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What do you do when your boiler breaks?

Is there anything more frustrating than having your boiler breakdown? It’s a massive inconvenience when an appliance you rely so heavily on stops working – suddenly the heating isn’t working, and there’s no hot water for the shower – total nightmare. But what do you do when your boiler breaks? The first thing to remember is that you should never use a boiler that you believe to be unsafe – it’s incredibly dangerous, and requires a registered professional to address the issue in a safe and proper manner. Here’s a quick list to help you suss out any issues before you have to call your heating engineer out for an emergency visit to fix your broken boiler.

Check you haven’t just run out of home heating oil

When was the last time you ordered home heating oil? If the hot water suddenly conks out mid-shower, your first thought might be that the boiler is broken, but often, it’s down to a case of forgetfulness on your part. Thankfully, that’s where we can help, with our handy ‘Planned Delivery’ service, meaning you’ll never run out of oil again. We can monitor the usage levels of your home heating oil and when it’s starting to run low, we’ll automatically schedule a visit to top up the tank. Find out more about our Planned Delivery service on our website.

Check if your boiler looks safe

If your boiler breaks suddenly, you should take a quick glance at it to assess if there’s anything apparent that looks unsafe with it. Look for signs of leaking or other warning signs which include changes to the colour of the pilot light, odd smells and any sooty deposits or residue around it. It’s crucially important that you call an engineer to look at these issues rather than attempt to fix it yourself, and if you notice any of these signs get them out sooner rather than later.

Make sure your carbon monoxide alarm is working

One of the essential appliances for your home to go alongside your boiler is your carbon monoxide alarm. Check the batteries regularly in this, if it’s not a device that runs off the mains electricity. If you notice that you get frequent headaches and feel sick for no reason, make sure you rule out carbon monoxide poisoning which is one of the most lethal implications from a faulty boiler.

How to cope while it’s being fixed

During the winter, boiler problems are much more common, so having to cope without them is a bit more of a trial. You might have to use other heat sources temporarily to keep your home warm, like space heaters or electric blow heaters, and a hot water bottle in bed can be a life saver. During the summer, it’s less busy for heating engineers, so it might be a good time to get your boiler serviced to ensure it’ll be in great working condition when the colder weather starts to creep back in.