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3 central heating issues to keep a lookout for this summer

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In some ways, you may wonder why our Surbiton, Chiswick and Reigate plumbers and engineers would write a blog post about central heating as the summer looms. Isn’t now the time when you’re least likely to have much reason to worry about the state of your home’s central heating?

That might seem so, but it is also precisely because of this – and the associated lower demand that central heating engineers tend to see for their services during the warmer months – that now is a good time to keep an eye out for those central heating issues that could occur.

The below are just some of the problems that can arise, and that you’ll be thankful for having had fixed during the summer, instead of putting it off until the winter when there can be a rush of demand for the services of Kingston, Purley and Reigate plumbers like ours.

Cold radiators or hot water taps

If the radiators in your home seem to be cold all over, or all of the hot water taps in the property are only producing cold water, there are several potential causes of this.

Of course, you should make sure your thermostat is actually on – between 17 and 20 degrees is ideal here. If the radiators still don’t warm up, look to the programmer, ensuring that both central heating (CH) and hot water (HW) are on.

Other possible causes of this issue can include a blown heating fuse or a malfunctioning pump. So, if you’re still scratching your head as to what’s at fault, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the PGS Plumbers team.

Loss of system pressure

You can look at the pressure gauge on your boiler to ascertain the system pressure. If the system has lost pressure, this might be due to a water leak or air having been taken out of the system after the radiators were bled.

Pressure may have noticeably dropped following maintenance work, meaning that you simply need to top up the system with water via the ‘filling loop’. The user’s manual should explain how to do this, or if you’d prefer, you’re welcome to request that one of our engineers does it for you.

A strange noise coming from the boiler

An odd noise known as ‘kettling’ may happen when your boiler’s pilot light first ignites. This might be caused by trapped air; to investigate, turn the boiler off, before locating the air bleed screw and venting any excess.

If that doesn’t solve the issue, there are other possible causes for different boilers, such as the pressure not being at the right level, or the system being clogged with sludge. As with any other problem your central heating system may have, when you contact the PGS Plumbers team, we will be able to have one of our professionals visit your property to diagnose and resolve the issue.

Indeed, you can call our Esher, Brixton or Reigate plumbers right now, on 0203 370 0066, for free advice and quotes. We have heating engineers operating around London and the Home Counties, in fact, so we’re confident that we will be able to give you peace of mind about your central heating.

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