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Britain’s increasingly changeable weather is influencing the way Brits operate their boilers, and this has led to a rise in callouts for emergency boiler repairs. This is according to theboilercompany.com, which reported a 71% increase in emergency call outs during the snow earlier this month (1st to 5th April) and a nearly three-fold increase during last year’s ‘Beast from the East’.
London saw the largest increases in emergency call outs during cold periods, followed by Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh and then Manchester.
Warm weather, however, saw callouts by the firm drop by neary 160%, suggesting that homeowners are ignoring their heating systems for long periods when its warm. Over the recent hot Easter Bank Holiday weekend (and the hottest Easter Monday on record), call outs dropped by nearly two thirds compared to the previous four days.
Theboilercompany.com’s cofounder Soyfur Rahman comments: “From the hottest Easter Monday and hottest February day on record to snow in April, 2019’s weather is already proving to be unpredictable. However, research shows that hot spells are actually getting longer, and bitterly cold snaps are becoming less frequent.
“This has a knock-on effect for how people use their central heating. Boilers will often be switched off for long periods when it’s warm or mild, and then suddenly cranked up high when the cold arrives out of the blue. The cold already means heavier boiler use and the potential for frozen condensate pipes, so putting the heat on full blast after lots of inactivity puts sudden added pressure on systems components, making a breakdown more likely. The extra increase we’re seeing in emergency call outs during unpredictable and irregular cold snaps supports this.”
Theboilercompany.com offers a few tips to help consumers keep their boilers in top condition:
• Prepare the condensate pipes for cold snaps
• Don’t overwork the boiler
• Turn the heating on monthly during hot spells
• Bleed the radiators in early autumn
• Service the boiler annually