My boiler is leaking, what do I do?
Check for Signs of a Leak
Steps to Take When Your Boiler is Leaking
Signs You May Need to Replace Your Boiler
Boilers will not last forever, and all need replacing eventually. If your boiler is becoming less efficient, then that might be a sign you need to replace your boiler. If you notice that your bills keep creeping up, this could be a sign and it is time to start looking for a replacement. Older boilers are less efficient and, therefore, more costly to run. It’s worth weighing up what you spend on your yearly bills against the cost of a new boiler.
Older boilers may also need to be repaired a lot. Running repairs can become costly, especially if older parts are becoming harder to find. If your boiler is frequently breaking down, ask a specialist to test your boiler, diagnose any problems, and to advise if the cost of ongoing repairs may outweigh the cost of a new boiler. If you are ever unsure of your boiler’s safety or efficiency, it is always important to speak to a specialist and not attempt any repairs yourself.
If your boiler is just not working like it used to, then it might take longer for your house to warm up, or you might frequently have to adjust your boiler’s pressure. These may seem like minor niggles, but it is worth getting this checked out before the boiler breaks down entirely, leaving you in a cold house before a new one can be installed. Specialists can diagnose your boiler’s performance and recommend new installations to match your home and lifestyle needs.
Worcester Bosch Greenstar Lifestyle 8000
Designed to deliver optimal power with minimal fuel usage, the Worcester Bosch Greenstar Lifestyle 8000 is a leading boiler for residential properties. Available as a gas combi boiler or as an LPG model, its versatility ensures it’s a great choice for a wide variety of homes.
Given an A ErP rating for both heating and hot water, the lifestyle 8000 is a highly energy-efficient boiler that can reduce your household’s carbon footprint and even minimise your utility bills.
However, don’t let its energy efficiency fool you. It’s a powerful boiler that’s capable of providing sufficient heating and hot water to larger properties. If you have two or more bathrooms, for example, you’ll need a boiler that can cope with the increased demand and the Style 8000 can do just that.
With an optional Intelligent Filling System, it’s easier than ever to ensure you always have access to hot water and heating, no matter how many appliances, showers or sinks are running at the same time.
Additionally, wireless connectivity and compatibility with the Bosch EasyControl smart thermostat means that operating the Lifestyle 8000 is simple and straightforward. If you’re looking for a gas combi boiler that can be integrated into a smart home, this boiler fits the bill.
For homeowners, reliability and functionality are key when it comes to boilers and the 12-year guarantee that comes with the Lifestyle8000 will certainly give you peace of mind.
The difference between hard and soft water
- An odd film on your hands due to the way that soap and calcium react together in the water.
- Mineral stains on your clothes and clothes that wear out more quickly
- Water marks on things like glasses and dishes after washing them due to small deposits of calcium carbonate
- Reduced water pressure in your home due to mineral deposits that form in your pipes and reduce their internal diameter and impact the water flow
- A healthy lather when washing clothes, dishes, and even your body
- Softer, less irritated, better pH balanced skin
- The water pressure in your home will stay more consistent
- You may experience a slight sodium taste in drinking water
Why your home might not stay as warm as it used to
Cold is always an unwelcome house guest, especially when it sneaks up seemingly out of the blue. You know how it goes – one moment you’re enjoying a well-heated space, and the next you’re piling on extra layers.
Aside from being an inconvenience, progressively losing heat is a sure sign that something’s not right. Aside from costing you more in heating, this could be the prelude to a much bigger problem if you don’t take action.
That’s why, if your rooms don’t stay warm for as long as they used to, you should ask yourself the following questions.
Have you draught-proofed your house?
Are your radiators functioning as normal?
Is your boiler doing what it should?
Lastly, look at your boiler. Wear, tear, and faulty parts can all lead to poor heating efficiency. Equally, a boiler that doesn’t fit your current needs could altogether fail to supply the heat you require.
In either instance, expert engineers are the best people to find a solution, offering the repairs and maintenance that you need to get things back up to heat at last.
What to Do If Your Water Pipes Freeze
Call the plumber
Apply heat to the frozen area
Turn up your home thermostat
This method works well for pipes behind walls or in places that are hard to reach. By increasing the heat in your home, you increase the chances of melting an ice blockade. Do not begin the thawing process without shutting off the main water supply point, to prevent water from gushing out when thawing begins.
The winter season indeed comes with a lot of challenges for household pipelines. However, with these handy tips, you can prevent other damages from occurring.
How to save money on your gas bill
Check the Fuse Box
If there is no electricity reaching your boiler, it won’t heat or distribute water throughout your home. The most common reason is a blown fuse that you can check in the fuse box. It’s a fast fix to get your water back.
Check the Pilot Light
The blue flame in your boiler that ignites when the hot water is called the Pilot Light; if it goes out, it can cause a loss of hot water, but luckily, it’s easy to fix. Check your boiler’s manual for instructions.
Check the Boiler Pressure
A lack of boiler pressure can also cause a loss of hot water. The boiler pressure can be viewed on the built-in pressure gauge and should read between 1 and 2 bars; if it is less, try re-pressurising your boiler.
Look at The Hot Water Tank
If you have a Regular or Systems Boiler, it’s a good idea to check the hot water tank. These systems also have thermostats on the hot water tank that may need reset. Double-check the temperatures and timings on these thermostats.
Reset the Boiler
Resetting the boiler can be an effective fix if you suddenly have no hot water, but this is only possible if the reset button is accessible from the front of the boiler. If it is inside the unit, you will require a professional gas engineer.
Airlock in the Pipes
An airlock happens when a bubble of air gets trapped in the pipes and prevents the optimal flow of water – you find that your hot water runs slow. In this case, it’s best to contact a professional engineer.
Are your radiators failing to pump-out some heat over those chilly winter months? Your central heating system might need powerflushing or cleansing. Powerflushing/ cleansing clears out your central heating by pumping water through the system under high pressure. Here are just a few of the benefits of using powerflushing.
Save money. The better your central heating works, the less money you’ll waste on a poorly working system. You’ll also save money on more comprehensive repairs if the sludge damages the rest of the system.
Prolong the life of your central heating. Powerflushing/ cleansing is particularly useful for older central heating systems, as clearing out the debris may avoid the need for a complete repair. Keep older systems running as good as new throughout the winter months.
Keep your boiler running. Sludge and rust can damage your boiler over time, causing it to overheat or even shut off completely. Boiler repairs are far more expensive than a simple powerflushing or cleansing treatment.
Stay warm. A clogged central heating system will fail to give out adequate heat, especially if the whole, or part of, the radiator stops working correctly. Radiators can also take longer to warm up if clogged, and the actual hot water temperature may be reduced due to the debris in the system.
Quick, simple, and cost-effective. Powerflushing/ cleansing works with one simple machine and is quick to implement, leaving you with a sludge-free system that works properly. It is also far more cost-effective than central-heating repairs later down the line if the system is permanently damaged.