Don’t neglect your boiler this February!

WE HAVE hit a chilly spell in Gloucestershire, which means the heating is likely to be on more often. However, when boilers are faulty, they can leave homes without heating and hot water for days!

It is important that you replace your boiler approximately every 15 years, but more vital is that your boiler is serviced each year.

There are some crucial signs you should look out for if you think your boiler is on the blink;

  • If you suspect a gas leak and can smell gas in your home, then you should contact the Gas Emergency Services as soon as possible as it is extremely toxic and might be a cause of explosion.
  • A broken boiler means that you could be left without heating or hot water which is typically noticed very quickly. If you are in any doubt, always get in touch with a heating professional.
  • You may see an orange or yellow pilot light when it should be blue as well as banging, clanking or tapping noises.  
  • Your boiler may struggle to maintain a steady pressure as well as burning through an unusually high amount of gas.

What are the simple checks you can do to check for a broken boiler?

  • You need to check your electrical supply and ensure that your boiler is still plugged in. If it is but you still have no power, it is advised to contact our electrician . 
  • For anyone with a gas boiler, a simple check is to see whether or not other gas appliances are working, such as your cooker.
  • Check the pressure. Take a look at the pressure gauge on your boiler. The typical range for modern boilers is 1.0-1.5 bar, always check the manufacturer’s instructions in the manual that came with your boiler. If you are unsure, call us to arrange plumber visit.
  • Check the thermostat is working as well as checking for frozen pipes.The blockage, caused by frozen pipes, can cause the water to fill up the boiler which triggers an automatic shutdown – which is best solved by our engineer. 

All of these steps can be tested before calling an expert which could save you a fortune and loads of hassle.

If you are still experiencing problems, then a professional should be called to deal with the issue. Heating engineers are classified as key workers and will be able to visit your home safely and within the current lockdown guidelines.

A broken boiler should never be ignored as dangers include a carbon monoxide leak or even an explosion!