It’s been a long drawn out, wet and windy winter.

At last Spring has taken hold with the wonderful sunshine we have all seen this week here in Glasgow and Summer is in the air.

I dont want to dampen your enjoyment of the warmer weather,    and it may be the last thing you want to think about, but now is a great time to take care of  the one household appliance that kept you toastie though the winter.

Your faithful boiler

Over the past few months I’m pretty certain that like me, you have put your boiler through a lot.

Whether we want to run a bath or draw fresh water to do the washing up, we rely on our boilers constantly throughout the day. Good quality boilers are built to be durable but after a certain number of years they are likely to need some attention – or replacing altogether.

Being in the know when it comes to your boiler means you can spot problems early, which will prevent you from weeks of waiting for help to arrive. From suspicious puddles to ominous noises, we have compiled a list of five tell-tale signs that your boiler is on its last legs.

1. Water leak

A growing puddle of water sitting underneath your boiler is a pretty sure sign that it needs some serious attention. A water leak in the home is never a good sign and when it stems from the boiler it could result in irreversible damage.

If you spot a water leak at the base of your boiler, you should endeavour to have it attended to as quickly as possible. The slow leaking of water may not seem like an issue that needs to be addressed immediately but ignoring it can lead to something far worse.

2. Carbon monoxide leak

This hazardous gas is both odourless and colourless, allowing it to escape human detection. If you do not attend to a water leak in enough time, a carbon monoxide leak might occur and this could prove fatal. Investing in a carbon monoxide detector is highly recommended for your peace of mind but you should also have your boiler regularly serviced by a qualified technician to identify any problems early on and help you know when it’s time to replace your boiler.

3. Strange noises

If your boiler is emitting any unusual sounds it could well be a sign it’s on its way out. Hissing, popping and knocking sounds hint there may be deposits inside the boiler causing uneven water distribution. The pockets of water which result from this heat up rapidly; generating all sorts of weird and not-so-wonderful noises as a result. Furthermore, when the overheated water re-enters the system and quickly condenses, knocking sounds join the orchestra of unusual – and unwanted – sounds.

4. Fluctuating water temperature

Does the water switch from hot to cold and then back to hot as it runs? Or does hot water only seem to be available when the heating is on? If either of these applies to you, it could be time to get a new boiler. Even relatively small signs like these can trigger something far worse so it is worth calling in a professional as soon as possible.

5. Opening your energy bills almost induces a heart attack

As we are all well aware, energy bills are rapidly climbing in price and boilers account for around 60% of these. A new boiler could cut your heating bills by up to 40%, which could save you money in the long run; especially if utility bills continue on their startling upward trend.

This is a guest post courtesy of Simon Colley who works in the marketing department at Boiler Guide, a resource for customers seeking central heating professionals to fit a new boiler in UK homes.

 

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