Common heating problems and how to deal with them
Waking up to the central heating not working or the radiators being cold on top are both common heating problems in the winter. They can cause despair, and financial pressure at a time of the year that is already demanding for your wallet. But in a lot of cases you will be able to help this situation, or at least identify the possible causes.
Some common heating problems can easily be tackled on your own, and for some you will need an engineer. But remember, if you don’t feel confident, or if the repair involves gas work you will need to call a qualified Gas Safe Engineers.
The common heating problems, which you may expect to experience over the winter:
Your radiators are cold at the top.
If your radiators are cold at the top but the bottom is still warm, and your room takes longer to heat up, don’t be quick to stress out. Bleeding the radiators is easy, and you can quickly do it yourself – find our guide here.
The radiators are cold at the bottom
This is a bit more of a serious issue as it indicates the build-up of sludge in the radiators, which might require a flush of the system, which is also known as Power Flush. This flush should be performed by a professional, as the radiators will need to be taken off the wall, and the system flushed with water. Good news – as a Care Club member you’ll receive an £50 discount off a Power Flush.
Strange sounds coming from the boiler
If your boiler is making banging noises, you should, first and foremost, switch it off. Then you need to keep an ear out and listen whether the sound will continue or stop. If the sound was caused by trapped air you need to find the air bleed screw and vent the excess air. But if the problem remains following the air release, you will need to call an engineer who is qualified to open the boiler and examine it.
Your boiler is most likely to lose pressure due to two reasons – because of a water leak in the systems or because the radiators were bled. The first thing you can try is add water to the system through the filling loop – but if you don’t feel confident doing it, makes sure to call an engineer. Never, under any circumstances, attempt to complete gas boiler repairs by yourself.
Frozen condensate pipe
If the temperatures have fallen below the 0 mark at night, and you end up waking up to a cold house and no hot water, the usual culprit will be a frozen condensate piper. Most modern combi boilers turn all the produced waste into water, which is then taken out by the condensate pipe. But sudden freezing temperatures can cause the water to freeze in the pipes and even damage the boiler. Make sure your external pipes are insulated in time for winter, and if they do end up freezing after all, learn how to deal with it here.
If you’re having troubles with your heating, and you constantly have to crank up the thermostat – it might actually be an issue with the thermostat itself. Make sure to double-check the settings are correct or whether it might be experiencing power problems.