There are a lot of great benefits to having central heating with a gas boiler, but every now and then, you are more than likely to encounter a situation.
Even though it is quite possible that the issue you have will be exceptional, the large majority of the time you are likely to find that your gas boiler issue is a frequent one. This guarantees that choosing the best solution will be much easier and faster than what you expected.
A number of gas boiler problems can in fact be avoided by having your gas boiler serviced regularly, we strongly recommend at the very least annually.
The Six Most Common Boiler Repair Problems
- No Hot Water
- Boiler Dripping or Leaking
- Strange Sounds Coming From Your Boiler
- Extinguished Pilot Light
- Boiler Has Low Pressure
- Problems With The Thermostat
1. No Hot Water – Essentially, your gas boiler isn’t doing its job whenever this occurs, and there are a handful of potential causes.
- A diaphragm or airlock is broken.
- There is a low level of water.
- There may be some thing not right with your thermostat.
- A motorised valves has broken.
The easiest and first things that you can check are the boilers water pressure and the thermostat. If it is any one of these issues then simply follow your gas boiler suppliers instructions for dealing with these problems. If it is not any of the issues above then you ought to contact a Gas Safe registered and qualified boiler engineer to look into the issue safely.
2. Boiler Leaking Or Dripping
Leaks and drips are a common symptom of a probably much more significant issue, however, unless you are qualified to do so you shouldn’t try to work out the issue yourself. A lot of the causes for your boiler to have leaks or drips are going to call for a trained boiler engineer to fix them. Leaks and drips are typically a result of a malfunctioning pressure valve or pump seal. When it is replaced, you might have to lower your boiler’s pressure, your boiler engineer will be able to advise you on how to do it.
3. Strange Sounds Coming From Your Boiler
Probably one of the most noticeable of all boiler problems is when your gas boiler starts to make strange noises, for instance, banging or gurgling. It’s likely that air is trapped within the system is the issue, however, it could possibly also be due to low water pressure. Unfortunately, the issue may also be much more serious, like your boiler getting to the end of its lifespan and you really need a brand new boiler installed.
4. Extinguished Pilot Light
The remedy for an unlit pilot light is very easy, simply relight it. However, before trying that you need to check out your system to find out if there is an even more severe issue primarily. Problems you may spot include:
- A nearby draught blowing out the light.
- Build up close to or around the pilotlight that puts it out.
- The source of the gas might be halted by a thermocouple that is broken.
If you do spot something that you think could be an issue then you need to get in touch with your local gas engineer to look into and if called for deal with even before you make an attempt to relight the pilot light.
5. Boiler Has Low Pressure
A loss of pressure in the gas boiler might be an indicator of an issue with your heating system itself. You can review the pressure of your boiler by looking at the gauge and ensuring that it is more than 1. If it is not, then there is an issue elsewhere within your heating system which needs to get looked into by a trained gas engineer.
6. Problems With The Thermostat
An unreliable thermostat might cause several issues, so it is vital to determine a routine plan (at the very least once a quarter) to be sure that the thermostat is operating as it should. It’s a quick test. You just simply start by making sure the thermostat is placed in the appropriate position and has the correct setting and that the boiler turns off when you decrease the temperature setting and then back on again when you increase the temperature setting.
The above problems are the main ones that our gas engineers are contacted for. If you are in any doubt at all then it is safer to contact a trained gas engineer that is on the Gas Safe register to take a look and advise you.
If you do have an issue with your gas boiler and want a 24 hour boiler repair then contact our Hartlepool team and book a visit with one of our local 24 hr emergency gas boiler repair engineers.