A boiler is something you need to live comfortably during the cold winters. However, quite often, especially right at the beginning of winter, the boilers malfunction. This is because they have been out of use for a while and need some warm-up.
You cannot repair all kinds of boiler issues yourself. Boiler repair is kind of tricky based on your experience.However, there are a few that you can. While the comfort you get from boilers cannot be measured, the issues that it can cause can be. So let’s take a look at the issues that you can fix and others that you should leave for a professional.
The Common Issues
- A frozen condensate pipe.
The boiler is placed well inside the house but its pipe is not. As the pipe is exposed to the cold winter ice outside, the condensate pipe can freeze. This will cause the boiler to shut off.
You have to really check that the pipe has frozen. If it has then you can either fix it yourself or call a professional.
- Lost pressure.
Another common issue you will face with boilers is low pressure. If the pressure is low you won’t get ample heat from your boiler. Now, these issues rise from three different issues. It could be any one of the following:
- There may be a water leak somewhere in the boiler system causing the pressure to decrease.
- You have bled your radiator quite recently.
- The pressure release valve is faulty so it needs to be replaced.
How do you know that the pressure is low? From the built-in pressure gauge. If the reading is below 1 then you need to check the boiler for flaws.
- Leaks from the Boiler.
There are multiple causes behind leaks in the boilers. You can determine the cause by observing where the leak is occurring.
- Pressure Valves: If the leak is coming from the pressure valves then the pressure of the boiler may be too high.
- Pump Seal: An internal component of the boiler may be broken causing it to leak.
- Pipes: Corrosion and buildup in the pipes can also cause the boiler to leak from the pipes.
If your boiler making a lot of sounds and it sounds particularly like a kettle? This is because it is putting in too much effort to get through. The reason is usually corrosion in the pipes. This not only causes the sounds but it also overheats the boiler.
- The Pilot Light.
If the pilot light which is a small blue burning flame that keeps a larger burner going goes out then your boiler may not work properly. If it doesn’t work then there may either be a problem with the gas supply or the pilot light itself.
- The Thermostat.
If you are noticing fluctuating or inaccurate temperatures then the thermostat may have lost its brain. Your boiler may be creating weird temperatures but if you think it isn’t then the thermostat’s the problem.
These are the most common issues you will face with a boiler. Some of them can be fixed easily while others need professional hands. You can consult the manual of your boiler to figure out what you should do.