What to do if your boiler is acting up

Around half of boiler breakdowns happen in winter, leaving their owners without heating when they need it the most. Responding to any early indications of potential failure may help limit the damage and avoid a costly repair.

Firstly, if you can smell gas, you should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999. It’s free to call and available constantly. Signs that your boiler may be failing include it making unusual noises like knocking and rattling, warning signs or flashing lights appearing on the boiler, water leaking from the boiler itself, and a lack of pressure.

You’ll want to get a qualified engineer to check out any worrying signs before a complete failure happens or further damage occurs. Leaks in the boiler, for example, can damage components in the boiler and make a repair more problematic, as well as cause damage to your home.

Boiler repairs can sometimes be expensive, so it may be worth considering replacing a very old boiler before it breaks down, especially if it’s an older model that is not as efficient as a modern condensing boiler. While it is a substantial investment, finance options are often available to spread the cost over time.

Winter can be a busy time of year for heating engineers, but Xgas offers a range of care plans whereby you’ll get priority access to a gas engineer in Chester and other nearby locations, as well as an annual service to ensure your boiler is working reliably and efficiently. Get in touch today to learn more.