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Boiler Trouble? 4 Common Issues and Their Causes

Boilers are a very useful feature to have in a home, and for many, the thought of life without a boiler can seem a very cold possibility. We rely on them so much that should something start to go wrong, we often worry what it will mean for our homes.

Luckily, the most common issues are easily fixed by a boiler technician, but it’s always handy to know what is causing them to occur to help avoid encountering them again in the future!

My Boiler Keeps Turning Off

There’s nothing worse than coming home after a long day at work and looking forward to relaxing in your warm, cosy home than to find that your boiler has mysteriously turned off while you are out. No, you don’t have boiler gremlins, but there may be something going on within your boiler to cause it to shut down and turn off completely.

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This could be anything from the water pressure in the building being too low, to the thermostat starting to fail, or even the weather outside affecting the pipe; if it’s pretty cold out, the pipes may have started to freeze!

The Pilot Light Has Gone

The pilot light is one of the most essential features of the boiler; it needs to be kept alight to keep the boiler operating. It’s the source of ignition, so it can understandably be frustrating when the pilot light has gone out and won’t light back up again.

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This can generally be attributed to damaged seals within the system, or even a thermocouple which has started to fail or become faulty.

If you notice that your pilot light has gone out, it’s best to contact a boiler expert rather than try and fix it yourself, mainly for your own safety.

My Boiler Is Leaking

One of the most common complaints that we hear about is that a boiler has started leaking water, which is understandably distressing. Not only does it make you worry about the state of your boiler, it can also severely damage your property with the water if you don’t know it is occurring.

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Leaks generally occur if something within the boiler starts to become loose or break, meaning that the only way to find the source of a leak is to open the boiler and locate it. This must be left to a trained professional – don’t attempt to open the unit and try and locate it yourself!

Most of these common issues can be avoided by having your boiler regularly serviced and maintained by a boiler professional – something that we specialise in here at Range Experts! If you’d like to find out how we can help keep your boiler functioning properly, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.