When it’s cold outside and the boiler is on the blink, most people are quick to have an epic sense of humour failure. And while boiler breakdowns never ever come at a good time, it’s good to keep a sense of perspective.
How about we take a leaf out of Monty Python’s book? When you’re chewing on life’s gristle, don’t grumble, give a whistle and this’ll help things turn out for the best. So pick up the phone to a reputable plumbing and heating company in your vicinity and look on the bright side of life!
Here are 7 topical tunes to keep you entertained while you’re waiting for the engineer to turn up.
Foreigner – Cold as Ice
Boiler cold, radiators freezing, hot water not working… if this is what you are experiencing at the moment, you have our deepest sympathy. Put an extra jumper on and have a nice hot drink while you wait for the plumber to arrive.
Vanilla Queen – Ice under Pressure
An early mash-up between Queen/David Bowie’s 1981 hit Under Pressure and Ice Ice Baby by rapper Vanilla Ice, this is the perfect example of what may be wrong with your heating. Check the pressure gauge on the boiler – is it between 1 and 1.5 bar? Too low and your boiler may stop working. This is a job for the professionals…
Peter Gabriel – Here comes the flood
Has your boiler burst and flooded the house? Has your house suffered from the recent floods and your central heating boiler is affected? Either way, this is no laughing matter. In addition to your plumber, call your home insurance to find out where you stand.
Natalie Imbruglia – Shiver
Yes, we know it’s cold, especially if your boiler has failed during the evening, leaving you with a freezing cold bedroom. Take comfort in the fact that it’s only a temporary inconvenience. In the meantime, may we recommend an extra duvet, bedsocks and a hot water bottle?
They Might Be Giants – Thermostat
The problem may not be with the central heating boiler, it could be a faulty central heating programmer or room thermostat. If you have a wireless thermostat, do check the batteries before calling out an engineer. New batteries are a lot cheaper than a callout charge…
Shemekia Copeland – Turn up the heat
Assuming you’ve had your visit by now and the heating is back on, turn it up! The ambient temperature will have been cooling down to below comfortable levels while the heating system was out of action, so now give it a few hours to get back to toasty.
Heatwave – Central Heating
Aaahhh, isn’t it lovely to have a nice warm home! As a general piece of advice, it’s best not to take things for granted, so do make sure you keep a regular eye on your boiler. Better still, think about taking out regular boiler maintenance cover, for extra piece of mind.
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer in the property industry – working alongside a selection of companies in the Sussex area, including boiler and central heating specialists BSW Energy – who were consulted regarding the information contained in this piece.