It can be disheartening when you start to notice problems with your boiler, especially at this time of year when it’s freezing, and you have your heating on full blast most of the time. Unfortunately, common boiler problems cannot be prevented and most of the time have to be dealt with by a professional gas engineer.
How Can I Avoid Common Boiler Problems?
Sadly there are not many ways that you can prevent your boiler from becoming damaged as some situations are inevitable. But when your boiler is on the blink, there are a few things that you can check for to know that something is wrong for certain.
But we must also stress that if you think something is wrong with boiler, then under no circumstances should you attempt to repair your boiler yourself. You can end up seriously harming yourself, and even end up making the problem with your boiler a lot worse and costing you a lot more than it has to. Always call plumbers Milton Keynes and have a professional deal with the situation instead of making it more complicated.
So if you feel like there’s something not quite right with your boiler, then you could be right, but how are you meant to know what is right and what is wrong? Well, we’ve devised a list of some of the most common boiler failures that happen regularly and how you can spot them, we also include what to do if this happens to you – so keep reading!
No Heating Or Hot Water
One of the most annoying, and unfortunately most common issues that happen when your boiler is broken down. If your going to shower and the water isn’t heating up, then this is an obvious sign that something isn’t quite right with your boiler. The primary cause of this could be broken diaphragms or even the failure if your motorised valves.
If this problem does happen to you then do not attempt to address the situation yourself, in this circumstance parts may need to be repaired or replaced with boiler repairs Woburn Sands by a certified gas engineer.
Your Boiler Is Leaking Or Dripping
If you start to notice any residue dripping from your boiler, then this is also a sign that it is faulty. This often means that there is a sign that somewhere in your boiler there has been an internal component damaged or completely broken.
This could either be something like a pump or a pressure valve, if it’s a pump this could simply be that it is worn out and needs replacing, whereas if it is the pressure valve it could be broken due to your boilers pressure being too high. And if you also notice leaking around the base tank then this is corrosion and should also be dealt with by a professional.
Your Radiators Are Not Heating Up
Are your radiators taking ages to heat up slightly or not at all? This doesn’t necessarily mean that your boiler is broken but that you have a problem with your actual radiator. When your radiator heats up, it is quite common for air bubbles to get stuck inside your radiator, which as a result can make it difficult to heat up.
If this is the case then the solution is simple enough to be done at home yourself, however, if you do not feel comfortable doing this then you can contact plumbers Bedford who will be more than obliged to carry out this task for you. If you are thinking about bleeding your radiator yourself, then read this article on how to bleed your radiator at home.
You Have A Frozen Condensate Pipe
Your boiler is going to produce excess gas at some points, and this exits your home through the condensation pipe, this pipe leads to just outside your home so that the gas is not released into your home.
It runs down to where the drains are in your home, and as it is outside the body of your home during the winter months when it drops to freezing temperatures, it does risk the possibility of freezing up. If this does happen then by looking at your boiler you will be able to tell, look out for a warning symbol. If you do see a lit up warning symbol then especially in the winter months this is quite possible to have happened.
But like we previously mentioned there is no guarantee of this, so you should contact a reliable boiler engineer to take a look and address the issue. If you are certain that this is the issue, then you can use warm water to thaw the frozen pipe, but this does come with the possibility of causing more complications and problems with your boiler.
Your Boiler Is Whistling Gurgling Or Banging
If you can hear any of these noises coming from your boiler, then that’s a certain indication that there is a problem. This more often than not indicates that there is air in the system or the water pressure is too low. If you hear a sound that resembles a boiling kettle, then this means that your boiler is kettling, water flow within your boiler can be restricted over a long period of time when the calcium salts and limescale can block the water flow up. Which then results in the boiling sounds as your heat exchanger overheats.
It can also come down to the fact that your boiler has not been installed correctly or that it has got the incorrect settings. If this does happen to you then, unfortunately, this is also a situation hat can only be fixed by a qualified boiler engineer, so don’t hesitate to give us a call when you are in need!
Don’t Leave Your Boiler On The Blink!
If you have any concerns about your boiler you should always have them checked, although it is near enough impossible for your boiler to explode they can still be dangerous, and an extremely faulty boiler can produce silent but deadly gases such as Carbon Monoxide. For more information on keeping safe from Carbon Monoxide read this guide here.
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