It can be frustrating when anything breaks down, but particularly when it happens to your boiler which keeps the house warm and provides those hot showers through the cold winter months. If you’re unsure whether your boiler is running efficiently, it’s always worth getting it checked over by a gas safe engineer to ensure you get it repaired before anything breaks.
Here are some telltale signs to look out for which indicate that your boiler needs repairing:
It’s making strange noises
Whether it’s a clunking mechanical-sounding noise, a whistle or a sloshing sound, unusual noises could be a sign that there’s an issue that needs fixing. Strange noises are indications that there are parts that aren’t working efficiently and if left unrepaired, can result in the need for a full boiler replacement. There are a number of reasons why boilers might make noises, including an issue with the pipes or pump.
There’s water leaking from it
Water leaking from the boiler could be an indication of a whole host of issues including malfunctioning internal parts which could turn into more serious problems. Getting a gas safe engineer to look at the issue is the best way to identify the matter and get it fixed immediately.
Your energy bills are more costly
If your boiler isn’t working efficiently, it may be more costly and result in increased energy bills. If you’re noticing that your energy bills are more costly than usual, it could be down to a fault in your boiler. ‘Kettling’ is a fault that occurs when substances such as limescale and sludge build up, limiting the water flow and forcing the water to boil. If your boiler is working harder than it should, it can cost more to run.
Your hot water is slow to turn on
When boilers are turned on, they should heat water up almost immediately. If yours isn’t- there could be a fault in the circulation. Likewise, if your hot water or radiators aren’t turning on at all, this is an obvious sign that your boiler needs repairing.
It keeps switching itself off
Low water pressure or faulty pumps can result in the boiler turning itself off. If the boiler isn’t circulating water efficiently it can trigger a cut out of the system. The simplest way to diagnose the issue is to get a boiler engineer to assess the problem and get it quickly repaired.
Remember, boilers usually have a lifespan of around 15 years. It’s a good idea to have your boiler serviced annually to ensure that it works efficiently and to avoid costly repairs. If you suspect that there is an issue with your boiler, don’t hesitate to contact a gas safe boiler engineer who can identify and fix the issue promptly.