Time to test your heating

19 September 2017

With winter just around the corner, and cold weather already arriving across the country, it's time to test your heating:

Turn on your boiler, and check that the radiators in your home are functioning and heating rooms to the required level.

If you notice any problems, please let us know now. The more early reports we can get, the more likely we'll be able to get your problem fixed before the cold weather really arrives.

Heating your home

With winter nearly here, it’s important that your heating works, so we’ve put together a few tips on how to keep your boiler working efficiently – summer and winter alike:

  1. Keep your gas service appointment
    Gas safety checks are important – they can, and do, save lives. They are also the best way to avoid boiler breakdowns and catch big problems early while they are still small.
  2. Run your heating regularly
    Months of disuse can create problems in gas appliances, which can lead to them breaking down when they are needed most.
    Prepare your central heating for the cold weather by running your heating for an hour a week, even during the summer.
  3. Allow air circulation around your boiler
    Gas appliances need to have enough ventilation to allow them to burn correctly. So never cover your gas boiler or block the air vents. Make sure the outside flues aren't blocked either.

Should you need to report a gas heating or hot water break down;

  • and live in the West Midlands, call our gas contractor Liberty Gas on 0330 333 5780
  • or live in the East Midlands or Lincolnshire, call Aaron Services on 0333 0110 363

Smell gas?

If you think you smell gas, have a gas leak or carbon monoxide fumes are escaping from a gas appliance, call the Gas Emergency helpline immediately on 0800 111 999.

Do not:

  • turn any electrical appliances on or off
  • use door bells
  • smoke, or use matches or a naked flame


  • open doors and windows
  • turn off any gas appliances
  • turn off the main gas supply