Boiler faults are an inconvenience, especially when they show up during cold winter months. The key to minimising these faults is regular boiler maintenance. However, if you find yourself with a boiler emergency, the Gas Safe registered engineers at Kentish Plumbers can get your boiler back up and running, or advise you about a new boiler replacement.
But, before it gets that far, here are some common faulty boiler warning signs to watch for.
Warning Signs of a Faulty Boiler
Most boilers last about 15 years, depending on their workload and how often they’re serviced. If you encounter a boiler fault, you should contact a Gas Safe registered engineer. If left unaddressed, these faults can lead to a complete boiler breakdown and possibly a new boiler.
Leaks around your boiler pipes are usually caused by corrosion and require a skilled engineer to fix this part. A leak caused by broken or worn-out components will need to be replaced immediately. If a severe fault causes the leak, you may need a new boiler.
A common boiler fault is when your boiler pressure falls below the 1 bar. A leak in the system can cause this, recently bled radiators or a faulty component. Repressurising your boiler might bring the pressure back up, but this might not be the solution. If you have high boiler pressure, this might indicate a severe blockage in your system.
Inadequate Heating or Lukewarm Water
Both of these symptoms are signs that your boiler is not working as intended. It will also be wasting energy and increasing your heating bills. There are varying causes here: faulty valves, broken parts, low pressure or a defective thermostat.
Carbon Monoxide Detector Keeps Beeping
If your carbon monoxide detector beeps while your boiler is on, your boiler could be leaking carbon monoxide. This can be dangerous. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning: open your windows, switch off the boiler, contact a Gas Safe registered engineer, and contact the National Gas Emergency Helpline for further advice.
Dark Marks or Strange Smells
Dark marks on or around your boiler could be a sign that your boiler’s burning function is faulty. These marks could be caused by broken seals or blockage, limiting the amount of air getting to the flame. If ignored, these marks can lead to a strange smell and can cause carbon monoxide leakage. Of course, failing to fix this fault can also lead to the breakdown of your boiler.
Various causes can create your boiler to make unusual noises: air in the system; a faulty pump; low water pressure; rust or sludge; or a build-up of limescale – as most of the water in Southern England is hard water that comes from underground chalk aquifers. Any obstruction in your boiler can be investigated and flushed out by an engineer.
Do You Need a New Boiler?
Kentish Plumbers knows that plumbing emergencies are stressful events. So, we do not charge extra for emergency call-outs.
If your boiler is exhibiting any faults, get in touch with us immediately. If you are thinking of getting a new boiler, we can provide a free quote. We are a highly skilled team of plumbing and heating engineers, offering no-nonsense, jargon-free service to homeowners in Tunbridge Wells & Surrounding areas.