Modern technology is great. In the past (very distant past, mind you) getting hot water or even just a stream of clean water was basically impossible. We take things like running water for granted, but thanks to engineering experts and clever minds around the world, we’re able to take advantage of these comforts and bring them to our homes.
Our boiler is a central part of our house. It heats our water and keeps us warm during the cold season. However, it’s also an extremely dangerous appliance if not handled properly. It can lead to gas leaks, it can explode, and it can even cause problems with the water itself. Luckily, these problems aren’t common and regular inspections can help reduce the chance of something catastrophic happening.
However, it’s all about detection. The earlier you notice these problems, the higher the chance you’ll have of fixing them in the future. So here’s a small guide on what problems to look out for and why you should immediately contact a water heater repair service should you see these issues. Even if you’re unsure, it never hurts to speak with a professional.
No Hot Water or Heat
This is an obvious sign that your boiler might have a problem. It could just be a simple case of your boiling being off or, for some reason, needs to be restarted. However, if you experience this on a regular basis then it could be a disaster waiting to happen. If your boiler frequently fails despite the number of times you have to restart it, then you should get on the phone as soon as possible.
Boiler Pressure Fluctuations
If you noticed that your boiler pressure is constantly rising or dropping, then it may indicate a sign that there’s a fault within your plumbing or within the boiler itself. You can learn to top up the pressure on your own, but you should consult the manual or a professional before tinkering with the valves and settings. If your boiler is constantly losing pressure, then it may indicate an early sign of failure and it should be checked soon.
Flames Burn Yellow Instead of Blue
If the flames on your stove are burning orange instead of blue, then it might indicate a carbon monoxide leak as a result of a faulty boiler. Ensure you have fitted a carbon monoxide detector in your home so that you get an early warning. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer that has no colour nor smell, making it particularly deadly to the uninformed. If your boiler hasn’t been serviced for a while and you’re noticing that flames are burning yellow instead of blue, switch off your appliances immediately and leave the house. Get on the phone to an emergency boiler service and have them arrive immediately.
If your boiler is making strange rumbling sounds then don’t be alarmed—it could just be a limescale deposit or sludge boiling up in some part of your boiler. These need to be cleaned out as quickly as possible because it makes your boiler work harder, resulting in more gas consumption and while also reducing the lifespan of your boiler.