Boilers and boiler breakdowns are a worry at any time of the year but especially during the onset of the cold season. Most boiler repairs are required during the winter, as this when your boiler is being used most. To prevent being caught out, it is always best to get your boiler checked regularly, as small fixes help to avoid costly boiler repairs, boiler breakdowns, or even having to buy a whole new boiler. So with winter on its way, look out for the following signs of boiler breakdown.
SIGNS THAT BOILER BREAKDOWN IS ON ITS WAY
Most boilers can survive for between 10-15 years, depending on the model. However, if your boiler is approaching the end of its life span, it might be time to consider a new boiler. The main reason for this is energy efficiency: newer models will be more eco-friendly and are likely to save you money.
NO HOT WATER OR HEATING
If this happens in winter, you will know about it pretty quickly! It is likely that a part such as the valve, airlock or diaphragm are broken, in which case they can be simply replaced. If your thermostat is broken then this is more serious and could mean that you need a new boiler.
UNUSUAL NOISES OR SMELLS
Boilers should have strange smells or noises. If your boiler has begun to make unusual noises or has started to produce smells, then it’s definitely time to consider some boiler repairs. It’s likely that there are some internal problems and you may need a new boiler.
Boilers can leak due to many reasons. If you spot water leaking from your boiler then the first thing to do is to try and determine where the water is leaking from. Often, it is due to the breaking of an internal component such as a pressure valve or pump seal. Most heating engineers will suggest an inspection for water leaks.
CHANGEABLE BOILER PRESSURE
Boilers may start to lose pressure due to water leakage, a broken value or due to air that is trapped in your heating system. Check the built in pressure gauge and if the pressure is low you may need boiler repairs. Try bleeding your radiators and if that doesn’t work call your local heating engineers.
HAVE YOU NOTICED SIGNS OF IMMINENT BOILER BREAKDOWN?
If you have noticed any of the above signs of boiler breakdowns, you need to get in touch with a local heating engineer.
Hugh Strain of Ayr Ltd delivers a 24/7 plumbing service to all domestic and commercial business customers in the Ayr, Kilmarnock, Irvine, Prestwick, Saltcoats, Ardrossan, Largs and Troon areas of Scotland. We specialise in boiler repairs, central heating, general plumbing services and new boiler installation, so you can be sure your boiler is in safe hands.
Our heating engineers are fully qualified and undergo regular training to ensure that we comply with all current industry standards. Contact us by phone on 01292 262768, email us on email@example.com or get in touch online.