The most common problems related to heating are seasonal and mostly occur during autumn
after the central heating system has been lying dormant during the warmer summer months. Ideally the heating system in a home should be turned on at regular intervals during the warmer months so that it continues to work efficiently throughout the year. Even if you do take regular care of your heating system, a boiler problem can sometimes occur despite all efforts. A household can be thrown into chaos when a boiler breaks down, especially when it occurs during the winter. While some heating issues can be dealt with by a handyman, a serious problem can be expensive and more than just an inconvenience, and will require a professional experienced heating engineer to fix it.
To avoid being caught in an unexpected cold spell without heating, ensure that the system is checked and working correctly long before winter sets in. Some common problems experienced with heating systems are:
– Hot water comes out of the faucets but the radiators are cold. No heat or no hot water can be caused by broken airlocks, low water levels, or failed motorised valves.
– When the radiators are hot but there is no hot water it may be caused by the same problems as above. The radiators may need bleeding or the pipes may need a power flush.
– The boiler is making unusual noises. Air in the system can cause strange banging noises to come from the boiler or to emit gurgling or whistling sounds.
– A loss of pressure is most likely due to a leak in the system.
– Kettling occurs when lime scale builds up in the system’s heat exchange.
– Low water pressure can cause problems with the thermostat and air in the system can cause the boiler to keep switching on and off. Old thermostats are more likely to become inaccurate and turn the system on or off due to misreading.
– A pilot light that goes out can be caused by a broken thermocouple, a draught in the system, or a deposit build-up.
– Condensation in pipes may cause freezing that will block the system and cause the condensation to back up into the boiler. This could cause a complete shutdown of the system.
– Leaking or dripping could be caused by a variety of problems depending on where the leak is. A leaking gas boiler should never be fixed by a handyman but only by a registered Gas Safe engineer. The most common cause of a leaking boiler is an internal component that has broken, such as a pressure valve that is set too high, or a pump seal that has worn out and needs to be replaced. Leaking could also be as a result of corrosion or improper fitting. In a worst case scenario the entire boiler may have to be replaced.
In the UK a properly functioning heating system is extremely important and should be kept in top working order. Major problems can be prevented by keeping an eye on the system and dealing with minor problems promptly. If you are not a handyman, call in the help of an expert heating company as soon as you notice anything that is out of the ordinary, and in particular if any of the problems listed above are present. A team of experts will be able to efficiently diagnose and deal with any problem quickly and efficiently. often a central heating power flush will solve your issues