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19 January 2023

How To Spot The Signs Of A Boiler Problem

Generally, most homeowners don't pay enough attention to their boiler system. They often do not check it as regularly as they should. Out of all the systems connected to your home, you’ll be surprised to learn how important it is to have a functioning boiler. Depending on your boiler, your boiler can be responsible for heating your water and using your gas, oil or electricity supply in order to heat your home. 

After reading this article, you will have the knowledge to spot the signs of a faulty boiler. We want to inform our readers and customers of the signs and when it’s time to call a boiler expert, like us here at Royal Boilers. If your boiler isn’t working property, it exhibiting the following signs:

  1. No Supply of Hot Water 

If your water is cold or just warm all the time, even when you leave the kitchen tap running for a few minutes or maybe it’s flowing slower than usual, your boiler could have low pressure. This could be due to recently bleeding air from your radiators, in which case it could take a day or two to correct. Alternatively, it could be a sign of a bigger problem such as a leak or incorrect pressure.

  1. Heating Delays

After turning on your boiler, if it takes longer than usual for your boiler to heat up, it might have a circulation problem. This problem can be a simple fix for an experienced professional. In a more serious case, it could mean you will need to install an entirely new unit. 

  1. Faulty Power

If your unit is constantly turning on and off without a warning, or if it fails to work after switching it on, there might be a problem with your boiler's power supply.

  1. Leaking Water

If you notice water leaking around your boiler, this is an obvious sign that something is wrong. It can be caused by issues such as having the wrong pressure, radiators that need bleeding, corrosion in your pipes, damaged boiler pump seals, heat exchanger problems or a leaking overflow pipe. Additionally, if your boiler is leaking water, it’s most likely using more energy than necessary. If it’s not fixed sooner rather than later, there could be a high risk of a bursed pipe.

  1. Unusual Noises

An early sign of spotting boiler damage is the sound your boiler makes. A whistling, whirring or thumping sound are all signs that your boiler may have damage. Other unusual noises are generally a sign of a broken heater pump, a blockage or a damaged heat exchanger.

  1. Abnormal Smell

Gas has an odourless smell. However, most boilers today are fitted with mercaption to give off a distinctive smell. lf you notice a metallic or rotten egg-like smell near your boiler, you could potentially have a gas or oil leak. We recommend calling your local gas emergency helpline. Switch your boiler and gas supply off, and open windows for better ventilation. Luckily, Royal Boilers are Gas Safe registered and we can complete any gas work needed.

  1. Your Boiler is Old

Like any other appliances, they can’t last forever. Statistically, boilers over ten years old are more likely to waste valuable energy. Boilers with poor maintenance are more likely to break down and require repairs more frequently. Eventually, you will need to replace it with a new boiler.

Do You Notice If You Have A Boiler Problem?

lf you notice something else wrong with your boiler or if you’re in doubt, it’s always best to call a professional. At Royale Boilers, our team of professional engineers can quickly diagnose and repair your boiler, no matter what type of boiler you have installed in your home. For assurance, all of our work is covered with a 30-day labour and 1-year parts guarantee.

Other than repairs, we can also regularly service your boiler. Allowing it to run smoothly. You also benefit from using less fuel and saving money on your bills. A saving which is important in the current high cost of living crisis. For all your boiler servicing and repair needs, get in touch with us.