Here at Origin, our years of experience have taught us that a boiler breakdown never happens at a convenient time. It can be a stressful and uncomfortable experience for you and your family. Our expert plumbers are on hand to help you get your boiler up and running again, as quickly and efficiently as possible. All of our engineers are Gas Safe Approved and operate in the Kingspark , Bearsden, Paisley, and the surrounding Glasgow areas.

Boiler Breakdown

There are a range of different components within your system and different situations that can cause your boiler to break down. There is also a range of methods that you can use to prevent system breakdowns and ensure maximum operating efficiency.  When your boiler breaks down, it’s usually best to call an engineer as soon as possible. This will help to minimise further harm being caused to your system. Here at Origin, our engineers are highly experienced in locating and repairing all types of common boiler issues. Here, we’ll take a look at the most common boiler issues and what to do if they happen.

Common Boiler Issues

No Heating or Hot Water

One of the most common and inconvenient boiler issues is having no heating or hot water. There can be many possible causes for this breakdown so it’s usually best to call out an engineer to find a solution.

Water Leakage 

A boiler leakage can be caused by a variety of issues and determining the cause can become tricky. It’s important to learn where the water is leaking from.  Usually, an internal component of the boiler such as a pressure valve is broken. However, sometimes a leak can come from the tank or pipes due to improper fitting or corrosion. When experiencing a boiler leakage it is important to call out an emergency plumber as soon as possible. This will prevent damage from being caused to your home and get your system repaired quickly and efficiently.

Boiler Cutting Out 

Your Boiler may turn on just fine, but cut out during operation. This is usually caused by irregular pressure. Start by checking your pressure gauge, if this is fine then bleeding your radiators can help to alleviate pressure. Always call an engineer if you are unsure.

Low Boiler Pressure 

A boiler can begin losing pressure for many different reasons. Checking your boiler pressure is quick and easy. Simply look at the built-in pressure gauge on your boiler and take the reading. If the needle is below one, this means the pressure is too low and that is why central heating systems are not functioning properly. How to reset your boiler pressure should be explained in your systems manual.

Frozen Pipes 

Frozen pipes are an extremely common boiler issue. Every system has a condensate pipe. This pipe transports acidic water produced as a result of waste gas and usually runs outside into the drain. Depending on the location of the pipe, it can be susceptible to freezing during the winter. Boilers will usually display a warning notification for a frozen pipe.

Burst Pipes

Burst pipes are one of the most devastating boiler issues. They can be caused by a range of issues such as freezing, water pressure, or failure to complete regular maintenance checks. There is a range of methods to prevent burst pipes, such as annual servicing or insulation. At Origin, we are highly experienced in burst pipe repair and are happy to offer any advice on preventing them.

Unusual Boiler Noise 

Your boiler producing a low hum is normal. However, a loud boiler or an unusual sounding boiler could be a sign of a serious problem. Different noises indicate different issues. A whistle or a gurgle usually means that air is trapped inside system pipes or the boiler itself. Bleeding your radiators should solve this issue. If this doesn’t work, it’s best to call an engineer to locate and repair the issue which should fix the noise.

Boiler Emergency

At Origin, our plumbers are on hand to help you with your boiler when it breaks down. Some cases are more severe than others, but it is always best to call an engineer as soon as possible. This can help to minimise further damage being caused to your home and system, leading to more costly repairs. Getting your boiler fixed quickly will also mean your family is not uncomfortable for too long, and you can return your home to comfort. For a trusted, Gas Safe engineer, contact Origin today.