The AA has offered some advice on household heating off the back of the report from the AA Home Emergency Response Service that between September 2011 and November 2011, the number of customers with boiler problems more than doubled.
If you haven’t already done so, turn your heating on for a few minutes each week to check it’s working properly.
Make sure that your pipes are properly insulated – this will help protect them from freezing in the winter.
If your pipes do freeze, thaw them out gently using hot water bottles or a hairdryer.
Keeping your heating on a constant, low heat throughout the day could reduce the chance of a breakdown and help maintain a consistent temperature.
Leave your loft hatch open slightly to allow warm air to circulate if you’re away.
Locate your main internal stopcock so you can switch it off in the event of an emergency. It is usually under the kitchen sink or where the service pipe enters the building.