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Boilers are an essential part of our households because they keep us warm. They supply us with the warm water we need to take showers in the cold weather. Since winter is just around the corner, central heating boilers are soon to be back in business.
However, they can break down or have other issues with them. This is mainly because the boiler has been resting all summer, and when you start them up after having it sit idle for a long time, many problems can happen. These are a few problems and solutions on how to fix them.
Not Heating the Water
This is the most common problem that can occur with a boiler. Not being able to perform the only task a machine is expected to is a red flag.
Many modern boilers may even display an error code if things aren’t right.
Make sure other gas appliances are working correctly before declaring the boiler as the main culprit. Check things the usual suspects like the fuse trip, diaphragm, and airlock.
Make sure the pressure of your boiler maintained. If it is too low or too high, then you might need to re-pressurize it.
You can do this by checking the main filling loop of the boiler. Check if the pressure valve is in the right place or if it’s loose. Turn off the boiler and open the valves, and you might be able to hear the water filling up.
Check the pressure meter, and when it turns 1.5, then you can turn the boiler back on.
Resetting Your Central Heating Boiler
We live in a day and age where you may just need to reboot the technology. If your boiler is messing up and not working very efficiently, then you might want to push the reset button.
Read the manual and locate the button to reset it. Doing this may set things back to normal.
Leakage is another prevalent boiler issue.
If it’s a gas leak, you might be losing pressure, so you should call a boiler serviceman to take a look at it. If you find water dripping from the boiler, it might be because of a broken internal component, high boiler pressure or corrosion in the pipes or tank. Find the source of the leak and try to fix it.
If your boiler is old, you should look for a new one. Look for contractors who sell boilers and also provide central heating installation.
Thermostat Not Working
A thermostat controls the heating of a boiler, so it must work properly. You may want to install a new thermostat every few years before it gets old and broken.
Installing a modern thermostat is a solution to a malfunctioning old thermostat. If the thermostat isn’t working at all, then you might want to change the batteries before calling in an electrician or replacing it.
If the problems persist, call a boiler maintenance specialist or purchase a whole new central heating boiler system. Have a safe winter!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.