Emergency do happen and we need to deal with them.

If one is looking for a boiler that will need the least amount of maintenance, your best bet is to have a gas-fired boiler. Boilers that are oil-fired need a lot more work, and you will probably find yourself needing boiler repair more often than if you have a gas-fired boiler.

A broken-down boiler can really be a disaster unfolding especially during winter. Thus if you don’t have the necessary qualification to a boiler repair make sure you have contacts of a professional technician at hand

Below are signs one should check for to determine whether the system is faulty in order to avoid emergencies:

1) The most common sign is too low temperatures. This may be as a result of breakdown of the boiler controller or the heating system.

2) Nevertheless the temperatures may rise to very high undesirable level. This could be due to a faulty thermostat especially for the non-digital boilers on may opt for a replacement. However for the digitalized boiler one only needs to set the thermostat to the required temperatures.

3) Also people working or living in an enclosed area that has an installed and running boiler should be very keen to notice any signs of carbon II oxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning signs includes:

a) Tiredness,

b) Headaches,

c) Nausea,

d) Dizziness

e) Chest pains.

This occurs due to problems in the central heating system which can be pointed to by any of the following: Soot or stains on or above fuel burning appliances, orange or yellow Flames instead of blue flames, slowly burning Wood or coal fires that often go out, difficultly in fire lighting.

4) For the fuel fired boiler another problem that is experienced is a yellow or sooty flame instead of being blue in color in the combustion chamber.

5) Sudden dropping or rising of the pressure or if it remains too high for prolonged periods of time. This could be another clear indicator of a problem with your boiler.

6) Carbon monoxide poisoning resulting due to incomplete fuel combustion.

7) Fuel leakages. This results to energy wastage and more cost expenditures

The following problem can be resolved by doing the following in case of an emergency:

i) If the water level is low add enough water so that the level is half full.

ii) If you have a natural gas boiler, check to make sure the control valve is closed.

iii) If the pilot light is out, simply re-start it.

iv) Try resetting the thermostat to see if the heat comes on. If the thermostat is the old analog type you may need to replace it.

v) Inspect to see if it is a blown fuse, if so you can replace it yourself.

vi) If there is no pilot light, you will have to check the electronic ignition system.

vii) Make sure the thermostat is in heat mode and is set to the right temperature.