Signs of a boiler breakdown

If you have ever experienced a boiler breakdown, you know just how challenging and disruptive it can be. But did you know that there are some warning signs that will help you spot potential boiler problems, and get help to prevent a full breakdown? Well, this is our guide outlining the common signs of a boiler breakdown.

What are the common signs of a boiler breakdown?

There are a number of warning signs that indicate that your boiler is likely to breakdown soon. These include:

  • Strange noises from the boiler
  • The boiler pressure has dropped
  • The boiler keeps switching off

Peculiar noises

It can be quite normal for your boiler and pipework to make noises, soon after being switched on. This is simply the effect of the heat and the cold metal meeting. However, if your boiler starts making noises that are not what you are used to, a problem could be brewing. In fact, if your boiler is whistling, almost like a kettle, there could be a build up of limescale around the heat exchanger and the pipes. This limescale will prevent the water from heating up to the desired temperature, and will make your boiler work harder than normal. This can cost you more money in terms of bills, and it can also lead to a full boiler breakdown. So if your boiler is making any peculiar noises, get in touch today!

Drop in pressure

On the front of your boiler there should be a pressure gauge. And this should be set at 1 bar, where it would have been set to on installation. If your boiler pressure is dropping or rising, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your boiler will break down. But it does indicate an issue with your central heating system. And if you know how to re-pressurize the boiler, and the pressure still drops or rises, you need to get in touch with a professional.

Boiler switching off

A boiler that keeps in turning itself off, can be very irritating and inconvenient. But it also indicates that there is a real issue with your boiler. A boiler that is switching off, is not reading the signals from the valves or the thermostat correctly. And this type of fault can lead to a full boiler breakdown.

If you notice any of these boiler warning signs, contact the professionals today at RWM Plumbing and Gas.