If you are reading this article, then you are probably experiencing an issue with your boiler. It’s safe to say there is nothing worse than a cold shower! Don’t panic; we will have you up and running again before you know it. The good news is, diagnosing and resolving the cause of a boiler breakdown is usually relatively straightforward. You may even be able to fix it yourself without our assistance! So, before you schedule an appointment with one of our Plumbers in Ipswich, let’s see if this article can resolve your issue.

Everybody will experience the inconvenience of a boiler breakdown at some point or another in their lifetime. Nothing lasts forever, especially the rusty old boiler which has been in the property since before you bought it! This article will explore some of the common causes of a faulty boiler, and where possible, provide the steps required to diagnose and rectify the problem.

Inaccurate thermostats

If you notice that your hot water is colder than usual, then there may be an issue with your boiler’s thermostat. The thermostat is an integral component of any central heating system; it is there to measure and regulate the temperature of the water circulating in the system. Combi-boilers usually feature two thermostats; one for heating and another for water. Even a small discrepancy of a degree or two is enough to cause issues!

Depending on the type of boiler that you have, rectifying an inaccurate thermostat can be a simple fix. Usually, changing the battery and giving it a good clean will be enough to resolve the problem! Have you tried that? Our Ipswich Plumbers can diagnose, and if needed, replace your thermostat.

Frozen pipes

Another common problem that will cause your boiler to malfunction is a frozen condensation pipe in the winter months. Every condensing boiler features a condensation pipe which is there to transport acidic water out of the system. When the condensation pipe is frozen, your boiler will likely display a warning light. This problem commonly arises during periods of colder weather!

If you can locate the condensation pipe, then it is super easy to rectify this issue. Heat a hot water bottle and place it on the pipe; this will cause the ice to melt. However, if you are unsure as to where the pipe is located, or would prefer to leave it to a professional, our Plumbers in Ipswich are available 24/7!

Loss of pressure

It is easy to determine whether your boiler has suffered a loss of pressure. You can do this by checking the pressure gauge. Your boiler will feature a pressure gauge; you should be able to spot it straight away! The exact position of the indicator will vary depending on the model and manufacturer of your boiler. If the pressure has dropped below 1, then there may be a problem with your system.

When your boiler has lost pressure, you should begin by checking your system’s pipes for signs of a leak. Even a small leak can cause your boiler’s pressure to drop! If you locate a leak, you should reduce damage by placing a bucket and towels to catch the water. However, you may need one of our Ipswich Plumbers to attend to resolve the issue for you fully. Please be aware that a leak is not the only cause of reduced pressure; you may have a faulty pressure gauge. When our engineer is at the property, they will conduct a thorough inspection to determine the cause of the problem.

Pilot light is out

The pilot light is a small gas flame that is there to light the burner inside the boiler – there are a few issues that could cause the pilot light to go out. The pilot light being out is an indication that there might be a problem with the gas supply. Other causes include a broken thermocouple; a draught may have blown the light out, or in a more severe instance, it may have gone out to prevent an explosive build-up of gas.

If your gas stopcock is on and your boiler is not receiving an adequate supply of gas, you should contact your energy supplier and ask them to troubleshoot the problem. However, if you can smell gas, please leave your property immediately and contact a Gas Safe registered engineer – do not attempt to relight the flame yourself under any circumstances. In the case of an emergency, you can reach our Emergency Plumbers in Ipswich on 07990012780.

Suspect noises

Depending on the type of issue in question, sometimes it is possible to diagnose a problem with a boiler based on the sounds that it is making.

  • Dripping noises indicate that there is a leak somewhere in the system.
  • Whistling sounds are a sign of limescale build-ups and kettling. In addition to this, whistling is caused by trapped air somewhere within the system. To resolve this, our engineer will perform a power flush.
  • Gurgling noises from radiators and pipes are an indication of a build-up of excess air within your central heating system. This problem can be resolved by bleeding the radiators throughout your property.
  • Buzzing sounds are evidence that there is a part in the boiler that needs to be replaced. This is often the case with older systems which have been poorly maintained.

Ultimately, your boiler will make noises even when it is healthy! It is important to recognise the noises that your boiler usually makes; this will enable you to determine when any noise is unusual. You mustn’t ignore suspect sounds; if you do, then it may lead to a more costly issue a little further down the line.

Boiler Servicing in Ipswich

You can increase the lifespan of your boiler by keeping it well-maintained. The installation of a new boiler can be costly and it is an expense that you can push to the future by looking after the system you currently have. This article has been written to point you in the right direction should a problem arise with your boiler. Remember, it is usually easy to diagnose and fix a problematic boiler, catching the issue early is often the key between a quick fix and a replacement.

Whether your boiler has broken down and you need us to diagnose the problem, or you want to schedule an annual service to keep your boiler in good health; our Plumbers in Ipswich are fully qualified Gas Safe registered engineers. Schedule your consultation on 01473 561013.