From time to time some of your radiators may not heat up so well or the pressure in your heating system may drop a little. This is fairly normal in a gas central heating system and something that you can remedy yourself. If we call out a heating engineer and your system simply needs bled or the pressure topped up you may be charged for the contractor's time.
It is the tenants responsibility to top up the boiler. Different boiler types have different controls for topping up pressure - usually a valve or sometimes a slot that is turned with a screw driver. Your boiler instruction manual will guide you through this simple process.
The pressure gauge should sit between 1.5-2.0 when the boiler is running. If the pressure keeps dropping then there may be a leak in one of the heating pipes. Report this fault to the Association and we will attend as soon as we can.
Particularly cold temperatures can cause a drop in gas pressure and, in extreme cases, can cut off your gas supply. Unfortunately the Association can do nothing to restore the gas supply and you must contact Scotia Gas Networks on their National Gas Emergency number 0800 111 999.
A small amount of air in the system can cause radiators to be cooler than expected and this air should be eliminated by bleeding the air out of the radiator by using a small radiator key which you can buy from any DIY hardware store. With the heating system on use turn the key slightly to open the valve at the top of the radiator. As soon as you hear the air hiss out stop turning the key and hold it in position.
When the hissing sound stops quickly turn the valve in the opposite direction to close it.
As the air is bled out, the radiator will heat up to its normal temperature. A tiny amount of water may leak out as soon as the air has cleared and it is best to have a cloth or paper towel below the valve to wipe any drips as the valve is re-closed. Once the valve is closed tightly there should be no leaks or drips from the radiator.
When temperatures drop below freezing keep your heating on, even at a low temperature. This will help keep the water in the pipes flowing.
If pipes do freeze and you can easily access the area where the pipes are you can try to defrost them with a gentle heat from a low voltage fan heater, or similar. If the pipes are within a kitchen cupboard leave the doors open to let the heat in to them. Do not use a gas heater as this fierce heat could damage the pipes and cause a burst.
Keep an eye on things as the pipes defrost, in case there is a leak, and be ready to turn the water off if necessary.
If pipes do burst report this to the Association immediately and turn the water off at the stop cock. Use buckets / towels to contain water leakage as much as possible to minimise damage to the building fabric and your own possessions.
It is your responsibility to clear snow from pathways and driveways. The Association cannot clear snow from roads or footpaths. The Council will clear main roads and will provide grit bins for residents' use on minor roads.
If you suspect you have burst pipes you should
In order to check if the appliance is faulty you can try plugging it in to another socket. If the electrics trip again this indicates that the appliance is faulty and should be repaired or replaced.
This indicates that the battery is running low and should be replaced.
When the battey within your smoke detector needs to be replaced the detector will emit a short high-pitched beep approximately every 45 seconds. Remove the detector from the ceilling either by gently turning the casing or folding down the cover and detach the battery slot - see below. Lift out the battery and disconnect it from the battery leads. Connect the new 9 volt battery to the leads and replace the battery slot. Reconnect the detector casing and test the unit as above. The Association recommends that you replace the battery within your smoke detector evey year.
If you have installed a new battery and the detector continues to beep this indicates a fault and you should contact the Association.