Boiler Not Working!

Before calling out an engineer some useful tips on checks to carry out first are: Check that the batteries in your controller don’t need changing. Check that the fuse spur has not been switched off for the boiler. Pressure in the boiler doesn’t need topping up. Once all these checks have been carried out and … Continued

Warning Signs

Clunking noises, leaks, cracks or black, sooty marks all can suggest that your have a problem with your boiler.  Check your boiler regularly and look out for these warning signs.  Early detection and repairing of the fault can prolong the life of your boiler.  Make sure that external vents, flues and airbricks are always free … Continued

Turn on your Heating

Boilers can seize up if they are not used regularly.  It is therefore recommended that you turn on your heating for 10 or 15 minutes every so often during the Summer months to keep your boiler ticking over.

Gas Safety – Carbon Monoxide

A faulty boiler can produce carbon monoxide which is a gas that you cannot see, smell or taste.  Carbon monoxide can kill.  If you haven’t already got a carbon monoxide detector installed then our advice to you would be to have one installed, preferably with an alarm.  Have this installed near the boiler and check … Continued

Boilers in Cupboards

If your boiler is in a cupboard, is it surrounded with clutter? (coats, shoes, bags etc). Boilers need ventilation, so the space around the appliance should be kept free from clutter.  It should be easy to access, so always make sure your cupboard is reasonably tidy.  Your plumber or engineer should be able to advise … Continued

Blue Flame

The flame on your boiler should be a strong, clear blue.  If it appears yellow or smoky then there could be a problem and you should therefore contact a Gas Safe registered engineer.

Annual Servicing

Your boiler should be serviced once a year by a Gas Safe registered engineer.  Even if it appears to be in good working order it is advisable to still have it serviced.  The engineer will usually check all the parts and clean the components.  August/September is generally a good time to arrange your service in … Continued

Cold Radiators

If your radiators appear to be colder at the bottom than at the top, then there will be air in the system.  To release the air you will need to ‘bleed’ the radiators.  If this is not done then your system is not working efficiently and will put an extra strain on your boiler and … Continued

Low Boiler Pressure

If you appear to have no hot water and heating then one thing to always check before contacting a gas engineer is that the boiler has pressure in it. To do this you need to check the pressure gauge on the boiler. Generally if the pressure is below 1 bar then it will need to be topped up. … Continued

My condensate pipes are frozen!

Please note that as the cold/freezing temperatures are upon us, it is extremely common for the condensate pipes to freeze when the temperature drops below zero. Your boiler will then cut out as a safety precaution. If you are experiencing problems with your central heating, before calling out a gas engineer, creating unwanted call out … Continued

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