UK households warned 'keep boilers switched on' in July and August

UK households have been warned to ensure their boiler is kept on throughout July and August. Despite it being summer, British Gas, OVO, Octopus, EDF, Eon and Scottish Power customers have been warned to ensure boilers are being kept on.

Andy Kerr, founder at BOXT, comments: “By following these maintenance steps, you can keep your home heating in good condition throughout the summer and ensure it’s ready for the colder months ahead. Regular maintenance not only prolongs the life of your heating but also helps it run more efficiently, saving you money on energy bills.”

In a warning, Mr Kerr explained customers need to "check raditators. Ensure all your radiators are switched on and once your home is heated, inspect them for any cold spots, BOXT says, because this could be a sign of trapped air which can hinder the circulation of hot water, making your heating system less effective.

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To prevent this, it's recommended to bleed your radiators at least once a year. Other actions households need to take is to monitor pressure and also ensure they are looking out for leaks. BOXT says your boiler has a pressure gauge that should read between 1 and 1.5 when the system is cool.

If the pressure is too low, your boiler may need topping up. If the pressure exceeds 1.5, you may need to bleed your radiators or seek professional advice. Regularly check your gauge and take the necessary steps if the pressure reading falls outside the recommended range.

If you're planning a summer holiday, it's fine to switch off your boiler system for a brief period, but remember to run the system a few times during the summer months to maintain boiler health. BOXT adds: "Even after following the above steps, it's crucial to have a Gas Safe registered engineer carry out a boiler service annually, as they can conduct a more thorough system check."