5 Signs you might need a new boiler

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Boilers truly are the beating heart of a home, providing hot water and heating for the entire property. However, if your boiler stops working as it should, it’s not just an inconvenience, it can be potentially dangerous. But how can you tell if your boiler is faulty and needs replacing? As the provider of the best gas engineers Colchester has to offer, we know a thing or two about boilers, and the tell-tale signs that they might be on their way out. So in this blog, we are going to run through the 5 signs that your boiler may need replacing.

1. Are your radiators taking longer than usual to heat up?

Modern boilers are designed to reach their maximum temperature quickly, so if your radiators take longer than usual to heat up it could be a sign your boiler is becoming faulty and needs a service, or even replacing altogether. Another cause may be debris or sludge build-up in your heating system, which can be addressed through a power flush, a service the best gas engineers Colchester can offer, Orton & Wenlock, is happy to provide.

2. Is your boiler giving off a bad smell?

An efficiently working boiler should never give off a bad smell. In fact, if you detect a sulphuric (or egg-like) smell emanating from your boiler, we suggest you contact the best gas engineers Colchester has, Orton & Wenlock, straight away. The cause may be a gas leak, which could be disastrous to both you and your family, and your property. Although carbon monoxide is odourless, the sulphur smell could be due to the boiler not burning properly. In the worst-case scenario carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal, but even mild cases cause severe headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, blurred vision and loss of consciousness. So if you smell sulphur around a boiler, contact our team of gas engineers in Colchester immediately. Aside from the smell, other warning signs to watch out for are the pilot light blowing out frequently, a yellow flame (instead of crisp blue) in the boiler, or sooty stains around the boiler.

3. Are your energy bills increasing?

We all know that energy bills have skyrocketed in recent years, but are yours even higher than you think they should be? Inefficient boilers use more gas to reach their maximum temperature, therefore costing you more money. By law, all boilers have an efficiency rating, with A the most efficient and G being the least. So if you have a lower efficiency rating then it’s probably time for a new boiler. Our team of the best gas engineers Colchester offers pride themselves on installing the most energy-efficient boilers, which will save you money in the long run. And it’s not just our gas engineers in Colchester who can help your home become greener, we also install the highest quality Essex solar panels to help you lower your monthly energy bills even further.

4. Is your boiler leaking?

If your boiler is leaking then this is a pretty obvious issue and we highly recommend contacting the best gas engineers Colchester has to offer, Orton & Wenlock, straight away. Please do not attempt to repair this yourself as it requires the attention of a Gas Safe registered gas engineer. If left untreated, a leak in your boiler can cause a multitude of problems, including rust and corrosion, your electrical components to short circuit and in worse cases, can even cause structural damage to your home.

5. Is your boiler suddenly making strange noises?

Boilers aren’t quiet and can make a fair noise when firing up, which is normal. But if your boiler is suddenly making more extreme sounds, or banging sounds, this is not normal. Other sounds to listen out for are gurgling or rumbling sounds. If your boiler is making a rumbling noise this could be an indication of kettling, a serious issue consisting of mineral deposits building up on the inside of your boiler’s heat exchanger. Whereas a gurgling sound is probably caused by air bubbles in the pipes which disrupt the water flow in the pipes, ultimately lessening the heating system’s ability to heat. If you do hear sounds like these, switch off the boiler and call the gas engineers Colchester residents trust to get the job done properly, Orton & Wenlock.

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We hope that this blog has been helpful, and remember, if your boiler system is displaying any of the signs mentioned above it is time to call the best gas engineers Colchester can offer. Our team of gas engineers in Colchester has the experience and expertise to quickly diagnose any boiler issues you may be experiencing, perform a professional boiler service, or recommend an upgrade to a more efficient and cost-effective boiler system.

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