When the weather starts to turn cold, the last thing you want is to turn on your central heating and find out it’s not working correctly. Having your central heating checked is essential in ensuring that your home stays comfortable and your utility bills don’t skyrocket, especially if you have an older boiler. However, this is a reality for many people who don’t recognize the warning signs that their central heating is in trouble or have had their system turned off over the summer. Here are five signs you need to check your central heating.
Your central heating is making strange noises
One of the first signs that your central heating isn’t working correctly is strange noises. You may notice that your central heating makes a clicking noise when it’s turned on, banging when it’s shutting off, or hissing when your boiler is pressurising. If you hear any of these noises coming from your boiler, it may be an indication that there’s a problem. Other noises that can indicate a problem with your central heating include rattling, clunking, gurgling, and popping.
Your home isn’t as warm as it used to be
Another sign that your central heating isn’t working correctly is if you notice that your home isn’t as warm as it used to be. Various issues, including a leaky boiler, a faulty thermostat, or a faulty pressure valve, can cause this. If you turn on your central heating and find that your home doesn’t stay comfortable for as long as it used to, it could be because your boiler can no longer heat your home effectively. If your home isn’t as warm as it used to be when you turn on your central heating, it’s a good idea to get it checked out by qualified gas engineers.
Your utility bills are increasing
If you’ve noticed that your utility bills are increasing, it could indicate that your boiler is starting to break down. If your boiler is old or improperly maintained, it may be unable to heat your home effectively. A boiler unable to heat your home effectively will waste a lot of energy, causing your utility bills to increase. If your utility bills have increased recently and you haven’t changed your energy usage, it could indicate a problem with your boiler.
Your radiators are cold
If you notice that your radiators aren’t as hot as they used to be, it could indicate a problem with your boiler. When your boiler is working correctly, it will be able to heat your radiators to a high enough temperature that they’ll be hot to the touch. However, if your boiler isn’t producing enough heat, your radiators won’t be hot to the touch. A boiler that isn’t producing enough heat may have a faulty thermostat, pressure valve, or control system.
Your pilot light keeps going out
If you keep having to light your boiler’s pilot light, it may indicate a problem with your boiler. A boiler pilot light will go out if there’s a problem with the gas pressure in your home. If your boiler’s pilot light keeps going out, it may indicate that the gas pressure in your home is too low, which could be due to various issues. For example, your home’s pressure regulator may malfunction, or you may have a problem with your gas line.
Your boiler is old
If your boiler is old, consider replacing it. If your boiler is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it. Boilers over 15 years old are at a high risk of breaking down and will likely cost more to repair than they’re worth. If your boiler is old and needs to be repaired, you may have to pay more than it would cost to replace it.
If you notice signs that your central heating isn’t working correctly, it’s a good idea to check it out to ensure it is in full working order for the winter season.