Most Common Boiler Questions Our Customers Ask Us

Boilers have an annoying habit of breaking down just when you need them and then there’s the nightmare of getting a plumber over before you freeze to death or worse an angry teenager who can’t have a shower. Here’s a few questions our customers usually ask us and why.

My boiler is making a whistling sound

This could be due to trapped air within the system. If the problem is caused by trapped air, the boiler repair will be relatively simple and will merely involve releasing the trapped air. Our engineers will also identify what caused air to become trapped in the boiler and perform appropriate repairs. Whistling noises may also be caused by a loss of water pressure or a blockage.

What does ignition lockout mean?

When a boiler locks out, it stops working and the display unit will flash up with an error code to inform you of the fault.
Your boiler may need to be reset which a number of different issues that could be the cause. Sometimes the problem can be fairly obvious, such as if there’s been a power cut. Low pressure will show the pressure gauge at below one bar.

How Often Should I Replace My Boiler?

The general lifespan of a boiler is around 10 to 15 years. While this is an average, your boiler may last longer if you take care of it well.
You should decide to replace your boiler when repairs become too expensive or start mounting up. Opting for a new boiler at this point should save you money in the long run.
One of our qualified members of staff can help you decide on the right time to replace your boiler.

Why is my Boiler Losing pressure?

If your boiler pressure drops too low, your central heating system may not function properly. To check a boiler’s pressure level, simply look at it’s built in pressure gauge – if it’s below 1 you may have an issue. There a number of reasons why this may be happening: a water leak in the system, the pressure relief valve needs replacing or as a result of recently bleeding radiators.

My boiler is making a gurgling noise

Boiler Gurgling usually suggests that there is a frozen pipe somewhere in your home, which causes the regular flow of water around the house is being interrupted. This pipe should be located and dealt with by a professional engineer before it causes further problems.

Don’t attempt to touch any part of your boiler or central heating system if you’re unsure of what you are doing. It’s illegal for anyone to use a gas appliance if they think it’s unsafe and it’s always better to get a professional as you could make things worse.

Instead, call us on 07534 199 507 and we can help. Our technical team will run through some simple questions to see if your problem can be resolved on the phone or book one of our qualified members of staff to come to your home and get you up and running as quickly as possible.

Boiler Installations Harrogate – New EPC Regulations 2018

Any new boiler installation in Leeds will need to follow  to an updated set of regulations from April 2018. These regulations demand a higher set of energy efficiency measures on all new boilers.

With gas-fired heating contributing about 60% of what is spent in a year on energy bills, these new regulations should save you money in the years to come.

All combi boilers installed from April 2018 will need an ErP efficiency rating of 92% or higher. On average a third of the boilers on the market today fall short of this rating. So if you are having a boiler installed in Leeds between now and April, be careful that you find an approved boiler installer.

Other changes which all boilers must comply with include:

Leeds EPC Changes

After what seemed to be an eternity of uncertainty, the 2018 EPC regulation changes have been finalised.

  • Time and temperature control required for all gas and oil boiler installations
  • Combi boiler installations must also include one of the following: Weather compensation, Load compensation, Flue Gas Heat Recovery, Smart controls.

What does this mean if I’m having a new boiler installation in Leeds?

In reality, not much will change for the individual as a result of these regulation changes. There is already an overwhelming number of key decisions to make when you decide to buy a new boiler – choosing one of the additional energy saving measures is simply another one on top.

If you are unsure about the best option for you, talk to company name, who will be able to help you choose the best energy saving device for your home. The additional cost is likely to be marginal in relation to the overall installation cost of a new boiler, and the energy saving should easily pay for the additional cost over the lifetime of the boiler.

If you are buying a new boiler, make sure you take a look at our free advice on everything from whether a combi boiler is the right choice for you to the cost of installing a new boiler. If you are looking at getting a new boiler installed, choose Real Heating Solutions for a Gas safe registered certified engineer.