Nearly 1 in 3 new boilers will breakdown in their first 6 years of operation, according to consumer organisation Which.
With this in mind, here are a few basic tips and checks you can do to check your boiler in the event of a boiler or central heating breakdown before you call a Gas Safe Registered Engineer to check and repair your boiler. If you are unsure of what you are doing, we recommend that you contact a professionally qualified tradesman:
- Check that you don’t have a gas supply problem. If this is the case, call your gas supplier to resolve the issue.
- Check your power supply at the mains in case there is a problem with the electricity supply, in which case you should call your electricity supplier.
- Is your boiler’s pilot light on? If the pilot light has gone out, it may have occurred for a variety of reasons. Consult the manufacturers handbook for instructions before trying to ignite the pilot light.
- Check that your thermostat is turned on.
- Modern boilers should have a pressurised system. Consult the manufacturers handbook to check that the pressure is set to the manufacturer’s instructions. Usually it will be between 1.0 – 1.5 on the gauge. If it is less than this, you probably need to refill and restart your system.
As with all boiler and central heating breakdowns, repairs and servicing; it in the interests of your own safety to seek the advice of a qualified, Gas Safe heating engineer. At Plumbing Wise we offer a responsive boiler breakdown and boiler repair service across the whole of North, North West and North East London, and surrounding areas into Hertfordshire and Essex.
For boiler breakdowns, servicing and repairs please contact one of the Plumbing Wise team.
If you would like to speak to a Plumbing Wise Heating Engineer directly regarding a boiler breakdown, boiler repair, servicing or certification, please call Peter Godfrey on 07930 336 795.