Checking your boiler before getting a professional in

Everyone understands that a
broken boiler could mean a costly
spend.

However one way to save some money is finding out the problem with your boiler and so that you can fix it before spending money on calling someone out to take a look.

So, we’ve come together to find out some of the easiest ways you can check your boiler before calling one of your specialists out.

Check your Pressure

First, check your boiler’s pressure! You will need to find the pressure gauge on your boiler, if it has the right amount of pressure then the needle should be between the 1 and 2 bar which is usually green. However, if the number is below 1 or greater than 2, it will indicate a critical zone, and is normally indicated by red.

Now low boiler pressure isn’t anything to panic about, and won’t cause damage to your boiler, it can however affect the efficiency and effectiveness of your heating. The common cause of low pressure is a leak in one of your radiators – have a look for any water on the pipework, or any damp patches or stains near your skirting boards. If you can’t find a leak, then it may be an issue with your boiler, you will need to get in touch with an engineer to take a look at your boiler.

This can happen throughout the year and you can top the pressure up, if you require assistance to do so, the CBFM team can assist over the phone.

Reset your Boiler

Another way to fix a problem with your boiler, is often by resetting it. Normally, this can be done by pressing the button or turning one of the thermostats to reset for 3 seconds before turning the stat back up. Here are some quick steps on how to reset your boiler:

  • Take a look at your boiler manual
  • Push your reset button for 10 seconds
  • Leave it for 2-3 minutes, your boiler should start up
  • Repeat these steps again if it doesn’t work the first time
  • If on the third time it still doesn’t work, check your gas supply

If this is alright, you may have a fault with the boiler, and you will need to call out an engineer.

Bleed your Radiators

You may want to bleed your radiators if they aren’t heating up properly or have cold spots. Bleeding radiators is super easy, and anyone can do it – doing this will also keep your home warmer and save you money!

Before you bleed your radiator, you will need to make sure that you have a radiator key and something to catch any water.

And now onto the quick steps!

  • Turn off your heating
  • Use your radiator key to turn the valve at the top of the radiator – you may hear a hissing sound, this is just air escaping, now you can use a cloth to catch any water the comes out.
  • Retighten the valve once the hissing sound stops, and only once some liquid comes out. Top tip: do this quickly to stop much water coming out!
  • Turn your heating back on
  • Check your pressure, bleeding your radiators can cause pressure to drop. If your pressure is too low, you will need to top it up.
  • Finally, check your radiator is now heating up properly.

Change Stat Batteries

Finally, a simple check can be to change the batteries in your thermostat. If you haven’t changed them before, this could be why it isn’t showing the right temperature. Take a look at your thermostat to see which batteries it needs, and simply pop in some new ones and see if that gets it back up and running!

Get in touch

We understand that every home is different, so this guide may not be what helps you. But if this doesn’t help solve your problem then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team who would be happy to help!

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