Boiler on the blink?
Winter is here which means it’s more important than ever to ensure your boiler is in tip top condition!
Maintaining and servicing your property’s gas and heating is a legal requirement to all landlords, as a tenant you can help by understanding whether there are any issues which need to be reported.
Foremost have put together some signs to look out for over the winter months!
An instant red flag would be that you have no heat! Although it could be something simple, it’s important to be aware that it could indicate a more serious issue. Notify your landlord as soon as possible if you have no heat.
If your radiators are hot at the bottom but not at the top it could be a sign that your boiler is struggling. Bleeding the radiators is usually enough to fix this problem, however if this doesn’t work it is worth contacting your landlord. An engineer will be able to fix the problem and ensure there isn’t anything more serious to fix.
If the pilot light isn’t clear or keeps flickering, it could be a sign that there isn’t enough oxygen in the system to power it. If the pilot light goes out, there could be a broken thermocouple stopping the supply of gas or a build up of deposit behind the pilot light. Sometimes this issue can be resolved by a thorough clean to be undertaken by a professional.
Hearing strange noises? This could be excess air in the system which could cause a serious issue if limescale has built up. Bleeding radiators can usually resolve the issue but it is worth having a qualified engineer look at the system to ensure there are no underlying issue.
Extremely cold weather can cause the boilers pipes to freeze, this can prevent the boiler from functioning as it should. Signs that this may have happened include gurgling sounds or the boiler switching itself off. The quickest way to resolve this is by pouring boiling water over the pipe or covering it with a hot water bottle. If this fails to resolve the issue it is worth contacting a registered engineer.
Boilers are the blood of your home, it is important that it is well looked after and you are aware of signs to look out for if the boiler is struggling.
For more information, please feel free to contact us here at Foremost and we will be happy to help.