4 Common Problems with Boilers

The boiler… you either love it or hate it. It provides British homes with the warmth in those chilly months and the boiling hot water for those well-needed showers. Boilers are an essential part of any home! However, as we all know, boilers can frankly disappoint at the most inconvenient of times.

Did you know that 1 in 5 boilers breakdown each year... now that’s a lot! If this doesn’t scream “Regular Boiler Checks!”, I don’t know what does. It’s never been so crucial for each and every boiler to have regular checkups, just like you and me, you could say it’s like a checkup from a boiler doctor, making sure everything should be working as it should.

If your boiler happens to breakdown then it could result in a few days of icy cold showers and pulling out the old, ugly Christmas jumpers from the attic to keep warm. As we know, it can get very cold in the UK, even in the Summer!

Today, we will be discussing 4 common problems with boilers and why you should seek help from a professional boiler doctor (aka us, Corvee Services!).

No Heat

No heat! Panic stations! No heating can cause a number of issues, not to mention something else for the children to moan and pester you about.

No heat can be caused by a number of things; failure of motorised valves, broken diaphragms, low water level or issues with the thermostat. If you wish to locate this issue before calling the professionals, these will be a good place to start. It is highly recommended you do not try and fix the issue yourself, due to the many dangers which could occur. Instead, wait for the professionals, don’t cause any more damage than you need to.

A Leaky Boiler

Ah. A leaky boiler… what to do, what to do! The best option is to call a professional (01536 680920). The first step when you have noticed a leak from your boiler, is to clean up the mess, grab a mop, towel, bucket… whatever you may need to clean up the water and to collect the rest of it.

The most common cause for a leaky boiler is broken internal components, whether this is the pressure valve or pump seal. If it is either one of these then the pressure may be too high or the pump seal may have worn out and needed replacing ASAP.

Sometimes the boiler may be leaking around the pipe or tank. This can be as a result of corrosion, and in most cases, the system has not been filtered properly. Just give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.

Pilot Light Goes Off

For those who don’t know what the pilot light is, you may recognise it as a small blue flame. If the pilot light keeps going out, then you may have a broken thermocouple, not supplying gas.

Before the pilot light is reignited, it is essential to check if there is an issue with the gas supply. If the gas stopcock is on, but the boiler is not receiving any gas, or maybe the gas appliances are not working, then you have to contact your gas supplier. You can relight your gas yourself by ensuring you follow the instructions in the boiler manual.

Low Boiler Pressure

Whilst tensions & pressure may be high at home because the boiler is facing a few issues, the boiler pressure may be too low and the cause of the issue. And no, screaming at the boiler isn’t going to increase pressure.

To check the pressure of your boiler, take a look at the built-in pressure gauge. If the pressure is below 1, then there is an issue with your boiler pressure, and this will cause your central heating system to malfunction. This may happen because of;

· A leak in the system

· Recently bled radiators

· And the pressure relief valve needs to be replaced

Now, as you know, we are all currently stuck at home helping to save lives. If you experience any issues with your boiler, be sure to check the manual to see if you can do anything to resolve the issue. But if this is something that needs the attention of a professional, give us a call on 01536 680920 or visit our contact page for more information.

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