Boiler Repairs – All you need to know

At Heatworks when it comes to boiler repairs in Southampton, we’ve worked on a fair share and repaired many different systems over the years.

At Heatworks when it comes to boiler repairs in Southampton, we’ve worked on a fair share and repaired many different systems over the years. As we’re specialise engineers we’re able to diagnose and fix a wide range of problems. So if your boiler is causing trouble, don’t worry as our team of dedicated boiler repair professionals can help.


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Common Boiler Repairs

Sometimes the fault with your boiler may only be minor, odd noises which may cause concern are usually simple fixes which won’t require an engineer call out. More serious issues will require a call out. Boilers tend to have a habit of breaking down, just when you need them the most and then there’s the nightmare of getting an engineer round before you freeze to death. Here are some of the more simpler boiler issues which we frequently repair for customers…

Is your boiler making gurgling kettle sounds

Hearing this when your boiler fires may mean that your radiators are not heated properly, the noises could be caused by air in the system, a blockage or sediment at the bottom of the boiler which may need to be flushed out be a professional. Frozen condensate pipes may also be to blame, if a frozen pipe is the cause, this may need to be thawed by using hot water bottles and heat wraps, but only if the pipe is accessible at ground level.

What does the ignition lockout mean?

This mostly happens to older boilers but can also happen to new ones as well, boiler manufacturers will install the lockout feature which causes at shutdown when certain feature aren’t working which will affect the safety of the system. Not all shutdowns triggers come from something seriously wrong, it can be because of a simple glitch like a power cut or just low pressure. Normally there’s a reset button on the front of your boiler, your instruction manual will tell you to press this in order to reset the boiler to stop the lockout.

Why does the heating stop when I turn the hot water on

If the diverter valve in your boiler is faulty this will cause the heating to switch off whenever your turn the hot water on. The issue can cause frustration when the radiator wont get warm, when actually the heating could have been flipped off by someone taking a hot shower. Diverter values are used in combination boilers, this is to divert the flow of plasma between the domestic hot water heat exchanger and the radiator. Resolving this issue may require a new part and an installation job which need to be carried out by an expert.

The Boiler Systems that we can Repair

There’s three main types of boilers, this includes combi boilers, system boilers and regular boilers, they each have a range of their own advantages and what homes they work best in. At Heatworks we specialise in repairs on all three of these boiler systems…

Combi boilers

A combination boiler is both a high efficient water heater and a central heating boiler all in one simple compact unit. Combi boilers heat water directly from the mains when you turn a tap on, so you need a hot water storage cylinder or cold-water storage tank.

System boilers

These types of boilers require a cylinder for storing hot water, however the major heating and hot water system components are built into the boiler themselves, making it quicker and easier to install. There’s also no need for a tank in the loft, so its an option in a home with little or no loft space or where the space is earmarked for a conversion.

Regular boilers

Regular boilers can also be known as traditional or conventional or heat only boilers, ideally, they’re suited to homes that already have a traditional heating and hot water system. This is linked to a separate hot water cylinder as well as a tank that maintains the water level of the central heating system.

Oil boilers

Oil central heating systems work in similar ways to gas powered systems, this is instead of using a gas boiler, they use oil-fired boiler to heat the water. This provides central heating through radiators and hot water through the taps in your home. The main difference between the system is that you’ll need to have your oil supply delivered and stored in a tank.

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Heatworks’ boiler cover is available to all homes and businesses in the Hampshire and Dorset areas. We cover Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Winchester and Eastleigh. To find out whether you can get boiler cover in your area please contact us.

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