Broken boilers can leave you fearing the worst, both financially and for the comfort of your family during the winter, so it’s fair to say your household is thrown into a state of panic and chaos.
Problems can often occur during the winter with boilers, so it’s important that you are fully aware of the numerous issues a boiler can experience. It is usually an expensive inconvenience, despite the fact that many issues can be solved without getting in touch with an engineer.
However, there are many situations where an experienced professional will be needed. Regardless of whether you take care of your boiler or not, problems can quite easily occur despite your efforts. Here are some of the most common boiler problems experienced by homeowners.
Pilot Light Extinguishing
The most common cause for this is a broken thermocouple, though it could also be down to a deposit build up in the pilot light. In some cases it is also caused by a draught blowing the pilot light out.
If you are using an older thermostat, there is a greater chance that will experience problems later in the year. It could become less accurate and start misreading temperature settings as well. It may even start turning the heating on and off at times you have not programmed.
No Hot Water or Heating
The most common issue people may come across and the one that causes panic during the winter, a variety of things can contribute to this problem. Broken airlocks, low water levels and failure of motorised valves are some of the most common reasons for no heat or hot water.
Leaking or Dripping
Your boiler may be leaking water if you notice a damp spot beneath the appliance itself. It may be dripping at a faster rate in some cases. You will need to find the leak in order to identify this issue.
Automatic Switching Off of Boilers
Boilers that turn themselves off without your intervention may be affected by low water pressure, air that is trapped in the system or issues with the thermostat itself.
A loss of pressure is usually related to a water leak in the system and this is one of the most common reasons for engineers to be called out to homeowners.
Pipes Freezing Over
When the coldest weather conditions hit, at the very end and start of the year, the condensation in the piping may freeze and cause a blockage. This blockage causes the condensate to back up into the boiler and cause a complete shutdown.
Radiators Not Heating Up
If you radiator is still warm at the bottom but not at the top, there may be air trapped in the radiator that is prevent a complete heat up of the radiator. The only way to fix this is to bleed the radiator. If this doesn’t work, you may need to carry out a complete power flush to clear the pipes.
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