Common central heating problems that will cost you this winter

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As we start to use our central heating again, we sometimes notice niggling boiler problems which weren’t there last year.

These problems will cause your central heating to operate inefficiently, increasing your energy bills every month, so it is important to get them fixed quickly before the coldest weather sets in.

We’ve taken a look at the most common boiler problems and how you should tackle them.

  1. Cold patches in your radiators

If you notice your radiators are warming up unevenly or that there are cold patches near the top, they most likely need bleeding. The cold patches are caused by air which blocks the flow of hot water, causing them to become inefficient. An engineer will be able to diagnose the problem and carry out a radiator bleed.

  1. Frozen pipes

If you have a condensing boiler, the water-filled condensing pipe can freeze if the temperature becomes too low. This will cause your heating to stop working until the pipe is thawed out safely. This should be carried out by an engineer to ensure no further damage is caused to your heating system.

Noticed a problem? Book a service to check it out now before it gets any worse.

  1. Loud noises coming from your heating

Strange whistles, bangs and gurgles coming from your pipes, radiators or boiler indicate your central heating isn’t operating properly. Issues can include air in the system, low pressure and limescale build up. An engineer will be able to diagnose the exact issue and repair the fault.

  1. Radiators not warming up properly

If your radiators feel cold and fail to warm up properly, this is most likely due to sludge gathering in the system and blocking the flow of hot water. This could be corroded pipework or limescale and an engineer will be able to recommend either a radiator bleed or system flush, depending on the severity of the problem.

All these problems may seem minor, but they will cause your heating to run inefficiently throughout the winter. Putting off a service will not only worsen the problem but will cost you considerably in the long run.

To book a boiler service now get in touch, or alternatively, speak to one of our friendly advisors about arranging a survey for a new energy efficient boiler with BASI.

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