St Helens Plumbers Blog - st helens plumbers

Go to content

Main menu

Common Boiler Problems

Published by Lee in Plumbing · 9/4/2012 21:55:18
Tags: boilerproblemsplumbingplumbersgassaferegisterheatingengineer

Boilers have a series of control mechanisms designed to distribute heat as well as hot water at peak times. Faults with these controls can amass your fuel bills making your home uncomfortably hot or cold.

Basic checks to your thermostat, programmer along with time switches, the digital programmer and radiator valve may help to get the boiler up and running.

Remember:

Don't ever make an effort to do any complex servicing or even repair work on your heating system yourself - always seek the skills of a Gas Safe Register approved heating engineer. And keep in mind that all boilers and heating systems should be serviced and checked out regularly by a professional. This will stop any future problems and expensive emergency call outs.

Thermostats

Look at the age of your thermostat. Over time they can lose their accuracy, misinterpreting temperature settings and turning the warmth on/off at incorrect times. Always be advised that while a gas boiler engineer can easily clean and recalibrate your old thermostat, it could be wise to purchase a new one along with extra energy-saving controls at your community DIY store.

Setback along with programmable thermostats warm the house when you need it and turn heat down when you don't * they can cut heating bills by simply 10 to 20 percent.
Programmers as well as time switches

These are hardware time-clock driven programmers. Check that the time dial isn't stuck. If that's the case, the program on/off timing will be incorrect. The hot water and central heating are controlled via the timed/off/constant switches found on your current boiler.

Electronic programmers

Check that the actual LCD display, circuit board electronic devices or relay hasn't unsuccessful. If you already have a standard widespread backplate behind a failed electronic 1, a replacement usually just plugs straight in its place (the same way any plug fits into a outlet). These can be found at most DIY stores. Simply remove the keeping screws holding the unit onto the backplate.

Radiator valve

If you have a thermostatic valve, turn up the thermostat. If you have a conventional lock shield valve, remove the plastic-type cover and adjust the setting.

If no adjust occurs after you've adjusted the actual settings, you have a fault using your radiator valve and will need to call a Gas Safe Register professional to drain the system and put it back.

Condensate pipe

A condensate pipe carries condensation out of your boiler to your outside drain. In the course of extremely cold weather the moisture build-up or condensation in this pipe may get cold and cause a blockage causing the condensate to 'back up' into the boiler and cause a shutdown.

Signs that the condensate pipe could have frozen include your boiler's display exhibiting a 'fault code' or warning light as well as gurgling or bubbling sounds coming from the boiler or the condensate pipe.




Back to content | Back to main menu