If your gas boiler is not working, there are some simple steps you can take to troubleshoot the issue before calling in a heating engineer. Keep in mind that safety is the top priority, and if you’re uncertain about any step or if there’s a gas smell, it’s crucial to contact a qualified gas engineer or call The Emergency Gas Line on 0800 111 999.
Here are some simple things to check:
Check the Thermostat:
Ensure that the thermostat is set to the desired temperature and mode (heating). If it’s a programmable thermostat, check the schedule.
Verify that the boiler is receiving power. Check the power switch and make sure the circuit breaker for the boiler is not tripped on your fuseboard.
Pilot Light (for older models):If you have an older gas boiler with a pilot light, check to see if the pilot light is lit. If it’s out, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to relight it.
Check the boiler pressure. Low pressure can cause the boiler to stop working. Refer to the boiler’s manual for the recommended pressure levels and adjust if necessary.
Ensure that the gas supply to the boiler is not interrupted. Check other gas appliances in your home to see if they are working. If there’s a gas supply issue, contact your gas provider.
Some boilers have a reset button. Refer to the manual to locate and press the reset button. Only press it once, and if the boiler doesn’t restart, do not keep resetting it.
Check for Error Codes:
If your boiler displays error codes, consult the manual to interpret them. Error codes can provide information about the nature of the problem and report that to a boiler breakdown engineer.
If your boiler has a timer or programmer, check that it is set correctly. Incorrect settings can lead to the boiler not turning on when needed. If the screen is blank change the batteries.
Inspect for Leaks:
Look for any signs of water leak around the boiler. If you detect a leak, turn off the boiler immediately and contact a professional.
If these simple checks do not resolve the issue, or if you’re uncertain about the next steps, it’s advisable to contact a qualified heating engineer further assistance, never attempt to remove the gas boiler cover. Attempting advanced repairs without proper knowledge can be hazardous and illegal!
For a boiler breakdown engineer call Ace Energy on 01225 729005