Nearly a third of homeowners worry about winter boiler breakdowns
New research carried out by Gocompare.com has highlighted that 30% of homeowners are worried about their boiler breaking down over the winter period.
So why is winter the most common time for a boiler to break down? With many homeowners using their boiler very little (if at all) over the summer months, autumn and winter tends to be the time boilers get switched back on. Leaving a boiler turned off for long periods can cause issues like the pipes seizing up, and it's possible that faults that went unnoticed before become a real problem when the system is fired up again.
Frozen pipes are the other big risk in the coldest months however you can reduce their likelihood by insulating and ensuring your heating is on low (or comes on a couple of times each day) during freezing weather. You can learn more about this in our guide to preventing boiler breakdowns.
The survey also found that 43% of homeowners have experienced boiler problems over the past 3 years. Whilst 56% of these respondents said their boiler only needed minor repairs, 20% faced a major breakdown. A breakdown like this might not only leave you without adequate heating and hot water but could actually lead to your boiler needing to be replaced altogether. In fact Gocompare.com's research showed that a fifth of these homeowners had to have a brand new boiler installed.
The best way to prevent boiler breakdowns is to have your boiler serviced annually. Not only will this highlight any problems with your heating system, it will also give you peace of mind. For more information, visit our page explaining what a boiler service involves or get free boiler service quotes to compare from local and national engineers.