You might well think that it would be pretty simple to tell if your boiler isn’t working and needs a qualified gas engineer to come out and take a look at it. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and it can be tricky to work out if there’s a fault or not.

First of all, if you are worried that your boiler isn’t performing properly, you should check that it’s actually on. It might sound a bit ridiculous but here at Home Services Assistance, we do get called out quite a lot to sort out boiler breakdowns only to find that it’s because the gas supply to the house is no longer working or the boiler itself has been accidentally turned off.

So always check that this isn’t the case – and you could end up saving yourself quite a big call-out bill into the bargain. Have a look to see if your pilot light is on, the easiest way of making sure the boiler is fully operational. If the pilot light is out, it may not be that your boiler is broken. It might just need to be reset or relit which you can do yourself by following the manufacturer’s guidelines – so don’t throw your boiler handbook away if you can help it!

You should also make sure that you read the handbook thoroughly when you have your new boiler installed so you know what does what and if it’s all been programmed correctly. The more familiar you can be with it, the easier it will be for you to troubleshoot any potential issues.

One reason that boilers may stop working is because of a drop in pressure. Check your pressure dial if you have a combi boiler and then go around the house looking at your pipes and radiators to check for any leaks. This type of boiler comes with a valve handle that can be manually lifted so as to add more pressure into the system, but you should always turn the boiler off first as it can be dangerous if you add too much pressure.

When you go around your house looking to see if there are any leaks in your radiators, check at the same time for cold patches and spots. This could signal that there’s a build-up of air getting in the way. To solve the problem, just turn the boiler off for a couple of hours to allow the system to cool down, then use a bleeding key to bleed your radiators. Continue until water starts to drip out of the radiator, then close the valve.

If you do continue to have problems after doing this, get in touch with us at Blackburn boiler repairs company Home Services Assistance and we’ll be able to come and sort it out for you for good. We’ll also be able to offer you further advice on how to keep your boiler in good nick in the future.