Sometimes it is not the end of the world when your hot water isn’t working as it should be. That’s why we’ve come up with a few simple checks you can do before you call an engineer. Hopefully in this guide, you will be able to find out what the problem is and the best thing for you to do.
Check the water pressure.
There are different ways you can repressurise your boiler and it all depends on what type and style of boiler you have. Generally, you will need to twist the filling loop or key. The newer Worcester Bosch models require you to simply pull a blue lever down.
Unfortunately, if your water pressure continues to drop after you repressurise, then this means there’s a potential leak somewhere in your heating system. At this point there’s nothing else you can do a part of contacting an engineer for a call out.
Is your thermostat on?
When temperatures drop over winter it can sometimes lead to us forgetting what temperature our thermostat is at or whether it’s on at all. The ideal temperature for a home is between 19°- 22°, anything lower you’re probably unlikely to notice it’s actually on. Moreover, a quick of checking if your thermostat is working is by feeling around your radiators. It may even be an issue with your radiators, if so, you will need to bleed them.
Alternatively, if your home is still freezing cold then it may be an electrical fault with your thermostat. Therefore, you should contact an electrician to go and take a look at it for you as this isn’t something you’ll be able to fix yourself.
Reset your boiler.
It may seem quite an obvious thing to do but every now and then, technology needs a quick reboot to start operating competently again. Resetting your boiler is most commonly carried out when there’s a boiler lockout. Your boiler does this when it notices an issue within your system and can be a whole list of reasons why.
But how do you reset your boiler? Again, it can vary depending on your boiler model but for modern boilers it tends to be a button that simply reads, ‘reset’. Press and hold for three seconds then release. For further help, try and dig your boiler’s instruction manual – there it’ll explain exactly how to reset your boiler and even little diagrams so you’ll know exactly what to look for.
If your boiler does not return to normal once you’ve reset it, the best thing to do is to contact an engineer and they’ll be able to take a further look at it.
Potential frozen pipe.
Depending on what the weather is like outside, a frozen condensate pipe could be the reason as to why your hot water is not working. A couple of warning signs include: a weird gurgling sound coming from your boiler and if your boiler is not switching on.
The condensate pipe is a white pipe that’s located outside your property near your boiler and should always lead into a drain. On the occasion that you do notice the pipe is frozen, you should fill up a jug with warm water (not boiling) and pour over the condensate pipe.
We hope you found these tips helpful if you need anymore information or help please get in touch!
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