Broken Boiler Problems
One of the most annoying household problems is a broken boiler. The chances are that it has failed during cold weather, so things get pretty chilly, pretty quickly.
The first thing you should do is look at your boiler’s manual. It will give a list of fault codes, and give you an idea of whether it is a problem that you can solve on your own, or whether you’re going to need to call a local boiler repair service. If you can’t find your manual, it is usually pretty easy to download a copy online from the manufacturer’s website.
If you can’t fix it yourself, then boiler repair costs can vary quite a bit depending on the fault. Minor repairs such as a replacement gas valve or fan could cost around £200, whereas more extensive work, for example replacing a heat exchanger, could cost around £400.
Three of the most common boiler problems
1 A frozen condensate pipe
Make sure you insulate your condensate pipe with foam, a pool noodle (used when learning to swim) will do the job – see picture. If it’s already frozen, simply defrost it with warm, not boiling, water.
2 Boiler losing pressure
If your boiler has lost pressure, open the taps on your boiler until you achieve the optimum pressure, which is usually marked in green on your boiler. Don’t forget to turn the taps off when you have finished.
3 Water leaking from the boiler
If there is water leaking from your boiler you will need to call in a plumber, as this is usually because of old and corroded parts, which will need to be replaced by a local boiler repair company. The cost of this will very much depend on which parts have corroded. You should never attempt any boiler repair yourself that involves removing the casing, as it could be dangerous.
Save the phone number for Peter Jones Plumbing somewhere handy. We are Gas-Safe registered plumbing and heating specialists based in Penwortham, and we can carry out a full boiler repair service. We cover a large area, including Preston, Fulwood, Walton-le-Dale, Buckshaw Village and Chorley.