20 Boiler FAQs

20 Boiler FAQs

Boilers are wonderful but mysterious home appliances. If you need assistance with choosing a new boiler, have concerns about your boiler or need general plumbing help, then a plumber in Essex will be able to assist. With their in-depth knowledge of plumbing and their expertise, they will offer you a friendly and professional service.

 

What Should The Pressure Gauge Read?

Each boiler has a pressure gauge that measures the pressure that is inside the boiler. The general reading of pressure should be between 1.0 and 1.5 on the pressure gauge. This is a steady point for the pressure level. However, if at any point the pressure drops below 1.0 you may find you need to pressurise it. Doing this will put it back to a safe and steady level of pressure.

 

How Do I Get My Boiler to The Right Pressure?

If your boiler’s pressure is too high, then you can lessen it by bleeding a radiator. The result of this will lessen the amount of pressure in your central heating system and therefore your boiler. However, if the pressure of your boiler is too low, you may find that opening both valves on your boiler will help. Doing this will let a flow of mains water back into your boiler. Keep an eye on it until it reaches the appropriate pressure level (1.0-1.5) and then close each valve, one at a time.

 

Why Does My Boiler Lose Pressure?

Your boiler may be losing pressure as a result of wear and tear. The older a boiler gets, the more they tend to struggle. A solution to this would be to call out a plumber and potentially have a new boiler fitted. However, the pressure loss may also be a result of an underlying problem in the boiler or central heating. To fully have this diagnosed you may find you benefit from calling a plumber.

 

How Do I Bleed My Radiator?

To a bleed radiator, you first need to turn off the central heating and then find the radiator key. If you can’t find the key, then a flat-head screwdriver will work just the same. With the key, open the valve to release the air trapped in the radiator. When doing this, a hissing noise will begin to indicate the air is leaving. During the process ensure that you have a cloth to catch any water that may leak out. Once finished, close the valve and check on the radiator a few hours later to check it’s heating correctly.

 

Why isn’t My Water Hot?

There could be many reasons as to why your water isn’t hot. The main reason being that perhaps your boiler has broken down. If it’s not that it has broken down, then it may be something to do with a valve in the boiler called a diverter valve. It may have got stuck, worn out or become faulty. There may even be a chance that you have blocked drains. If you have blocked drains in Essex, get in touch with one of our plumbers today to resolve the issue. 

 

How Regularly Should My Boiler Be Serviced?

It is recommended that boilers should be serviced on an annual basis to maintain their ability to offer heat for you. However, whenever you feel your boiler needs looking at then call a plumber to have a look at it.

 

Why Should I Replace My Boiler?

There are many reasons as to why your boiler may need replacing. It could be things such as age, the fact it’s broken down or to maintain its efficiency. Maybe you’re looking to become more eco-friendly? You can get new boilers that are energy efficient and may strongly benefit you.  

 

When Should I Replace My Boiler?

Knowing when you need to replace your boiler will benefit you as it will maintain the efficiency of it. If you’ve had your boiler for 10-15 years, then you may want to consider getting another one. The older a boiler is, the more it will struggle to warm up water and your home.

 

What Are The Different Types of Boilers?

There are many types of boilers available for you. The three main ones include a heat only boiler, a system boiler and a combination boiler (combi boiler). If you’re unsure of the type of boiler that will be best suited to your home, then calling a plumber may benefit you, as they will be able to make a professional judgement on the boiler that will be best for supporting your home.

 

What is a Heat Only Boiler?

With a heat only boiler, it will store hot water in the tank until it is needed. This allows you to have hot water continually and use it when you need it without having to worry if it’s hot or not. This type of boiler requires an individual hot water tank, further determining how many bathrooms can be supported by it.   

 

What is a System Boiler?

A system boiler is quite similar to a heat only boiler. The difference is that the system boiler has additional components inside and takes up less space. It also uses stored water which is useful for larger homes as it enables hot water taps to be fed at the same time.

 

What is a Combination Boiler?

The combination boiler is designed to work when you want. Whenever you want hot water, the boiler will heat it up straight from the mains. This can be set on a timer with your central heating so that you have hot water at certain times of the day.

 

How Do I Know Which Boiler is Best Suited to My Home?

You may find it beneficial to know what boiler is best for your home. The more radiators you have and the bigger the rooms are, the bigger boiler you are going to need. This is because it is going to have to heat up enough to warm all the rooms and the radiators while also giving you hot water.

 

How Do Boilers Work?

Boilers work by merely heating up water in your home to produce you with warm showers and a warm home. The boiler doesn’t just provide you with hot water, but it goes to all the radiators in your home to make them hot. From this, the radiators will then warm up each of your rooms.

 

How Do I Know if My Boiler is Working Properly?

More often than not you’ll be able to understand if your boiler is working properly. If you are all of a sudden not getting hot water or any heat in your home, it is likely to be as a result of the boiler no longer working. If you also notice unusual smells or sounds coming from the boiler and it isn’t performing as efficiently then it might be breaking down and need to be looked at.

 

My Boiler is Making Noises, What Does that Mean?

Boilers aren’t the quietest home appliance. They may make a quiet whirring noise when it turns on to indicate that it is heating up. However, occasionally they can also make banging noises. These sounds can be as a result of sediment deposits building up over time in the boiler.

 

Can Boilers Leak Gas?

Yes, they can! If you have a gas boiler, it’s incredibly beneficial to have a gas detector by it. Should the boiler ever leak gas, it can be hazardous and put you and your family at risk. If you ever detect gas or are nervous there is a gas leak, then turn the boiler off and call a plumber immediately to get it checked out.

 

Where Can I Install a Boiler in My House?

Boilers can be fitted anywhere in your house; most rooms are safe. However, make sure that if the boiler is going to be mounted, that it is mounted on a sturdy wall. This is due to how heavy the boiler is. A good wall would be an outside wall built with bricks as it will have the most strength. It is also beneficial to think about where the condensate pipe and flue can be fitted.  

 

What Do You Need to Know About My House Before a New Boiler/Heating System is Installed?

When getting a boiler, you need to make sure that it will be the right size for your home. To ensure this, the plumber will need to know a few things. For example, how many radiators your home has, how many bathrooms and rooms you have and if you have double glazed windows. This information will allow the plumber to understand the size of the boiler that will benefit you the most. With their in-depth knowledge of plumbing, a heating engineer in Essex will professionally help you get a new boiler/central heating system installed.

 

How Do I Know if My Boiler is Economical?

Knowing if your boiler is economically friendly is as simple as looking for the energy star rating on it. A boiler that has an excellent score/rating will run in a very efficient way offering you your money’s worth.

 

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