Central heating radiators and boilers are essential to see us through the cold Kent winter months. Central heating units enable you to maintain a comfortable and relaxing environment and to save money. When you have a central heating boiler, water is first heated and then distributed to central heating radiators located throughout your house. If you want to get the most from your central heating system, its vital you ensure that there are as few maintenance issues as possible. Although you might feel tempted to ignore such problems, doing so only enables them to progress, which makes them more costly to repair. Therefore, its worth learning a little about the most common maintenance issues you might experience and what to do about them.
Central Heating Do’s and Don’ts
Pilot Light Goes Out
An extinguished pilot light is the most common problem people run into, and its vitally important that you know how to handle it. People often attempt to light their pilot light as soon as they notice it is out, but this is not always wise. If gas is still leaking out, you could be putting yourself and your family at risk of an explosion, so you must first turn the gas valve off and open any doors and windows in the area. After ensuring proper ventilation, you may turn the gas back on and attempt to ignite the pilot light.
Inability to start the pilot light could mean you have a faulty or damaged thermocouple. If this is the case, you will need to have it replaced. You must also check near the doors and windows to determine if there is a draft, which could be extinguishing your pilot light. If this is your problem, you can fix it yourself by properly sealing your windows and doors.
Heat Pump Failure
The heat pump is responsible for transporting the hot water from your boiler to your central heating radiators. These heat pumps are usually reliable, but they do fail on occasion. Heat pumps do not always go out suddenly, so there might be warning signs that signal trouble. If you notice your radiators are not producing as much heat as they did in the past, it would be wise to contact a professional repair expert like us at ProPlumbUK to look into it for you. Some people wait too long to address this issue and get stuck without heat as a result.
Because your pipes may originate in your basement, its vital you ensure they are properly insulated. Otherwise, you could be losing heat as the water travels through the cold pipes. Not only will this problem reduce the efficiency of your radiators, but it will cost you money. If you fail to insulate and protect your pipes properly, they could also freeze and stop working entirely. When water freezes, it will start to expand, and this could cause your pipes to burst leading to flooding and a major repair and insurance claims nightmare. So best always to avoid this scenario.
If you are lucky, your thermostat could be broken, and if this is the case, making the appropriate repairs will be relatively cheap and easy. A shorted wire is most likely to blame, and you might be wondering how to determine if this is the problem. If you are unable to find any other problems with your heater, try changing the settings on your thermostat. If you don’t notice any changes in the performance of your heater, then you have likely identified the problem.
Whether you are having problems with an existing central heating system or you want to have a new one installed, its important to have it done properly. Mistakes and errors are much cheaper to prevent than to reverse. Therefore, you want to hire a company on which you can trust and depend.
We here at ProPlumb UK are a professional and experienced central heating, boiler installation and repair team. Having been in business for over 20 years, we have seen it all, so we can address any issues you might be experiencing. Having the job done right the first time will save you money on repair costs in the future. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us today on 0800 298 2639, and we will be happy to assist you.
We install, repair and service central heating radiators, boilers and electric systems throughout Kent including Bromley, Sevenoaks, Orpington, Petts Wood, Chislehurst, Beckenham, Bickley, Keston, Otford and St Paul Cray to name but a few.