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When Might My Boiler Need Repairs?
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Not all aspects of life can be pleasant. At times, it can be incredibly frustrating when you have saved money for a nice treat, only for it to be needed within your home.
However, keeping your boiler in good working order can help you to feel that much more comfortable, as well as aid with daily hygiene. Learning to spot when your boiler may require some professional care might be able to reduce your overall repair costs compared to leaving the issue to get worse. Plus it will keep you safer in general.
If the pipes going into your boiler are corroded or damaged, this could lead to a gas leak within your home. This can put you at risk of illness and fire. When this is the case, you may need someone to fix your boiler who is trained to deal with these gases.
Depending on the issue, they may be able to complete these repairs that day. However, for larger issues, or even where parts are not available, you might need to wait.
If this is the case, it may be advisable for you to stay with friends. Or even book into a hotel for a few nights. As definitely you should not attempt to use a boiler with broken pipes. Your engineer may also reiterate this. At this point, it can be a good idea to look at your home insurance policy. This might cover alternative accommodation costs, relieving some of that financial pressure.
No Pilot Light
When you look at the boiler itself, you may notice a transparent section. Often, this contains the pilot light. At the times of day when your boiler should switch itself on, you might see a little flame flickering behind this section. If this flame doesn’t appear, or is too small and goes out, this could very well highlight a problem with your boiler.
A repair engineer may be able to find the cause of the fault, such as debris blocking the ignition jet. And they can fix this for you. It is important that you do not attempt to take apart the boiler yourself, as this could be incredibly dangerous.
While a single repair needed may not be cause for concern, if you notice that your calls to the engineer are becoming more and more frequent, this may be a sign that it is time to stop attempting to repair that specific boiler, especially if it is around 10 years old.
Although this may cost significantly more, replacing your boiler may help to cut down on repairs. As well as to keep you safer. As with your pre-existing boiler, it is still important to have your annual service. To try and help prevent damage to your new system.
Looking after the boiler in your home can help to supply you with hot water and heating, as and when needed. Sourcing a qualified engineer when things go wrong, or when you want a service, can allow for work to be carried out safely.
Maybe you can save money by making your home more eco friendly.