Got a boiler Problem? Let’s look at what it could be.

We all rely on our boilers don’t we. They sit there in the kitchen coming off and on like their supposed to and we don’t give them a second thought, until they go wrong of course then we have to take notice. One day they are happier providing us with hot water and the warmth of the radiators and then the next thing you know it’s all whirr clunk and then nothing. What could have gone wrong? First of all, a call to a Boiler Repair Gloucester firm like should be you first port of call as boilers contain natural gas and electricity two things that you don’t want to mess about with if unqualified. We still have a quick look at some of the most common issues with boilers right now but don’t try and fix them yourself.

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  1. Boiler generally not providing heat and hot water. Its very likely that a value or a diaphragm may have gone somewhere in the system and the boiler is refusing to work as it cannot pump water correctly or how it should. The other issue is it that the pump is gone and there is no hot water being pushed around the system or there is an airlock.
  2. Dripping or leaking out water. Do not try and fix this yourself, its highly likely that an internal valve or seal has gone, and the unit will need to be dismantled.
  3. It starts making unhealthily sounding noises. Again, this is an internal issue and can be the water boiling or kettling as it is known. Kettling is very common in hard water areas where it is a build up of yucky sludge and limescale deposits that block up the pipes and restricted the flow of water. The water starts to boil and make banging noises in the boiler.

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  1. If the radiators are not getting hot, we finally get to a job that you can attempt to fix yourself. You will need a towel and a radiator key. You are now going to bleed the radiators. Each one will need a twist at the valve end. Be ready with the towel as if you turn it too far water will come out. This is a good sign as it means the water is being pumped around the system correctly. If you hear a hissing noise this is also good as it means the air is escaping from the radiator and will soon be replaced with hot water. This is quite a common occurrence but doesn’t mean that there is something more sinister going on. If it persists then an expert will be required.
  2. Thermostat has given up. This is an issue where the thing that regulates the temperature of the water, if its not working properly then the system will not know when to put the heating on.

If you have any doubts do not attempt to fix this yourself. Call a registered engineer such as the chaps in the link above.