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Is Your Boiler Causing You Health Problems?

Updated: Feb 2, 2023

Your boiler is perhaps the most relied upon appliance in your home, however, when your boiler is not maintained properly or common faults are ignored, the consequences can be fatal. A faulty boiler can pose a significant danger to your household and although the issues are usually fairly simple to resolve, you don’t want to take the risk.

Here are some top signs that your boiler could be causing you health issues.

Strange smells

A healthy boiler should not give off any unusual smells. If you do notice a strange smell, this is a sign that your boiler needs to be looked at so turn the appliance off and call a professional gas engineer as soon as you can. Burnt metal or plastic smells are produced by overheating. On the other hand, a foul, sulphuric smell that resembles rotten eggs would point to a gas leak.

You’re experiencing regular headaches and nausea

Although rare, carbon monoxide poisoning does happen. Since the gas cannot be seen, it can be hard to recognise a leak, however, some of the first signs often include headaches and feeling sick. If you’ve noticed that you are experiencing these symptoms whilst the boiler is in operation, then it may be because of leaking carbon monoxide and you will need to have a professional take a look.

Problems with the pilot light

If you notice that your pilot light is constantly going out or burning a yellow flame rather than a blue one, then this could be a sign that your boiler is dangerous. If the light is yellow, this is an indication that the gas-to-air ratio in your boiler is off and there is too much air in the system. This could also indicate that carbon monoxide is leaking out of the boiler and into your home.

Black stains on or near your boiler

If you see black stains near your boiler, such as on the ceiling of nearby walls, there could be a leak coming from your flue. This means that fumes are seeping inside instead of being transported outside of your property so always get this sorted quickly to avoid further damage. If you notice a change in your boiler and need a professional opinion, the experts at Gastech can help. Based in South Wales, we provide installation, maintenance and repair services all for the sake of keeping your home heated and customers comfortable. Get in touch with us today for more information.

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