Boiler Repair Tips

Dealing with a boiler breakdown can be stressful, especially in the winter months in the UK. While certain boiler problems necessitate professional attention, there are a few small difficulties that you may be able to fix yourself. Here are some DIY boiler repair tips that will help you get your heating system back up and running while saving you time and potentially money.

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5 Tips To Repair Your Boiler

1. Check the basics

Before getting into more advanced troubleshooting, be sure that the fundamentals are in order. Check that your boiler's power supply is turned on, that the thermostat is properly set and that the program settings have not been changed accidentally. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the most successful, so double-check these elements before going.

2. Repressurise your boiler

If your boiler has low pressure (the gauge should read between 1.0 and 1.5 bar when the system is cold), it may require pressurization. This is a basic task that can be completed without the help of a technician. 

Locate the filling loop (often a silver or grey flexible hose beneath the boiler) and open the valves to allow cold water into the system. Monitor the pressure gauge until it reaches the desired level, then close the valves.

3. Reset the boiler

If your boiler is displaying an error code or has stopped working, a quick reset may remedy the problem. Locate the reset button, which is often located on the boiler's front panel. Press and hold this button for approximately ten seconds. After releasing, wait to see if the boiler resumes normal operation.

4. Bleeding radiators

If your radiators are cold at the top and warm at the bottom, air may be trapped inside, blocking proper heat circulation. Bleeding your radiators might help to remove trapped air. Use a radiator key to turn the radiator's top valve. When water begins to drip out, it signifies that all the air has been gone, and you can close the valve.

5. Check the pilot light

For older boilers with a pilot light, ensure that it’s lit. If it goes out, it could indicate a problem with the thermocouple, which cuts off the gas supply when the pilot light fails. If you can safely relight the pilot according to the manufacturer's directions, do so. However, if it fails to stay lighted, you may need to replace the thermocouple or clear an obstruction in the pilot tube.

Contact Us For Boiler Repair In Bury, Rossendale, and Ramsbottom

Get in touch with our heating engineers in Rossendale, Bury, Ramsbottom, and other nearby areas for boiler repairs and other services. Contact us today at 01204 888255 or by using our contact form.