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Emergency services urge public to register household appliances to prevent fires

Do you register your electrical appliances? If not, you could be living in a home where a disaster is hiding in plain sight just waiting to happen. The shocking truth is, an average of two thirds of Brits’ electrical products aren’t registered with the manufacturer. These include dishwashers, tumble dryers, fridges etc. which total to an astounding 268 million unregistered electrical products.

Last year, the BBC found that 60 fires a week are caused by malfunctioning electrical goods. Washing machines and tumble dryers topped the list.

How to register an appliance

In order to register your appliances, you need to go to registermyappliance.org.uk

Once there, simply click the ‘register my appliance’ button and select the product you own.

The next step is to take a photo of your rating plate and upload it to the website. Alternatively, you can type in the model or product number into the search box.

Once registered, you will be notified as soon as a fault with a particular appliance is discovered or a recall started. You can then take action to ensure that your home is safe.

Give Your Boiler Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Your home is the place where you spend quality time with family and friends in comfort and warmth all year round. Valentines day is the perfect time to show some love to your home and keep your central heating in perfect working order.

Here are our tips in making sure that your boiler is in good working condition and won’t cause you any trouble:

Boiler Servicing Leicester

Boiler Servicing Leicester

Have your boiler serviced

Even before the winter season starts, it is essential to have your boiler checked and serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer for any damage that might affect your boiler if left unnoticed.  

Since the boiler is also our main source of hot running water, it is with utmost importance that we check our boilers before the cold season starts. Having it serviced in advance is much better than getting a repair or replacement due to a boiler breakdown in the middle of the winter season.

It is also beneficial to resolve small issues quickly as boiler breakdowns are usually a result of persistent small problems that are brushed aside.

Observe the warning signs

Cracks, noises and leaks are just some of the warning signs that you must be aware of to identify the problem on your boiler. Keeping attention on these signs can save you money from repairs or replacements in the future.

For example, if you see an error code or a faulty pilot light, this could mean that your boiler’s supply of gas has stopped, or if you hear strange noises, a boiler kettling or loss of water pressure might be the problem.

Keeping an eye on these small warning signs would save you from encountering bigger and more costly problems with your boiler.

Bleed the radiators

The very first thing to check when you open your boiler after a very long time is the radiators. If the warm is not spread equally, such as being hot at the bottom while cold at the top, there might be air trapped inside your boiler that needs to be released.

On the other hand, a presence of sludge in your heating system can also cause your boiler to suffer poor circulation or large cold spots in the middle. If this is the case, you need to contact your trusted engineer to conduct power flushing on your boiler to remove the contaminants and allow the free flow of water again.

Bleeding your radiators and power flushing will keep your home more energy efficient. Thus , saving you money on utility bills.

Look for signs of leaks and drips

You should always be mindful of the leaks and drips on radiators and boilers at home as these things indicate a problem on your heating system. The amount of leaks and drips would give you enough idea if a simple repair can solve this problem or a boiler replacement is needed.

However, it is important to seek help from professional engineers to help you determine that what your boiler needs is just a repair or you will have to invest in a new boiler.

Insulate pipes

Freezing and bursting pipes are among the most common problems that homeowners experience during winter. You can save yourself and your family from this misery by insulating your pipes properly and keeping it protected with a frost protection device attached to the boiler.

Call Daztec us on 01455 209 220, email us on sales@daztec.com to find out more about how you can keep your central heating in perfect working order.

Boiler Servicing- When and Whom to Call

The fact that boiler systems should be serviced regularly is often neglected by many property owners. But if you want to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and other risks related to poorly maintained boilers, you should not deny the fact that you need to have it checked regularly. Aside from safety, among the benefits of having a regularly serviced boiler is economy and reliability. As the cold season is approaching, having a broken boiler is the last thing you can imagine, and an emergency call-out costs over a £100 which is very steep. You could free yourself from all these hassles if you had your boiler regularly checked such minor issues can be sorted out and prevented from escalating.

How Often Do You Need Your Boiler Serviced

Boiler Servicing Leicester

Boiler Servicing Leicester

An annual boiler servicing is what most energy companies recommend. Complying with this recommendation would ensure you a warm and comfortable indoor temperature during the winter season and save you from costly repairs due to boiler breakdowns.

Whom to Call When Your Boiler Breaks

While most people opt to call their energy providers when their boiler breaks, some homeowners, especially those who don’t have insurance, find it more expensive as they have to pay £75 and above for the service. Before making a call to your energy provider, make sure to check out the following options in advance
  • • Check the Warranty Boiler manufacturers offer a different length of warranty and guarantee on their products. Make sure to check if your equipment is still covered by its warranty so you can have it fixed free of charge.
  • • Check your Home Insurance Some home insurance policies include boilers on the list of things they cover. It will be a great idea to check if your equipment is covered so you won’t need to pay for the service.
  • • Check with your landlordIf you are renting a flat or home, it’s not your responsibility to pay for the boiler service. Make sure to check with your landlord for your boiler service needs unless the damage was caused by your own negligence.
  • • Check with a local engineerYou might also find enquiring and requesting a quote from a local engineer beneficial as they usually charge less than energy providers.
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