Is Your Boiler on the Verge of a Breakdown?

The boiler is arguably the most important/expensive appliance in your home. That's why it's vital that you're able to spot when it's on the verge of a breakdown so you can avoid an otherwise costly repair... 

Cold water? You might be due a boiler repair

A lack of running hot water is maybe the most obvious sign that something isn't right with your boiler, but it doesn't necessarily mean that your boiler is broken. Rather, it might just be a case of waiting for the header tank to refill (although it's worth noting that if you regularly need to wait for the tank to refill, it might suggest that your boiler is undersized, in which case it might be worth considering upgrading your boiler).
However, if waiting fails to do the trick, it might be that there's a broken airlock or a failure in the motorised valve; both of which would need to be fixed by a qualified gas engineers. 

Cold radiators?

Another obvious telltale sign... Whilst poor heat circulation can often be fixed with a simple bleed of the radiator or a complete powerflush of the central heating system, a need to continuously bleed or rebalance the radiator might suggest a much deeper problem with your boiler. 

Low water pressure

If you've noticed a drop in water pressure in recent weeks, we'd recommend you check out the pressure gauge on your boiler. If the reading given is below 1, you might have a leak in the system or it might be a sign that the pressure release valve needs to be replaced. Either way, call out a gas engineer in Wolverhampton, Walsall or wherever you live to double check! 

Loud noises coming from the boiler might suggest an imminent repair...

Boilers that are on the verge of a breakdown often emit strange noises, ranging from loud bangs to burgling noises to screeching kettling noises; especially unsettling if the boiler is located next to your bedroom. These noises are often as a result of trapped air in the system or, especially with regards to kettling noises, as a result of a build of limescale/sludge on the heat exchanger. 

Boiler switching itself off? Call a gas engineer

A boiler that switches itself off without reaching the desired temperature is clearly not in the best of shape. Rather, it might suggest that there's an issue with the water pressure, thermostat or that there are frozen condensate pipes (especially likely during the winter) effecting it's performance. 

Broken boiler? Book a repair with our engineers in Walsall, Wolverhampton

We hope our short blog helps you spot faulty boiler signs before it's too late. If worst comes to worst, here at 1st Time Fix, we offer a boiler repair service across parts of the West Midlands, covering Cannock, Dudley, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Wednesbury, Wolverhampton and all surrounding areas. Feel free to give us a call on 01902 918 185 or 07534 511 262 if your boiler has broken down.