When it comes to your boiler, there are several warning signs to look out for which may indicate that it needs a repair. Some of the signs may not be as obvious as others, so it is important to keep an eye (or an ear) out for all of them.
Often these signs are ignored, which only leads to bigger (and more expensive problems down the line). When it comes to your boiler, these are some of the signs to look out for that may mean it’s time to call in the professionals to take a look.
If you are noticing that there is uneven heating in your home, this is probably caused by the boiler system needing repair. Are you experiencing some rooms heating up faster than others, or that one room heats up while another does not? It could be a mechanical fault in the boiler that needs to be repaired or replaced. The only way to find out if the problem is with your boiler is to have a qualified professional service engineer look at it for you.
Strange smells coming from the boiler or out the vents
Strange smells are never a good thing, especially if it is coming from your boiler. It could be a leak, a small broken component, or even something serious. It’s important to note that carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, and if it starts to leak into your home it poses a serious health risk.
A quick search online will show you how many people in the US die each year due to carbon monoxide poising. While you may not be able to smell this gas, any smell coming from your boiler may mean that something may have cracked or broken, causing a leak in this dangerous gas. Call in the specialists straight away if you suspect something doesn’t smell right.
Bills are higher than normal
If you’ve noticed an increase in your monthly electricity bill, there is a good chance that your boiler may be in need of repair. It could mean it is not being as efficient as it used to be, which is causing it to work harder and use more electricity. Calling in the professionals now will save you money in the long run.
Leaking from the boiler
If you notice water leaking from your boiler, it’s time to call in the professionals. As a boiler is a closed-loop system, it means that piping or another component may have cracked or broken. A leak means that your boiler is at risk of developing serious damage.
Delays in heating rooms
An older boiler takes on average longer to warm a home than a newer one. This is usually down to technology and old parts that are simply not as efficient as they once were. It could also mean that something in your boiler has broken down or that the entire system needs replacing. An expert will quickly be able to determine the issue and what the best course of action is.