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A Closer Look at the 6 Most Common Boiler Problems and Ways to Solve Them

Before The Outside Temperature Starts Freezing, Get Your Boiler Ready!

When the cold winter comes knocking on everyone’s door, the one heroic piece of equipment that keeps everyone warm and comfortable in their homes is the boiler. If you think your boiler is not working properly or that there are some issues with it, then it is better to put it to test beforehand than wait for cold winter nights. There are many things that can go wrong with the boiler. While some of these can be fixed easily by repairmen, others might require replacing the boiler. Below are the six most common boiler problems and how to solve them. 


If you notice water around the tank or pipes of the boiler, then there is definitely a leakage. This can happen when the boiler pipes are old and rusted. The components lose their dexterity, and you will notice leakages or drippings. A local contractor can come in to inspect the tank and pipes to see if you need to replace the pipes or if it is simply the case of loose-fitting. 


If your boiler is making astounding and weird sounds, then it could be due to deposit build-up in the heat exchangers. It is one of the common boiler problems.  If overlooked, it can clog the flow of water. This usually happens when the water is hard but sometimes can also happen when the water is soft. Look for the build-up and try to clear it out. 

Pilot Light Off

The blue flame that is located underneath the boiler keeps the system lit and running. If it turns off then, it means that there is something faulty. Sometimes by merely reigniting the flame, the problem can be solved. However, this can be dangerous, and contractors at Boiler Repair Wakefield recommend only to call gas safe engineers to deal with any such issue. These engineers have the right tools and knowledge to fix the gas-related issues without hurting anyone or damaging anything. 

Pipe Is Frozen

The pipes of the boiler are more prone to freezing when the temperatures outside are very low. When the water freezes, there can be a blockage. This usually happens in new boilers that have condensing boilers. If this happens, you can try to defrost the condensation pipe. This can be done by pouring warm water over the pipe or by applying a warm cloth to it. If you have other methods of warming the pipe, then you can use those. Make sure to keep your safety gloves on and wear protective gear to avoid any injury to yourself.

Inaccurate Thermostat

To be able to retain the correct temperature of heat inside your house as well as the hot water level, the boiler’s thermostat should be working properly. If the reading is wrong, then you need to get it fixed as soon as possible. If the thermostat is old, then the best option would be to replace it with a new one. However, if that is not the case, then you can check if the settings are done wrong and if you can set it right again. 

Irregular Heating

There could be some parts of your boiler malfunctioning. This can be evident if you notice that your house loses heat at times and also if the water is not consistently warm. This could be because some of the internal components could be failing. These can be either repaired or will need to be replaced.

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The above-mentioned are the most common boiler problems that you can have with your boiler. However, if you are thinking of fixing it yourself, it is always advised to practice caution as you can hurt yourself and even cause bigger damage. To be completely on the safe side, always get a professional contractor to look at the boiler if you think it is not functioning properly. 

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