Is your boiler safe? A brief guide to common issues 

Is your boiler safe? A brief guide to common issues 

Posted on February 15, 2023

Boiler safety

From loud noises to unpleasant smells, boilers have several issues during their lifetime. Some are easily fixed and not much to worry about, while others are serious and need immediate attention. Here, we outline some of the problems you might experience, so you can ensure your boiler safety is always up to scratch.

Water leaks

If your boiler leaks water, you must get it sorted out immediately. While it’s not necessarily a dangerous issue, it does affect your boiler safety, as an internal part is likely to have failed. If you spot a water leak, contact your local Gas Safe heating engineer and switch off your boiler to ensure the electrics don’t short circuit.

Change in pilot light flame colour

This is a big boiler safety issue and needs to get remedied immediately. The pilot light turning yellow or orange might be accompanied by the smell of gas when your boiler is running, signs of soot, scorch marks around the boiler, or excess condensation on your windows. Whatever the signs, you should turn your boiler off immediately and contact your Gas Safe engineer.

If you suspect a carbon monoxide leak, immediately switch your gas supply off at the meter, open your doors and windows, and get yourself, your family and your pets out into the fresh air until your heating engineer arrives.

The boiler makes loud noises

If your boiler has started to make loud or unusual noises, there could be a build-up of material inside the central heating or a drop in water pressure. It’s not a dangerous issue, but if left unchecked, it could result in a breakdown.

The boiler keeps turning off

This issue could be caused by several things, from low pressure to thermostat issues or a lack of water pressure. Start by checking to see if the boiler needs repressurising – the pressure gauge should sit at 1.5 bar – and check the thermostat. If you can’t find the source of the problem, give your Gas Safe engineer a call.

Frozen condensate pipe

A common cause of boiler shutdowns in cold weather is when the external pipes freeze. Luckily, it’s an easy issue to fix – pour hot (but not boiling) water onto the pipe end. Wait a few minutes, then switch the boiler off and on again, and it should be working. If not, contact your gas Safe engineer.

Boiler safety checks

The best way to ensure your boiler is working properly is to have a professional boiler service once a year. If you’re worried about an older boiler or want some extra peace of mind through the winter months, you can also contact a Gas Safe heating engineer to carry out a boiler safety check.

Boiler installers in Hampshire

Here at Aura Heating, our Gas Safe boiler installers and engineers and can help you ensure your boiler is safe all year round. Our boiler care plans offer peace of mind and enable you to contact us whenever necessary. So, our heating engineers are here to assist whether you need an issue fixed or a new boiler installation. We serve customers in Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset, south London, Berkshire and Wiltshire.