
Make sure that chimneys are swept professionally each year