There is never a good time to have a boiler problem, especially when the cold weather sets in! Most central heating and boiler problems occur after being idle through the summer, so it’s best to have a GAS Safe engineer investigate any issues and carry out boiler repairs before they become worse.
How do I know my boiler is not working correctly?
Whether you have a conventional or combi boiler, there are some common problems that you can identify yourself. Here is our simple list of symptoms that may indicate a more serious problem.
Is your boiler using more gas than usual?
Energy bills regularly fluctuate month to month, but if your gas bill dramatically increases, this could indicate a boiler problem.
Is your boiler unusually noisy?
Banging, whistling, or gurgling noises indicate different problems such as air in the system, low water pressure, a faulty pump or ‘kettling’, which is a build-up of limescale in the system. Kettling can be easily treated with a descaler but needs to be addressed quickly to avoid damaging the boiler.
Noises from pipes or radiators can usually be resolved with a power flush. This will cleanse your heating system and help to ensure even heating and maintain the warranty of your boiler.
Do you still have heat and hot water?
Silly question maybe, but it can be difficult to tell, especially in the summer months. Make sure you test your boiler and heating system throughout the year. It is especially important to use your heating during the winter to avoid the pipes freezing.
Does your property have cold spots or radiators that are not heating up?
Cold spots indicate a boiler that is not functioning correctly or a blocked heating system. Cold patches in radiators is a common problem and are usually the result of sludge or trapped air within the system.
Has the boiler’s pressure dropped?
Check your boiler pressure gauge regularly and make sure that it is not too low. If the pressure drops below 1, your heating system will not function correctly. Low pressure can be caused by a water leak, a failing pressure relief valve or if the radiators have recently been bled. If the pressure drops, have a look for a visible leak first. If you cannot see anything or are unsure how to fix the problem, contact us.
Does the boiler switch itself off?
This could indicate a pressure issue caused by a blockage in the system restricting water flow or a faulty pump.
If you recognise the problems above or anything else that you believe is not normal, please get in touch. We can provide advice, repair, and replacement of any type of boiler or heating system. Our engineers are all Gas Safe registered and all work covered by our one-year workmanship guarantee.