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Most Common Boiler Repair Problems

Boiler breakdowns can be common and are never a convenient experience. Your system operates using a range of components, meaning there are a number of situations that can cause your system to require repair. There are options you can consider to prevent system breakdowns. Here at Gastek we provide a range of services that can come to your aid during a boiler breakdown such as Home Care Plans and Boiler Servicing. Our engineers are largely experienced in boiler repairs and are trained to the highest standards.

Common Boiler Issues and solutions 

There are a range of issues that can cause your boiler to break down and require repairs. Below, we’ve outlined some of the more common boiler issues and what can cause them. We’ve also included some expert advice on preventions and solutions to these specific issues. If you’re experiencing a boiler breakdown and require an emergency plumber, call Gastek today. 

  • No Boiler Pilot Light 

Your boiler pilot light is the small blue flame that keeps the system burner lit. If this keeps going out, your system will not work effectively. Usually, the thermocouple is broken and is disrupting the gas supply. If you’re going to attempt to reignite the light yourself, make sure you check the gas supply for issues. There should be advice on reigniting the pilot light in your systems accompanying instructions manual. If there is a gas issue, this is a sign you need to call out a gas safe engineer.

  • Boiler Cutting Out 

If your boiler is cutting out during operation, it’s usually due to an irregular pressure issue. Check your system’s pressure gauge. If you get a standard reading, then you may need to bleed your radiators to resolve this issue. If this does not work, there may be a more complicated cause to your system cutting out and you’ll need to contact an engineer. 

  • Low Boiler Pressure 

Boiler losing pressure can be due to a number of reasons. Checking your boiler pressure is straightforward and something you can do yourself. Simply go to the pressure gauge on your system and take the reading. If the needle is below one, this means that your pressure is too low. This will affect your heating’s efficiency. Resting your boiler pressure should be explained in your systems manual however, as always if you’re unsure it’s best to call out an engineer. 

  • No Heating or Hot Water 

This is the most common boiler repair problem. Having no heating or hot water is one of the most inconvenient boiler breakdowns to experience. Start by checking your thermostat. If all readings are regular then the issue may be due to a broken part that needs to be replaced. There are a range of factors that can result in this breakdown and it’s usually best to call out an engineer to seek repair. 

  • Frozen Pipes 

Again, frozen pipes are one of the most common boiler repair issues.  This pipe transports acidic water produced as a result of waste gas and usually runs outside into the drain. Depending on the location of the pipe, it can be susceptible to freezing during the winter. Your boiler will usually display a warning light for this particular problem. Attempting to unfreeze pipes yourself can sometimes lead to further damage. If you’re unsure for any reason, contact Gastek. One of our reputable engineers will be happy to help. 

  • Burst Pipes 

Unfortunately,  system breakdown due to a burst pipe is one of the more devastating boiler repair problems. There are a range of different factors such as water pressure failure and frozen water. Pipe insulation and annual servicing are the best method of prevention. 

  • Water Leak

Determining the cause of a water leakage can be tricky, and it’s important to find the cause fast to minimise the amount of damage caused to your home as much as possible. Usually, a leakage is caused by the breakage of an internal boiler part. Leaks can sometimes be due to corrosion or improper system fitting. Due to the high stress levels this kind of boiler repair can cause, and the added factor of damaging your home, it’s important to call an engineer as soon as possible. 

Annual Servicing 

Annual boiler servicing is one of the most effective methods of preventing boiler repair issues. Boilers work hard to keep our homes warm and to make sure they continue to do so efficiently, they need to be maintained. A boiler service every 12 months will ensure your system continues to work as it should. 

During a boiler service, your engineer will check all components of your boiler and if they are operating correctly. This will help to highlight any potential problems before they become an emergency. You will be able to schedule any necessary repairs at your convenience. Often, customers avoid annual servicing on the pretense that they are saving on their energy costs. However, emergency repairs are often a lot more cost demanding.

Home Safe Plans 

Having a home safe service plan in place will identify potential issues and rectify them before they become major problems. Gastek home safe plans come in five different levels to suit the requirements and budget of all homeowners in the West Midlands. Visit our website to find individual price plan breakdowns and recommendations. 

Here at Gastek we pride ourselves on our ongoing customer satisfaction and outstanding customer service. If you find yourself in a situation that requires a plumbing engineer, call Gastek to receive a professional, quality service. 


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