Central Heating and Boiler Repairs that YOU can Fix!

- by Becky Hall
`How To Save Money On Fixing Home Appliances – Chapter Eight

Is your radiator not warming up? Is your shower just not getting hot? Discover easy DIY boiler repairs that you can do yourself and find out when you need to call a repairman.

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If you live in the UK, you will need to keep your house warm during our especially cold winters. Most houses have some form of central heating. There are different types of boilers which can lead to various kinds of problems. Some of these are complex to resolve while others can be fixed easily with a simple solution.

Below are some easy DIY central heating and boiler repairs that you can do yourself, which can save you from taking out a payday loan online to pay for an engineer to make the repairs.

Do it yourself central heating and boiler repairs

Gas or electric warm air heater not working?

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No hot air or not enough hot air coming out? Here are some common causes of this issue and some easy fixes.

Central heating radiators causing you problems?

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Check each of the options below to see if you can fix the problem yourself before calling the repairman.

Back boiler not working properly?

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A back boiler is a form of central heating, fitted behind a fireplace or a stove. It provides both heating and hot water. Although not as common as it used to be, there are some houses which still use a back boiler. Here are some tips that will help you to identify if the fault is something simple or not, and if you need to call an engineer.

Combination and conventional boiler repairs

Check all switches and thermostats

If you are not getting hot water, heating or any output from a combination/conventional boiler then you should go through the check previously listed for back boilers. If the gas or electric supply is on, there is a constant water supply, and all switches and thermostats are on, then check the manual or guide that you received when you got the boiler installed.

If you can’t find the problem then it is time to ring an engineer. Do not attempt to take apart complex equipment like a combination/conventional boiler. Central heating boilers can be extremely dangerous so if in doubt, always call in an expert.

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Hiring an engineer to make central heating and boiler repairs

If you have carried out the simple checks listed above, and the central heating still does not work, then it’s time to get some expert help. Energy companies which supply and fit central heating usually offer a service and breakdown plan. However, if you do not have one of these plans in place, then the best option is to ring for a quotation from two or more companies to fix the system.

Finding boiler repairs near me

It might be worthwhile to ask friends and neighbours for a personal recommendation. You can also try local Whatsapp or Facebook groups. You can also check the newspaper for local companies or choose a national company which provides a fast service. Online directories are also available, and you have the advantage of reading reviews before hiring someone. After your central heating is fixed it may be worthwhile taking out a service plan so that if the same thing happens in the future, your heating system will be fully covered.

Find your local boiler repair company
Boiler repair London Just Boilers (London)0202 7323 2999
Boiler repair GlasgowGlasgow boiler repairs0141 766 1511
Boiler repair Worcester Worcester – Bosch0330 162 2296
Boiler repair ManchesterBoiler repair Manchester 0161 220 3712
Boiler repair Birmingham Premier heating & plumbing 0121 728 9144

Boiler repair costs

Boiler repairs can be very expensive. The cost of a repair can vary depending on the boiler type and on the complexity of the fault or the extent of the damage. You can expect to pay anything from £150 for a minor repair such as a replacement fan, printed circuit board or gas valve, or closer to £400 for more serious work, such as replacing a heat exchanger. If you don’t have the financial means to pay for the repair and you don’t have an emergency fund either, then you may need to borrow money. Try friends or family first, but if you do need a small loan make sure you do your research to see which lender is right for you.

Should I replace my boiler?

Replacing a boiler, including fitting, can cost anything between £1,000 and £3,000. If your boiler just needs a simple repair and is not old, replacing your boiler is definitely not the option you should consider. However, if your boiler is old, you may be eligible for a government grant to replace you boiler. So check today whether you are entitled to a FREE boiler.

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About The Author
Becky Hall
Becky transitioned from accounting to financial blogging unexpectedly after earning a first-class degree in Business and Accounting. Initially a freelance bookkeeper, Becky’s exposure to frequent cash flow issues among clients sparked her interest in financial education.
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