2 Common Central Heating Boiler Problems to Avoid 2 Common Central Heating Boiler Problems to Avoid
It can be problematic if your central heating boiler suddenly stops working or has heating problems, especially during cool weather when you need it most. Read on for information about the most common problems that you are likely to encounter and tips on how to fix them.
The Boiler Doesn’t Work at All
To begin, make sure the unit is turned on and that the thermostat is turned high enough to warm the house. A boiler will only work if its temperature is set higher than the temperature of the house.
Another possible cause is that the timer may have been set incorrectly. Someone may have meddled with the timer so that instead of setting it to shut down at twelve midnight, it went off at twelve noon instead.
In the worst case scenario, you’ve noticed that the pilot light won’t turn on. This usually occurs when the gas supply is malfunctioning in some way. In this case, it’s best to have a professional come in for repairs.
The Boiler Creates Odd Noises
When your boiler creates odd noises like hissing or banging, then your expansion tank may have an inadequate water supply. This can be solved simply by switching on your water supply. If this doesn’t work, you probably have a frozen pipe or maybe sludge has built up in your boiler. If that’s the case, it is not recommended to risk tackling the problem yourself. Again, let the experts handle what they’re better equipped to handle, and refrain from using the boiler until it’s been properly checked and repaired.
The Boiler Pipes Are Leaking
When your boiler suddenly has leaks, you can usually fix it with a bit of tweaking using a wrench or spanner. If not, then it means it’s time to replace the pipes. Once again, it’s infinitely safer and better to have professionals replace and install pipes. In the meantime, you can tie a rag around the leak or use a specialist sealant to reduce leaking and prevent accidents caused by slippery floors.
The Radiator is Leaking
Radiator leaks are usually caused by improper installation. When this happens, you can try turning off the valves to alleviate the pressure, then remove the radiator and let the system continue running. Clean the system using a non-acidic cleaner before putting the radiator back. If this doesn’t work, it’s time to call for a professional to do the work.