How to: Central Heating

Central heating: a how-to guide

By Jonathan Millard

If you want to update your central heating system, or simply want to find out how to use or maintain your current heating systems, you can read our ‘how to’ central heating guide for advice and tips on a range of different heating systems.

Central heating: how to choose which system to install

There are many different types of boiler to choose from, including combi boilers, system condensing boilers and heat only boilers. For a full explanation and recommendation for your own property, you can call today - we will be happy to provide you with advice on your own situation.

Gas and central heating middle image

How to maintain your heating systems

There’s nothing worse than being without heating during a cold spell. Ideally you should be able to maintain your boiler so that it never breaks down. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do yourself to prevent things from going wrong with your heating system:

1. Get your boiler serviced regularly – we recommend an annual service to make sure your boiler is working properly and is not posing a health risk to yourself or your family. You can call Aspect Maintenance today to book a boiler service.

2. In an emergency, you can consult your boiler manual or check the model number and contact the manufacturer for instructions if the ‘how to’ manual is not to hand. Many boiler manufacturers will let you download advice from their websites.

3. If your boiler’s condensate pipe is frozen, you can use warm water to melt the ice and lag the pipe with insulating material. This will only provide a temporary fix, however, and you will need to consult a Gas Safe engineer for a more permanent solution.

What if my central heating system breaks down?

If you are struggling with boiler problems it is usually a good move to contact a professional boiler engineer, as consulting a central heating how to guide is no match for years of experience and training, and a damaged boiler can be a dangerous thing to tamper with. has a team of Gas Safe Registered gas engineers who are qualified to install and maintain boilers. Our London engineers are on call 24 hours a day so you won’t be left without heating or hot water for long.

Our Central Heating and Hot Water Engineers covers London and the surrounding areas, our team is over 100 strong and are familiar with all the major brands and models including: Baxi, Broag (Avanta), Glow Worm (Ultracom, Flexicom, Betacom), Ideal (Classic, ICOS, ISAR, ESPRIT, ELISE, Mexico), Keston (Qudos), Main, Potterton (Suprima, Promax, Performa, Gold), Vaillant (Ecotec), Worcester (Greenstar, Highflow) and Honeywell Controls. Meet a few of our heating and hot water experts in London:

  • London , Marek Augustyniak Marek Augustyniak in SE17
  • London , Shaun Smith Shaun Smith in SW20
  • London , Ross Kirby Ross Kirby in SE15
  • London , Bartosz Mocarski Bartosz Mocarski in N20