Winter Is Coming - Is Your Boiler Ready?

The trees are turning from green to yellow to brown and the morning grass dew is sparkling with the sunrise frost. This can only mean one thing – it is time for the annual argument about when the heating should go on, for how long, and how high. 

Before this argument can even begin, the bigger question you need to ask is, can your boiler provide the warmth this controversial topic ignites? Or do you need a boiler repair? Whilst none of us are experts in the subject, there are a few things you can look out for, before making that all-so important call to the engineer: 

It Talks To You 

Instead of its usual peaceful presence, is your boiler making noises? There could be a few different sounds you hear, from hissing to clunking to whirring. These noises could mean a number of things. It could be that the pressure is too low, it could be that salt and other bits are stuck inside or that a part needs replacing. 

It is Expensive 

Now, whilst it is perfectly normal for your heating bill to gradually increase whilst we move into the winter months, if you think the number is unusually high, this could be a sign that your boiler is not functioning properly. If you are not sure, the best thing to do is check your bills from this month last year and see if there is a significant difference. If there is, chances are, there is a deeper problem going on and you need a boiler repair. 

It is Slow 

If you finally win the argument and are allowed to turn the boiler on, this may be a sign that there is trouble brewing. A happy and healthy boiler should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to warm up. If it takes any longer than that, it may be a sign a boiler repair is in need. 

It Smells 

Carbon Monoxide leaks are a common problem for boilers and can be potentially really dangerous. Don’t be too concerned as the smell is not the carbon monoxide itself, it is just your boiler not burning properly. In terms of the smell, it will be similar to mold or rotten eggs. Very pungent! Another telltale sign of monoxide leaking is if the flame from your boiler is yellow, not blue. It is advised that all homes have a carbon monoxide alarm to keep you and your family safe. 

It Leaks 

It can be an easy mistake to make that leaks aren’t a sign that you need a boiler repair and are just part of having a boiler. This is not the case – if your boiler has any liquid coming out of it, you need call out an engineer asap! If leaks are left untreated for too long, the water damage can spread to other parts of the house and cause a long-lasting impact on your home. 

Make sure you have a lovely, warm, and toasty winter season by looking after your boiler and it will look after you.