How ignoring boiler repairs can be dangerous
The boiler is the key to keeping your home warm and cosy in the winter months. Keeping your radiators warm and your water hot – we all need a boiler when it’s cold. This is why you should always ensure that your boiler is working at maximum efficiency. You should ensure this by staying on top of boiler repairs. This is also vital as having a faulty boiler that needs repairing can also be dangerous.
We are going to take you through how ignoring boiler repairs can be dangerous to you and your household – to make sure that you are always safe in your own home. It is important to remember that a faulty boiler is normally safe, but we want people to be aware of the potential dangers to make sure that you can avoid them.
Some of the signs that you should look out for that are potentially dangerous are as follows:
- Any signs of scorching, burning, soot or black spillage on or around your boiler
- The smell of gas or fumes
- The pilot light going out or a yellow tinted flame
- You notice that you’re getting headaches or nauseous when the boiler is operating
If you have noticed or are experiencing any of the above then you should contact a gas safe engineer as soon as possible and get them to check your boiler. These things could mean that you are at risk of a carbon monoxide leak which can be extremely dangerous. It can lead to loss of life, so it is imperative that you get this checked out at soon as you can.
Another possible way that your malfunctioning boiler can negatively affect you is via a water leak. If you have excessive water leakage and you do not pick up on it and get it repaired then you can damage your home and the people in it. A water leak can lead to aesthetic damage, such as discoloured and warped walls, and it can also lead to structural damage, through damaged support beams or other vital structures in your home.
As well as the damage to your home, a water leak can also lead to damp and fungi, which can have a negative effect on your health. Damp and fungi can lead to unpleasant symptoms, such as blocked nose, a cough sneezing and more. It can also impact you badly if you suffer with asthma, so it is very important to ensure that you notice and repair a water leak as soon as possible.
Common and non-dangerous issues
As we said previously, a faulty boiler is normally safe, so we will take you through some of the boiler issues that are not dangerous. You can read about these in more detail in this article about common boiler issues.
- Air in the boiler system
- Blockages in the valves
- Frozen condensate pipes
- Loss of pressure
Although not dangerous, all of the above issues will certainly cause you stress and cost you money if you leave them too long without repairing. If you feel like your boiler is not performing efficiently or you notice any issues, you should have a gas safe engineer inspect and fix your boiler as soon as possible. Running a faulty boiler will be likely to cost you more money as it runs inefficiently, so it will be in your best interests to bite the bullet and pay for the boiler repairs.
No matter what you believe the issue is with your boiler, it is very important that you always consult a gas safe engineer, as problems and fixes when it comes to boilers can be dangerous. It may seem like an inconvenience having to pay for the fixes, but your safety and wellbeing should always come above this. Hopefully these tips and warnings will keep you vigilant when it comes to your boiler and you can spot the signs and get your boiler repaired in good timing.