Heating Rental Properties Over The Winter Months
Mon 14 Nov 2016
As the cold weather draws in on us, we all tend to reach for the thermostat to ensure our comfort. But what happens when we reach for it and nothing happens? Boiler breakdowns can be only too common once the cold weather comes, as cooling temperatures mean extra strain on the heating system, which can then malfunction.
Firstly, we would recommend that Landlords arrange to have the boiler at their rental property serviced regularly. This will keep it working efficiently and help to avoid problems, which will save both the Landlord and Tenant money from repairs and extra heating bills, as well as being better for the environment. This could be arranged to coincide with the annual gas safety inspection, as most gas safety engineers will only charge a small amount more for this service whilst issuing the gas safety certificate.
Boilers will need topping up regularly to keep functioning. If you are a Tenant, and know how to do this, it can save you waiting during periods of no heating for a gas safety engineer to come out and do it for you, as well as saving your Landlord a bill. However, if you are in any way unsure, it is best to ask a professional gas safety engineer to do this on your behalf, as if done incorrectly, this can cause major faults. If your heating is not working, it helps to check the bar pressure on the boiler before calling your Landlord or letting agent. It should be between one and two bar, if it drops below this the heating will be affected.
Often at this time of year the radiators will need bleeding to remove any excess air from the system. Again, if you know how to, Tenants can perform this themselves. However, if you are unsure how to do this, again it is best to speak with your Landlord or letting agent, and they can arrange for a contractor to come out and bleed the radiators for you.
We hope that you have found this article useful, and would like to encourage everyone to stay safe and warm over the colder months.