An endless supply of hot water and the cosiness of a warm house are things we all take for granted. So when your boiler starts misbehaving, it can quickly throw your routine into chaos.
When the boiler is on the blink, the easiest thing to do is call a professional, like our team of heating engineers who’ll get to the bottom of the issue pronto, to save you from feeling the chill.
There are a number of common reasons your boiler might start to throw a wobbler, so we’ve outlined a few of the most popular, to give you a little insight into what could be causing it.
My Radiators Aren’t Heating Properly
If your radiators are a different temperature towards the bottom or middle, they may need a good flushing out. This could be caused by a build up of rust or limescale. Our team will be able to take a nosey inside and see what’s causing the blockage. If the top of the radiator is cold, they may simply need bleeding. If you’re not sure of how to do this yourself… don’t attempt it! Give us a call.
The Boiler Keeps Switching Itself Off
A temperamental boiler could be a sign of low water pressure, the pump not circulating properly, an issue with your thermostat or a closed valve blocking the water flow. Try resetting the system using the user manual, in case it’s simply having an off day. Otherwise, don’t touch any controls you don’t understand. A Gas Safe Engineer will get to the bottom of it pretty swiftly.
My Radiators Are Making Odd Noises
If your radiators are piping up, this could be down to a number of issues. A gurgling, water-related sound is usually caused by trapped air, which can easily be sorted by bleeding the radiators to let the air escape. A rumbling noise could be kettling (a build up of limescale which restricts the water flow). You’ll need an expert for this. Give us a call.
The Pilot Light Keeps Going Out
An extinguished pilot could be down to a strong draught knocking it out, a build-up of residue on the light itself or a broken sensor that measures the temperature (this is the trickier of the three!)
Check the manufacturer’s instructions to see how you can relight it yourself (only if you feel confident), or call our team of heating engineers to come and take a look at it.
The Pressure Is Low
If the pressure is low, there could be a leak in the system. Check the valves on your radiators to ensure none of them are leaking or dripping. If they are, tighten them up.
If you’ve recently bled your radiators, you may find that the pressure has dropped as the water levels are too low. This can easily be sorted by filling up the water. If you’re not convinced these are the causes, a heating engineer will be able to help.
I Have No Hot Water
Oh, just the worst! You wake up in the morning ready for a hot shower, only to find that the water is stone cold. Not the best way to start the morning, unless you like cold showers of course. Most modern boilers will display an error code on their front panel which allows you to look up what’s wrong in the user manual. Take a look, and give us a call to let us know the issue. We’ll get someone out to take a look.
If you have an inkling that something isn’t right with your boiler, central heating or waterworks, a service will highlight any underlying problems that need to be fixed. Our team will service your system and talk you through the problem before we set about putting it right. It’s crucial to keep your boiler well-maintained to ensure it’s in top condition. So, if you’re thinking you can skip that service or delay a check-up, we’ve outlined a few reasons you might want to reconsider. Click here.