So, you think there may be a problem with your boiler?
There can be quite a common misconception that once you have an issue with your boiler, it’s going to end up costing you a small fortune to get the whole thing replaced and upgrade to a brand new one. However, that’s not always the case. Sometimes it may just need a small repair for it to be like new again. So, if you think you have a problem with your boiler, don’t start raiding the piggy banks just yet, take a look at some of the signs that your boiler may just need repairing.
It is quite rare for the pilot light to go out on a newer boiler, however, if you have an older boiler this can be quite a common issue if you’re having trouble with the heating in your home. The pilot light is the small blue flame that is used to heat a large burner within your boiler. If this light has gone out, then it won’t heat your boiler and in turn won’t heat your home or hot water. There are a couple of reasons your pilot light may have gone out, but the most common cause for this is there being a problem with the thermocouple, which is the small copper rod that the pilot light hits. Relighting the pilot light can be quite simple, and generally shouldn’t require an engineer to fix. Instructions on how to relight your pilot light should be found in your appliance instruction manual.
Before attempting to relight the pilot light, first of all check to make sure there are no issues with the gas supply. If your boiler or any other gas appliances don’t seem to be receiving any gas you should call your gas supplier before you try to relight the pilot light.
The first sign that there is an issue with a boiler is that there is no heat being produced in your home. If this is the case there are a few different things that could be wrong with your boiler including low water levels or thermostat issues. Most of the time this is just a case of needing a replacement part for your boiler, however, the best thing to do in this situation is to call an engineer to take a look to find out the issue; never attempt to fix this kind of issue yourself.
When you have a problem with the heating in your home it’s not necessarily the boiler itself that has an issue, it could be that there is an issue with your thermostat. Over time your thermostat may lose accuracy and it may start turning your heating on or off, at the wrong times. There are a couple of things you can check first, as it may be an easy fix, but it may be time to replace your thermostat.
Check that all of the settings on your thermostat are set correctly. It could be that someone else has changed these to different settings, or something as simple as they may have been knocked. If these all seem to be correct, it could be the case that the temperature isn’t high enough to be heating your home. Try altering the temperature incrementally on your thermostat to see if this allows your boiler to heat your home to a comfortable temperature for you.
If you are still having issues, then it may be time to consider getting rid of your thermostat and replacing it with a new one.
If you find that everything seems fine with your boiler, and your thermostat, but your radiators just aren’t heating up like they used to, it could be that there is a build up in the system. If only the bottom part of the radiator is heating up, then you will need to bleed to radiators. Bleeding your radiators is quite straightforward, and shouldn’t need an engineer to come out; you will just need a radiator key which you can find at any local DIY store.
If the whole radiator isn’t getting hot, it may be that it needs balancing. Again, this is a fairly straightforward process that you shouldn’t need an engineer to come out to do. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to balance your radiator - homebuilding.co.uk/how-to-balance-radiators
If you are still having a problem with any of your radiators heating up, after bleeding and balancing, then you should call an engineer to come and take a look. It could be that there is a build up of sludge in the system which will need to be removed. An engineer can do this by flushing the system, but this isn’t something you should do yourself.
If your boiler is making any kind of abnormal noises it can be quite worrying, however, a boiler might start making noises similar to a kettle boiling when limescale or sludge builds up in your boilers heat exchanger. This is called kettling.
If you have an older system, it may have low water pressure which is causing it to make strange banging sounds. An engineer will be able to better determine the problem by identifying the type of sound your boiler is making.
These build ups can prevent the flow of water within the boilers heat exchanger, which can end up overheating the water causing it to boil and steam (like a kettle). Kettling can cause your boiler to try and work harder, which can reduce its lifespan, so it’s important to get this looked at by a qualified engineer who can flush out any build up and have your boiler functioning properly again.
If you think you may have an issue with your boiler, but you’re unsure, or you’re not as confident in carrying out certain things yourself, Ignite Gas Care have a team of friendly, professional, and fully qualified Gas Safe engineers who are on hand throughout the Yorkshire areas to help. We can carry out any kind of boiler maintenance and repair work to ensure your boiler is always running as efficiently as it should be.
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