What to Do When Your Boiler Breaks Down in Winter

Nothing sends a household into panic quite like when your boiler breaks down in the middle of the winter. Boilers are more likely to break down in winter than in summer because, when the temperature drops, standing water in the pipes and boiler can freeze solid, leaving you with a broken boiler and a freezing cold house. Read on to learn about how to keep warm when your boiler breaks down in winter.

Call a professional engineer

When your boiler breaks down, the first thing you should do is get in touch with an engineer as soon as possible to come and fix your boiler for you. Make sure that the engineer you contact is Gas Safe and OFTEC registered.

Layer up

To stay cosy while you wait for your boiler to be fixed, make sure you put on some extra layers. Wearing extra clothing will help you to retain body heat and stay toasty. A hat and woolly pair of socks can help too.

Drink a hot drink

A hot chocolate or a cup of tea can instantly warm you up, so get the kettle boiled. Simply holding a hot drink will warm your hands up and help you stay cosy. A hot bowl of soup will also help you to keep warm and shake off those cold winter chills.

Insulate your home

There are a few quick things you can do to help keep your home toasty while you wait for your boiler to be fixed. Keep your curtains closed and use draught excluders to keep cold air out. If you have any rugs, put them down over wooden floor boards to help keep heat in your home.

Use an electric heater

Ask friends, neighbours or family members if they have a spare electric heater you can borrow to warm up your home while you wait for an engineer. Put the heater in the room you use most (such as the living room or your bedroom) and use it until your boiler is fixed.

At Smartheat Plumbing, we offer quality domestic heating services in Peterborough. If your boiler has broken down, do not hesitate to get in touch with us. For more information about our heating and plumbing services, get in touch today.