What can I try if my boiler stops working?
Boiler break downs are a pain and a real source of stress! BUT before you call your gas safe engineer, there are a few simple things that you can try.
We know how much stress and hassle is caused when your central heating boiler decides to stop working, especially when it’s in the mioddle of winter (even worse at Christmas!) when you have lots of people over and worse still many plumbers are also on holiday (not The Helpful Plumber – we work all year round!) and this is why we have written this blog.
The following are a few common boiler faults and could save you a call out fee for a gas safe plumber that attends and just flicks a switch.
Did you know that the Helpful Plumber can repair boilers from only £30 and provide boiler servicing from only £80?!?
- The power supply of your boiler.
The first thing that you should check is the power supply of your boiler. This sounds simple enough but many people automatically go into a panic and miss checking this. It could be a fuse or perhaps your electrical board has tripped and just needs resetting!
- Your reset button.
The majority of boilers now have safety devices built in and may have caused your boiler to trip, so simply resetting your boiler may very well get your whole system back up and working. You can normally locate your boilers reset button at the front of your boiler. It may be a dial that needs resetting back to zero and then turned back on.
If you cant find or you’re not sure where your reset button is, please consult your boilers user manual.
- Your boilers pressure.
Your boilers pressure can run low and this can cause the boiler to stop working and is very common with gas combi boilers. Your boiler will have a pressure dial with 1 – 4 bars and show you a safe zone where the pressure level should be. It shouldn’t be showing as too low or too high. If the pressure is lower than 1 bar, most sealed system boilers wont function due to safety.
Consult your manual which will tell you how to lower and increase pressure. If this keeps happening, your boiler could need servicing – give us a call on 07885 403609 or contact us here to find out more.
- Heating control.
Often your heating controllers and timers etc are very complicated to use. Some controls will send signals wirelessly to your boiler and may reset or stop working – so it’s imperative that you check your controls.
Perhaps it needs a new battery or someone had pressed the wrong button?
- Your gass supply.
Your supply of gas can cause a boiler breakdown, especially if you are on a payment metre and the gas gets switched off. Ensure your card is topped up and your card inserted! Also, press the gas metre reset button and it will re-establish a gas supply to your boiler.
If the above doesn’t offer a solution to your problems – please call us on 07885 403609 or contact us here.