7 Ways to Stay Warm during a Winter Boiler Breakdown

From time to time, you may experience problems with your boiler. Most of these issues can be fixed by booking a routine service with an OFTEC or Gas Safe qualified engineer, however, if you encounter a serious issue, it may result in a boiler breakdown.

Unfortunately, your boiler is most likely to break down during the coldest part of the year, leaving you without heat and hot water when you need them most. This is because boilers tend to develop faults over summer, when reduced use can cause the internal components to seize up.

TIP: Reduce the chance of winter breakdowns by booking a post-summer service with an OFTEC or Gas Safe qualified engineer.   

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7 Smart Ways to Stay Warm if Your Boiler Breaks Down

In the mean time, check out our top tips to discover easy ways to stay snug until your boiler is fixed:

  1. Call An Engineer: If your boiler has broken down, the first thing you need to do is find a qualified engineer to fix it. Fill in our quick quotes form to view instant online quotes from Gas Safe and OFTEC registered engineers in your local area now.

  1. Retain Heat: Keep your curtains closed and use draught excluders (or rolled up towels and pillows) to stop heat from escaping through cracks near your doors and windows.

  2. Layer up: Wearing more clothes can help you to retain body heat, so pull on an extra jumper, hat or pair of socks, and curl up under a blanket to stay toasty.

  3. Eat Yourself Warm: Shake off those winter chills with a delicious cup of hot chocolate or warming bowl of soup. Holding a hot cup will help warm your hands up too!  

  4. Get Inventive: Stock-up on hot water bottles, electric blankets and other alternative sources of heat (such as fan, halogen or convection heaters). You could even make your own heat pad by microwaving a sock filled with rice and lavender.

  5. Selective Heating: If you are relying on an alternative heating method, you can save energy, money and warmth by only heating the rooms you use the most (e.g. your bedroom and living room).

  6. Ask a Neighbour:  If you don’t have access to an electric heater, ask friends or neighbours if they have any spare heaters they could lend you. Some local authorities and charities also offer emergency heating help.  

How to Heat Your Water During a Boiler Breakdown

Most modern dishwashers and washing machines heat water internally, so you don’t necessarily need hot water to run them.

If you have an immersion heater or an electric shower that heats water on demand, you may be able to access hot water even when your boiler isn’t working. However, if you don’t, you can still use kettles or saucepans to warm water for washing or bathing.

WARNING: Take care when transporting hot water around the house and never leave pans of boiling water unattended.

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