Emergency Boiler Repair Yorkshire
There are a lot of great benefits to having central heating with a gas boiler, but every once in a while, you are likely to encounter a problem. While it is possible that the problem you have will be unique, the vast majority of the time you are likely to find that your gas boiler issue is a common one. This means that finding the right solution will be a lot easier and quicker than what you thought.
A lot of boiler problems can actually be avoided by having a regular boiler service, we recommend at least once a year.
In this short post, I am going to cover the six most common problems you are likely to have with your gas boiler.
- No Hot Water
- Boiler Leaking Or Dripping
- Odd Noises
- Extinguished Pilot Light
- Low Pressure Boiler
- Problems With The Thermostat
1. No Hot Water
Essentially, your gas boiler is not doing its job when this happens, and there are a few potential causes.
- A diaphragm or airlock is broken.
- There is a low level of water.
- There may be something wrong with the thermostat.
- One of the motorised valves has failed.
The first and easiest things for you to check are the thermostat and the boilers water pressure. If it is any one of these then follow the boiler manufacturers guidelines for fixing these problems. If it is not any of the above then you should contact a qualified and Gas Safer registered boiler engineer to investigate the problem safely.
2. Boiler Leaking Or Dripping
Drips and leaks are an obvious symptom of a potentially more serious problem, but unless you are qualified to do so you should not try to figure out the problem yourself. Many of the causes for your boiler to be having drips or leaks will require a qualified boiler engineer to repair them. Leaks and drips are often caused by a broken pressure valve or pump seal. Once it is repaired, you may need to turn down your boiler pressure, the boiler engineer will be able to advise you on this.
3. Odd Noises
Perhaps the most noticeable of all boiler problems, is when your gas boiler begins to make strange noises, such as gurgling or banging. It is likely that air trapped within the system is the problem, but it could also be due to low water pressure. However, the problem may be more serious, such as the boiler reaching the end of its life and you needing a new boiler fitted.
4. Extinguished Pilot Light
The fix for an extinguished pilot light is easy, just relight it. But before doing that you should check out the system to determine if there is a more serious problem first. Problems you might find include:
- A nearby draught blowing out the light.
- Build up near or around the light that puts it out.
- The supply of gas may be stopped by a thermocouple that needs repair.
If you do see anything that you think could be a problem then you should contact your local heating engineer to investigate and if required fix, before you try to relight the pilot light.
5. Low Pressure Boiler
Loss of pressure in your boiler could be an indication of a problem with your central heating system itself. You can check the pressure of your boiler by looking at the gauge and checking that it is over 1. If it is not, then there is a problem somewhere within your heating system which needs to be checked out by a qualified heating engineer.
6. Problems with the Thermostat
An inaccurate thermostat can create numerous issues, so it is important to set a regular schedule (at least once a quarter) to make sure that your thermostat is working as intended. It is a quick check. You simply start by making sure the thermostat is in the correct position and has the right setting and that your boiler switches off when you reduce the temperature setting and back on again when you raise the temperature setting
The above problems are the main ones that our engineers are called for. If you are in any doubt at all then it is safer to call a qualified boiler engineer who is on the Gas Safe register out to have a look and advise you.
If you do have a problem with your boiler and need an Emergency boiler repair then contact our Leeds office and book a call out with one of our local 24 hour emergency boiler engineers.
The Dangers of Not Servicing Your Gas Boiler
Did you know that at least one person a week dies in the UK as a result of faulty gas boilers?
Any appliance that runs on gas poses a number of risks to your health if it is not serviced on a regular basis, the industry recommendation is at least once a year.
- Why Service You Gas Boiler?
- What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
- Boiler Service And Maintenance Leeds
Why Service Your Gas Boiler?
When gas burns it releases carbon monoxide, which is a very dangerous gas that can kill quite swiftly. One of the main problems with carbon monoxide is that it is a tasteless and odourless gas which means that even when it is present in the air, you will not be able to detect it and you will possibly therefore not get out in time.
It is very important for yours and your families safety that you have your gas boiler serviced regularly and by a fully qualified and gas safe registered boiler engineer. It is the only way that you can make sure that there are no deadly carbon monoxide leaks.
What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Whether or not you do get your boiler serviced regularly it is still very important that you are aware of the signs of a carbon monoxide leak. The first sign that you may notice is that gas flames on fires, cookers etc will start to burn an orange or yellow colour instead of the usual blue colour.
Other signs you might notice include:
- Sooty stains at the bottom of the pan mean that there is a leak somewhere in the flues.
- If you notice that coal and wood fires are harder to light it is an indication that there is a problem.
- A blocked chimney is a cause for immediate concern.
As for knowing whether you are suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning some the symptoms you or your family might be feeling include:
- Drowsy and unusually tired
- And you may experience chest pains.
If you notice any of these symptoms on yourself or your family it is very important that you
- Open all doors and windows straight away in order to let some fresh air in.
- Get everyone out of the house right away and get a doctor to examine them.
If you live in an older style house it is recommended that you leave a window slightly open every time that you are using a fuel-burning appliance.
For your safety and peace of mind, it would be advisable for you buy a carbon monoxide detector. They don’t cost much and they have helped save countless lives from carbon monoxide poisoning.
In addition to boiler servicing, if you have solid fuel fires you should also make sure that your chimneys are swept on a regular basis.
Boiler Service And Maintenance Yorkshire
The cost of boiler servicing will vary from company to company and although it is not cheap, it is a lot less than a boiler replacement cost, plus a boiler that has been serviced will use less fuel and will, therefore, reduce your fuel bill, so saving you money in the long run.
When you are looking for a someone to service your boiler you need to make sure that you only use a gas engineer who is registered with Gas Safe. Before letting them start on the job ask to see their credentials, all fully qualified boiler service engineers will be happy to show you there ID card.
If you are a tenant and not a homeowner then you should remind your landlord to have the boiler in your premises serviced at least once a year.
If you would like more information on our boiler maintenance service then contact our Leeds office for a free no obligation quote.
How To Ensure That Your Gas Central Heating Is Working Efficiently
In most houses with central heating the most important part is the boiler to supply the hot water. An average gas boiler is supposed to serve you for not less than twelve years without malfunctioning, the majority of manufacturers now give 10 year guarantees. But you need to take the necessary steps to make sure that it functions efficiently over its lifespan as outlined below.
- Yearly Servicing
- Power Flushing
- Make Use Of Corrosion Inhibitors
- Install Heating Controls
- Regular Firing
a) Yearly Servicing
Servicing your boiler at least once a year is important to ensure that it meets regulations set out by the authorities, it is clean and also to check whether it requires some repairs. A Gas Safe engineer will be able to help you with this, and you need to schedule such servicing with them. In turn, this will cover you for unnecessarily high costs in the future.
b) Power Flushing
Power flushing is an approach that is meant to ensure that certain anomalies that may be experienced with your heating system are corrected. In case some of the rooms inside your house are colder than others or if your gas central heating system takes long to heat up, you need to arrange for power flushing. These are just some of the reasons why you need such a service, and it should be done periodically to ensure that the system operates efficiently.
c) Make Use Of Corrosion Inhibitors
The inside of your central heating system is susceptible to the accumulation of scale and sludge, and as a result, you need to include corrosion inhibitors in your system. That will slow down the build-up of these impurities considerably, which prevent your heating system from functioning to the optimum.
d) Install Heating Controls
Sometimes, you may be incurring unnecessary energy costs in the course of using your gas central heating system. One of the ways to control such costs is to ensure that you maintain only the required temperature within your house. That is possible through the use of thermostats and thermostatic radiator controls, which also ensure that greater power is supplied to particular zones or rooms.
The heat produced by your gas central heating system should be retained inside the house because if it is lost as soon as it is released, then, the system will tend to consume more energy to produce more hence, the high cost of power. Insulating your doors and windows is an effective way to guard against heat loss or gain and as part of your draught-proof strategy, it will save you some significant amount of money over time.
f) Regular Firing
Any heating system should be turned on from time to time throughout the year. That does not only need to happen when you need to use it to regulate the temperatures inside your house, but also when you do not need to use the system. Turning the system on occasionally for about 10 minutes or so is paramount if the system is to deliver as required when it is needed the most.
If you would like more information on our central heating and boiler servicing throughout Yorkshire and the surrounding areas then call our office and our staff will be happy to help you decide on the service that you require.