BRITISH Gas are warning home owners as they anticipate a rise in boiler breakdowns in the coming week, and expect engineers to visit more than 1,800 Wiltshire homes as the weather gets colder.

The last week of November is forecast to be the worst week for boiler breakdowns with an estimated 41 per cent more call outs to heating or hot water problems than last week according to data provided by British Gas.

Matthew Bateman, managing director for field operations at British Gas said: “This is set to be the busiest week for boiler breakdowns across the country, according to our HomeCare data.

"That’s why our expert engineers will be on standby to help keep customers’ homes warm, and boilers and home appliances working throughout the winter.”

Despite the high likelihood of boiler breakdowns this week, recent research from British Gas reveals more than a third of households have not checked that their central heating is working, and four in ten have not had their boiler serviced in preparation for winter.

To help households stay warm in the coming weeks British Gas advises people to bleed their radiators, block the breeze by fitting draught excluders and insulate your pipes to prevent bursting.