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Posted on 02 August 2017

Check your heating this summer to stay warm in winter

“It’s far better to check your heating now, than wait until winter to find it doesn’t work properly,” says Hyde Property Services Contract Manager Bill Childs.

“To avoid any nasty surprises when it gets cold outside, it’s a good idea to turn on your heating once a week during the summer, as it will help ensure all the different parts of the system are running smoothly.”

You should ensure your room thermostat works when you turn the temperature up and that you can move the dial. Check that the programmer settings are correct – and that it is set to the right time.

Check your radiators: Have they come on after you turned the room thermostat up? If they are hot at the bottom and cold at the top they may need venting. If you have a combination boiler, this will have to be carried out by an engineer, who may also have to top up the system pressure.

It is also a good idea to check that radiator thermostats can be turned – sometimes these can seize and need freeing-up.

"Checking your heating system now will give you peace of mind this winter; keeping your home warm and comfortable. Regular servicing will ensure your heating is energy-efficient, so your bills are kept as low as possible,” Bill adds.

Residents with gas heating systems should make sure they have had an annual service check and a carbon monoxide alarm (which can be supplied and fitted free of charge by Hyde). Find out more by visiting our Safety in your home page and clicking on Gas safety.

Call Customer Services on 0800 3 282 282 and select the ‘gas and heating repair' option to be put through to a heating contractor.