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4 Common Boiler Faults and Problems

Regardless of what time of year it is, a broken down boiler is nothing short of a major inconvenience. However, around the winter period, it could spell chaos. With Christmas coming around the corner faster than a new Scalextric set, let’s take a look at some of the most common boiler faults and problems you may experience this winter.

If you can relate to any of these symptoms, we’ll give you the assistance necessary to ensure you have a stress-free Christmas and New Year!

Leakages and Dripping

This problem could be due to a variety of issues. When it comes to a boiler which is leaking water, it all depends on where your home’s water supply is leaking from. Once this is established, you are better equipped to determining the cause. What can be said for sure is that you should never attempt to fix a leak yourself.

Instead, look for a local Gas Safe licensed engineer to carry out the repair. If you’re looking for a boiler repair service in Yorkshire, Woolfoot Heating are here for you this winter and all year round!


This is where a build-up of lime scale or sludge is present on the heat exchanger in your boiler. When this happens, water flow is restricted, which then overheats the water, causing it to steam and boil. The reason it is called kettling is because the sound it emits is similar to when you hear a kettle boiling.

Kettling is more common in areas that have hard water, although areas with soft water can also suffer with this problem. The knock on effect is that your boiler works its socks off which then increases to cost of running it. If this happens, contact a Gas Safe registered professional. Our boiler repair service will be able to put a stop to the issue once and for all.

Low Boiler Pressure

This is a very common problem in boilers, especially those that haven’t been replaced with newer alternatives. However, checking your boiler pressure is extremely easy. If the built-in pressure gauge needle is dawdling below 1, chances are your boiler pressure is too low, causing central heating problems.

This can be caused by a leak, radiators that have recently been bled or the pressure relief valve needs to be replaced.

Banging, Whistling and Gurgling

Don’t worry, your house isn’t haunted or possessed. When you hear strange banging or whistling noises, this could simply be a case of air in the system. Pump failures in older systems could also contribute towards the strange noises.

Boiler Repair

If you can relate to any of these symptoms, or if you have other concerns about your boiler this winter, you can get in touch with Woolfoot Heating. Our boiler repair service can be the ticket to a peaceful Christmas and beyond, starting your New Year in the best way possible.

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