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Winter Strain On Your Heating System

Posted on: February 15th, 2019 by Active

Winter can be a magical time of year for some. You get the joy of Christmas, the beauty of snow and a fresh start in the New Year. Unfortunately, winter can also be a time of hardship for many, with the colder weather putting strain on vital heating systems, which causes problems heating homes throughout winter and into spring. Because we are so reliant on our heating systems to keep us warm over the winter, an old or faulty heating system could lead to serious risk of ill health, particularly for the vulnerable.

a boiler heating system using gas

Heating Is A Necessity

Not having a functional heating system is miserable at any time of year. Central heating and hot water is a necessity which most of us won’t tolerate living without in this day and age, even in good weather. Once the weather really turns cold, a fully functioning heating system is even more important to the everyday lives of us all. If your heating system isn’t cared for properly, you may end up without it at a time you need it the most.

Cold Weather Causes Strain

Generally speaking, cold weather will put strain on any sort of machinery or mechanical system. In the UK our weather is usually reliably wet and tepid, which itself doesn’t put much strain on heating systems. However, we do have the occasional difficult winter, with snow, ice and minus temperatures. Unfortunately, the UK doesn’t cope with cold weather particularly well. We’re often unprepared for cold weather, including at home. We don’t take as much care to look after our heating systems at home because we assume we won’t need to. This can lead to problems like pipes freezing or overworking an outdated or faulty central heating system that we haven’t maintained properly. Even simple boiler problems can lead to a full break down of our heating systems in winter, which is why looking after your heating system is so important in the colder months.

Cold Exposure Can Kill

If you continue to use a faulty boiler or never get your boiler looked at by a professional, it can break down when you need it the most. Many people forget about looking after their heating systems in the warmer months, only to find that they aren’t working properly once winter rolls around. Winter is a time when most people want to spend less, so they may not get the problem fixed immediately, hoping that the heating system will trudge on regardless of how cold it gets. The problem with this is that when your boiler eventually breaks down, going without it for any length of time is dangerous. There are new stories every year of elderly or vulnerable people dying because they tried to go without heating in their homes. Children and those with chronic health issues are also susceptible to ill health from exposure to cold. It is surprising then to find that so many rely entirely on overworked, outdated, inefficient heating systems.

Replace Faulty Boiler Parts

The best thing to do if your heating system isn’t up to scratch is to make sure all your boiler parts are up to date and functioning correctly. Have a professional take a look at your heating system and replace any boiler parts that run the risk of causing your heating system to malfunction. Unfortunately, winter can be the hardest time to get replacement parts as the demand is so high. So many people are unprepared for winter, all of their heating systems go down once a cold snap comes, and then the demand for new parts goes up. Make sure to find a reputable supplier who can get you the best price on boiler parts and spares no matter what time of year you contact them.

Mirage Heating Boiler Part Suppliers

If the cold weather has caused problems with your heating system you’ll want to get it fixed as soon as possible. Waking up to a cold home in the middle of winter isn’t fun for anyone. Finding someone who can supply and fit boiler spares or parts, or even someone who can supply and fit a brand new boiler, can be stressful. Here at Mirage Heating & Plumbing Supplies, we can source a large variety of heating and plumbing spares and parts when you need them. We have a 24 hour service, meaning you won’t have to wait long to get your boiler back up and running in the cold weather. Contact us today and find out how we can help you. Fill out a contact form or call us on 0208 767 9922.