When it’s winter time the last thing you want to do is see you and your family left out in the cold with a broken boiler. Leaving you with lofty repair bills and potentially some cold sleepless nights.
So the team here at Heating Connect put our heads together and came up with a list of the most common signs that your boiler needs servicing.
Here is a list of the most common factors that should determine whether it’s time for your boiler to be serviced or not.
More Than A Year – The easiest way to know when your boiler needs servicing is to check whether or not it’s been a year or more since your last service. If your answer is yes, it’s time to book your boiler service today.
Previous Lack of Maintenance – Perhaps you live in an older property or you just can’t remember when the last time you had your boiler serviced was, these are both good signs that you’re probably due to have your boiler serviced.
Strange Noises – Strange sounds coming from your boiler can be a sign that there is something seriously wrong with your boiler, it would be highly suggested that if you hear noises from your boiler then it may be time to book a boiler service.
House Not Warm – if your house isn’t warming up the way it used to, then having your boiler serviced may well be the best course of action to take. A good service will ensure that your boiler is operating efficiently, that will heat your home and be kind to your wallet at the same time.
Leaks – A leaky boiler means one thing, your boiler isn’t working correctly. A leaky boiler needs to be attended to immediately and often can be a sign of more serious underlying
Not Working Correctly – If you’re finding that certain areas in your house aren’t heating up properly and you’ve already bled your radiator, then there may be an issue with your boiler. Having your boiler serviced regularly can help identify issues such as these before they become a real problem.
Slow To Heat – another sign that your boiler is due to be serviced is your radiators taking longer to heat up than usual, your hot water may well show similar symptoms too. Again bleeding your radiators may well solve your issue.
Air Circulation – boilers can quite often have issues with the motor on the fan or the belt drive. These components see the most use in your boiler, so it makes sense they may be the first things to wear out. Fortunately these components are checked when you have your boiler serviced, so regular inspections are all that’s needed to prevent the worst from happening at the most inopportune moments.
Pilot Light – an obvious sign that your boiler isn’t working correctly is pilot light not staying lit or cutting out intermittently. Another warning sign that there is a problem with your boiler is the colour changing to yellow. This is most likely a sign of a carbon monoxide related issue and needs urgent attention.
Gas Leak – Usually one of the first signs that your boiler is leaking is the smell of mercaptan, this is the substance used with natural gas which is odourless and this is used to help highlight potential leaks. Most people say the smell it emits is somewhat like sulfur or rotten eggs. The stronger the gas smell the larger of a leak you likely have.
If you do smell gas in your home there are 5 things you should do immediately to ensure the situation doesn’t worsen.
If you don’t think any of that applies to your situation then there are a few things you can do yourself to help you determine whether or not it’s time for your boiler to get a service. By noting and making a record of the following elements over a period of time you’ll be able to track your findings to use them in the future for comparison. Except for a pen and a pad you won’t need any more equipment than that.
● Level of Water in Boiler – All boilers have two means for you to determine the water level. 1. The Gauge Glass. 2. The Ball Cock. The Ball cock is located inside your
● Visual inspection of the combustion – This refers to the pilot light issue we mentioned above in the article. Keeping an eye on your pilot light will help you determine if your boiler has an issue or not.
● Bleed Your Radiators – Another good way you can keep the water cycling through your radiators is to regularly bleed them. This could help your house heat up more evenly and allow the correct amount of water to flow through the pipes and radiators.
● Speak To The Professionals – Of course if you’re still unsure if you need an inspection or even if you have a problem with your boiler in the first place, then the best thing you could do is call the professionals.
Here at Heating Connect all of our boiler serving is carried out by a team of experienced local engineers. We Follow the manufacturers guidelines when it comes to servicing their appliances with our comprehensive database of manuals that gives you peace of mind that your service is being handled by professionals.