Gas Boiler Troubleshooting

The housewife is upset, the gas water heater has broken..Are you having problems with your heating? If your boiler is on the blink, you’ll want to get it looked at as soon as you can. However, there are some gas boiler troubleshooting tips you can follow in order to shed some light on the problem.

Following is a short – and by no means exhaustive – list of common heating problems. Some things you will be able to fix yourself, saving you money. However, even if you have to call in the professionals, a little at­home gas boiler troubleshooting will make life easier for the engineer who comes to fix it ­ meaning you’ll be back up and running as quickly as possible.

Gas Boiler Troubleshooting #1: Radiators Not Heating Up

If your radiators aren’t heating up you should first try to bleed them. This will remove any air in the system that could be causing your system not to work properly. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, you may have a problem with radiator sludge. Gas Services offer a power flushing service to remove the sludge and get your house warm again.

Gas Boiler Troubleshooting #2: Noisy Boiler

If your boiler is making lots of noises you haven’t heard before, this could be due to a build up of limescale in the system. This is called ‘kettling’. It can sometimes be resolved in the same way as radiator issues, by bleeding the radiators or having the system power flushed. However, if these options don’t work, you should book a gas boiler service to deal with the problem.

Gas Boiler Troubleshooting #3: Boiler Switching Off

There are many reasons that your boiler might switch off. Low water pressure is a common problem; if you find the pressure has dropped, you can refill the boiler with the correct tap (usually found under the sink!) in order to get the boiler working again. However, water pressure dropping regularly is a sign that something isn’t right, and should be investigated.

Gas Boiler Troubleshooting #4: Pilot Light Going Out

If your pilot light keeps going out, there could be damage to the seals or a faulty thermocouple. If the pilot light won’t stay lit, call Gas Services – this is a problem that should be seen to by a professional.

Gas Boiler Troubleshooting #5: Boiler is Leaking

This is a surefire sign that you need to get somebody in. Even if your boiler is still working, a leak is a sign that it probably won’t be for long!

As you probably know, working on gas boilers is something that should always be left to trained, qualified gas installers. All of our Gas Services engineers are registered with the RGII, giving you the peace of mind you need when your boiler needs to be repaired. If your boiler is exhibiting one of the problems above, call us for a professional, efficient, customer­ focused service at a fair price.