It’s not always necessary to call out an engineer to fix your boiler and heating issues. Sometimes a boiler problem can be solved with a quick DIY fix.
In a few simple steps, you may be able to fix the problem yourself without the need for an engineer to visit your home:
If you’re having issues with your boiler taking it’s time to heat water, or not at all, you may need to top up your boiler pressure.
If the drop in pressure was not due to an ongoing component fault, the pressure should remain at the normal level. If the pressure continues to drop, then the system may have a leak somewhere and needs to be inspected by an engineer.
Resetting your boiler can be relatively simple, and may kickstart your boiler back into shape. In order to reset your boiler, please refer to your boiler’s manual (by finding your hardcopy of the manual, or a quick search online) to find the reset button.
Usually, you will have to hold the reset button for 10 seconds. After a few minutes, the boiler should start working again. If it doesn’t work the first time, you can attempt the reset for a second time, however please refer to the manual before you do this.
If a radiator is not getting hot when the central heating is active, this may be a tell tale sign that your radiators need bleeding.
Due to the simplicity of bleeding a radiator, you only need a selection of household items before starting the process, such as a dry cloth and a large bowl. The only specialist kit that is required is a radiator key, a small and cheap tool that is available on Amazon or at most DIY stores. To bleed your radiator correctly, you just need to follow a few simple steps:
After you complete these steps, we recommend that you check the pressure gauge on your boiler as the process of bleeding radiators can cause pressure to drop. If this is the case, you can ‘top up’ the pressure via the filling loop located on your boiler (please refer to the first section for the steps).
If your home feels too hot or too cold, there may be a problem with your thermostat. Take a look at the most common problems and their solutions below, to see if they help.
First, we recommend making sure your thermostat is sufficiently powered. If it’s battery-operated, you may find that the batteries need changing. You can usually tell if the battery is low as the LED screen will have faded and some of the info on the screen may be missing. Changing the batteries in your thermostat is very straightforward (depending on the model of your thermostat. In most cases, you will only need to remove the front cover and swap the old batteries for new.
Many households have external condensate pipes that are vulnerable to freezing in the winter. A frozen boiler condensate pipe can prevent your boiler from functioning properly, leaving you without heating and hot water.
Providing you have safe access to your condensate pipe, you should be able to unfreeze it with hot water.
To do this:
If pouring hot water on your boiler condensate pipe doesn’t work, you could try using a hot water bottle instead. Leave it on the frozen section for a longer period. When you see water leaving the pipe or hear a trickling sound, you’ll know that the blockage has cleared.