There are a lot of excellent benefits to having central heating with a gas boiler, still, now and then, you’re quite likely to come across a problem.
While it’s entirely possible that the problem you have may be unique, the vast majority of the time you’re likely to find that your boiler issue is a normal one. This guarantees that identifying the best resolution will be a lot easier and quicker than what you thought.
A good deal of boiler situations can essentially be prevented by getting your boiler serviced often, we strongly recommend at least once a year.
The Six Most Frequent Boiler Repair Issues
- No Hot Water
- Boiler Is Leaking Or Dripping
- Odd Noises Coming From The Boiler
- Pilot Light Is Not Lit
- Boiler Has Low Pressure
- Problems With Your Thermostat
1. No Hot Water – Essentially, your boiler is not carrying out its function when this happens, and there are a handful of potential causes.
- A diaphragm or airlock is degraded.
- There is a low level of water.
- There might be some thing wrong with your thermostat.
- A motorised valves has failed.
The easiest and first points for you to check out are the boilers water pressure and the thermostat. If it’s one of these problems then follow your boiler suppliers instructions for dealing with these situations. If it’s none of the above then you need to speak to a qualified and Gas Safer registered boiler technician to investigate the problem properly.
2. Boiler Is Leaking Or Dripping
Drips and leaks are a clear sign of an essentially more serious problem, but except when you’re trained to do so you should not make an attempt to work out the problem for yourself. A lot of the causes for your boiler to be having drips or leaks are going to require a qualified boiler technician to deal with them. Drips and leaks are often brought on by a broken pressure valve or pump seal. After it’s fixed, you may need to turn down your boiler’s pressure, your boiler technician will be able to advise you on how to do it.
3. Odd Noises Coming From The Boiler
Maybe easily the most apparent of all boiler situations is whenever your boiler starts to make odd sounds, such as banging or gurgling. It is very likely that air is caught within the heating system is the issue, but it could possibly also be due to low water pressure. Unfortunately, the problem may also be a lot more serious, including your boiler reaching the end of its life and you need a brand new boiler fitted.
4. Pilot Light Is Not Lit
The solution for an extinguished pilot light is simple, simply relight it. But right before trying that you really should have a look at your heating system to determine if there’s an even more serious issue first. Problems you might identify include:
- A nearby breeze blowing out the light.
- Build up close-by or around the pilotlight which puts it out.
- The source of the gas may be halted by a thermocouple that is broken.
If you do find something that you think could be a problem then you really should call your local heating technician to investigate and if called for repair even before you make an attempt to relight the pilot light.
5. Boiler Has Low Pressure
A loss of pressure in the boiler can be a signal of a problem with your heating system itself. You can check out the pressure of your boiler by taking a look at the pressure gauge and ensuring that it’s over 1. If it’s not, then there’s a problem elsewhere within your heating system that needs to be checked out by a qualified heating technician.
6. Problems With Your Thermostat
An unreliable thermostat might create various problems, so it’s very important to determine a frequent routine (at least once a quarter) to make sure that the thermostat is working as intended. It is a simple test. You simply start off by ensuring the thermostat is placed in the appropriate position and has the correct setting and that the boiler switches off if you reduce the temperature setting and then back on once more if you increase the temperature setting.
The above situations are the main ones that our gas engineers are phoned for. If you’re in any doubt then it’s safer to phone a qualified gas technician who is on the Gas Safe register to have a look and advise you.
If you do have a problem with your boiler and want a 24 hr boiler repair then phone our Ipswich team and schedule a call out with one of our local 24 hr emergency boiler repair engineers.