Spotting and Stopping Common Boiler Problems

Spotting and Stopping Common Boiler Problems

When it comes to keeping the various aspects of your home in full working order there is certainly a substantial list to stay on top of. Some areas may seem quite minor when compared with other parts but one facility that simply has to be maintained properly is your heating system. The boiler is of course absolutely essential in your home being heated and any situation in which there is a significant problem with this is likely to result in plenty of inconvenience and disruption.

A sizeable proportion of your energy bill is taken up by the work that your boiler gets through. Therefore, it is perhaps understandable that things will go wrong with it from time to time, as much as it is most unwanted when an issue arises. This is not to say that you shouldn’t go to every possible effort to maintain it and a big part of this is spotting the common problems that tend to come up.

The condensate pipe in harsh weather

With your boiler, most people would be in agreement that the worst case scenario would involve a breakdown while in the firm grip of wintery conditions. The coldest temperatures are most definitely proven to pose a possible threat to your boiler and your condensation pipe can be significantly affected. The role of this pipe is to move the water away from your boiler and it has been known to freeze on occasions during the winter. In order to deal with this it is advisable to seek the help of a professional but you could try to apply warm water to the pipe or put a hot water bottle on it. You can try to intervene before it freezes by turning your heating down but leaving it on all the time.

Constantly cold water produced

cold waterIf you have ever woken up for work early in the morning and dragged yourself away from your bed to head for the shower only to find there is no warm water then you will know how awful it is. Among the possible reasons why this would crop up are problems with the thermostat, airlocks or diaphragm. Professional assistance is always the option you should take if the safe measures you have tried do not get you anywhere. Examples of this include having a look at how old your thermostat is because if you have had it for a while then it may no longer be accurate. The boiler may also have unwanted deposits in there which need to be flushed out.

Pilot light problem

boiler pilot lightIt is possible for your pilot light to be the source of your boiler issue so if this keeps going out then you can try one or two things. An air seal could have been damaged resulting in the pilot light being blown out. It is also possible for the light to be clogged up by deposits so if this is the case then make sure you clean it out

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