What to do when your boiler stops working in extreme weather conditions

In unprecedented weather conditions its not just old boilers that pack up.

Let’s face it, Siberian winds bringing snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures are not a boiler or central heating system’s best friend.

Here at Gregor Heating, our team are doing everything they can to help and the most common issues being reported to us can often be resolved quickly and easily.

Blocked condensate pipes

This is the most common problem for boilers breaking down in freezing conditions. Usually the small white pipes on the outside of the building get frozen. They can be unfrozen by simply pouring hot water or putting a hot cloth / water bottle onto them.

To find out more watch this video from Worcester Bosch

Low or no pressure in the boiler

With boilers under extreme pressure to work even harder in cold conditions, they might need a helping hand to do so. Check your boiler pressure. The ideal pressure should be between 1-1.5 bar when the boiler is off (or sleeping) and should rise to 2 bar when on.

If a red warning light shows, or your pressure is lower than 1 bar, then the water in the boiler may require topping up to help re-pressurise the system. Check your manufacturer’s handbook for more advice.

To find out how, watch this video from Worcester Bosch

Keep warm in one room

Our best advice for the short term while you have no heating or hot water is to stay in the warmest room of the house. Closing the curtains can keep a lot of heat in, wrap yourself up in extra layers and, if you can, use an electric heater. Also make sure you drink lots of warm drinks and it is also important to move little and often.

If all else fails then call out the experts. We always do our very best to speak to each and every customer with the resource we have available so thank you for bearing with us.

Keep warm and safe everyone, and don’t got outside, unless you really need to.