It may not be the most exciting topic, but if you are without hot water, it will definitely be very important! Heating systems often have problems that need dealing with. Here are 5 of the most common that might affect your system.
- Boiler Making Noises
There are lots of problems that can cause your boiler to make noises. Some of them are simple to fix, and others are more difficult. If there’s scale building up in the tank, this can cause bubbling that makes noises. Noises can also be caused by not enough water getting into the tank. If this comes about as a result of frozen pipes, you’ll have to call an expert out. If you have no idea why your boiler is making a noise, don’t ignore it, call an engineer.
- Radiators Only Warm at the Bottom
When you start to notice that your radiators are only warming up at the bottom, it can be a bit frustrating. But luckily, it’s a pretty simple problem to fix. This usually means that there’s air trapped in your radiator which then stops the hot water from circulating. To get the air out, you need to bleed the radiator. To do this, you simply turn off the heating system, turn the nut at the top of the radiator with a radiator key and then catch the water that falls out in a bucket below. This should solve the problem quickly and simply.
- Loss of Water Pressure
For a water heating system to work properly, the pressure remains to remain at the right level consistently. Combination boilers are pressurized systems that use a filling loop to keep water pressure at the right level. If the pressure drops too low, you’ll need to repressurize the system. You do this by topping it up with water via the filling loop. You remove the cap and then insert the hose. As the water fills it up, keep your eye on the pressure gauge, and then stop when it reaches the right level. Then the water pressure in your bathroom should be fine.
- No Hot Water
If your central heating is working, but you’ve got no hot water, then you have a problem. Firstly, check that the thermostat is set to 60 degrees Celsius. Then check that the motorized valve is open on the boiler. If it’s stuck and won’t open, you’ll have to call an expert. If you have a furnace in the house, you should call someone who specializes in furnace repair. This is a pretty tricky problem to fix, so if you can’t fix it quickly by yourself, it’s best to let an expert do the work.
- Leaking Boiler Pipes
Leaking pipes are both annoying and expensive. No one wants to hear that noise of dripping come from their pipes. But it will also add up over time. You’ll be charged for all that wasted water next time your water bills falls through your letterbox. It could also cause water damage depending on where the pipe is located. The first thing to do is locate the drip and see what the problem is. If the pipe is just a bit loose, it should be easy enough to tighten it up and fix the problem. But if there’s a hole in the pipe, it will have to be replaced.