Boiler on the blink?
Do you currently live in a property that has constant boiler problems?
Do the radiators not heat up for no apparent reason?
Do you sometimes not have any hot water, but you can’t figure out why?
It could be that you have a faulty boiler, but can a dodgy boiler be a danger in your home?
Modern boilers usually come equipped with lots of safety precautions, thermostats, pressure valves, overheating sensors etc so in this case, if something does go wrong with your boiler, they are programmed to cut off and stop working completely, in this case you can contact your landlord or housing association so they can send someone to come and have a look at what went wrong.
However, if you have an older boiler, they don’t have the same safety equipment that most modern boilers do, therefore this means that you don’t really know what you could be dealing with if something goes wrong.
There are a few signs that something could be seriously wrong with your boiler, old or new, and that could be dangerous, never ignore these signs! Turn off the power to your boiler immediately!
- You can smell gas or fumes
- Any signs of soot, scorching, black marks
- The pilot light goes out or changes to a yellow flame.
- Headaches and nausea when the boiler is running.
There are many horror stories about unfortunate events involving faulty boilers and Carbon Monoxide. Carbon Monoxide is a poisonous gas that has no smell or taste, breathing it in can make you unwell, and it can also kill if you are exposed to high levels. There are around 25 deaths per year from accidental Carbon Monoxide poisoning in England and Wales.
If you think that you or your family are suffering from the effects of Carbon Monoxide poisoning, you should seek emergency help immediately. If you are worried about Carbon Monoxide there are plenty of alarms and detectors you can buy for your home, this might help with peace of mind, especially if you have an older boiler in your home.
There are some other, common faults that can happen to your boiler, such as loss of pressure, overheating, error codes on modern boilers etc. But please do not attempt to fiddle and try and fix it yourself. As with with any gas appliance, only a professional should be fixing the issue.
Every year, your landlord or housing association should be arranging for your home to have an annual gas safety check, this gives you peace of mind that everything is working how it should, however, if you can’t remember your landlord ever arranging this, then you really need to get on to them about his immediately.
If you do not have much success with this, then please contact us today and see how we can help.
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