In October, the temperature outside will fall. Meanwhile, during this period, your boiler must be at work. But what happens if your boiler is faulty? Your home will surely get colder. This is the most appropriate time to either repair or replace your boiler if it keeps having faults.
Sometimes, you may turn on the heat and realize that your boiler system is malfunctioning. This frustrating condition occurs to many people every year. The boiler can malfunction for several reasons, so you must be observant of any fault, no matter how little. This is an important step that you must take to diagnose the problem.
The issues treated below may require you to repair the boiler. Nonetheless, in most cases, you need to replace those faulty ones.
Never leave a leaky boiler in your house. A leakage indicates that your boiler is faulty. Therefore, call a professional right away to find out the cause. A leak may occur for different reasons, including a broken pressure valve or an eroded pump seal. If the damage is severe, you need to replace the boiler.
Leaks are risky, so they should not be ignored. As a preventive measure, make sure that the pressure in the boiler is normal because high pressure can cause a flood. Besides, always diagnose and repair your boiler immediately when you notice a fault.
Banging and Whistling Sounds
Typically, a boiler should not make any sound as long as it’s functioning properly. However, banging sounds are common noticeable faults of many boilers. Gurgling and whistling sounds are also an indication of a problem. Strange noises may occur as a result of faulty pipes, low pressure, or air in the system.
Kittling is another serious fault that can cause a boiler to make serious banging and clanking sounds. This disorder occurs whenever there is a build-up of sludge or lime scale in the system. Kittling can cause severe damage to your boiler system. So, if you hear any unusual sounds in your boiler, call an expert immediately to help you fix the problem.
Radiators Not Heating Up
Another common problem is cold radiators. This is usually caused by air trapped in the system. There is, however, a simple solution to it: bleed the radiator to get rid of the air. This is a simple task that most homeowners can do on their own.
But if the problem persists after you have bled the radiator, it is likely a case of sludge. You need to call an expert to flush out and clean the radiator. Besides, the problem may also arise from corroded pipework, which requires that the pipes be repaired or replaced.
Low pressure in a boiler prevents the central heating system from working properly. Low pressure can be caused by a damaged pressure valve, water leak, or even bleeding the radiators.
Iced-up Condensate Pipe
Whenever temperatures outside fall, the condensate pipe is always the most susceptible to freezing. When waste gas from the boiler cools, it is converted to water and drained by the condensate pipe. The pipe may freeze if the water gets too cold. Therefore, ensure that the pipe is properly defrosted to avert severe damage.
Thermostat Going On And Off
The purpose of the thermostat is to ensure that the boiler supplies heat to a home at the appropriate temperature.
But if you observe that the boiler is fluctuating by going on and off before reaching this level, the fault is likely from the thermostat. The simple and direct solution to this is to buy a new thermostat to replace the faulty one.
It is very crucial to know the various warning signs of a faulty boiler system. Diagnosing the problem at the early stage may require only repairs to the parts, thereby saving you money.
However, unnecessarily delaying repairing a boiler can cost you more money. Lastly, service your boiler system every year to prevent avoidable malfunctions in the cold winter months.