Need to install or repair your heater? Call 020 8882 2266 to schedule an immediate service in London.
Heater have a knack for breaking down at the worst possible time, right in the middle winter! If your heater starts to malfunction, don’t panic. City Gas Services is here to help with repairs and replacements. We serve residents throughout the London area.
What are Common Heater Problems?
Below we outline typical heater problems and offer potential solutions. We’ll also let you know whether your unit should be repaired or replaced.
Problems signs to look out for:
Is your thermostat reflecting a different temperature than what you’re experiencing? This is often due to poor calibration. If your thermostat is placed by a window or another heat source, it can also cause your unit to malfunction.
If the temperature throughout your home or a single room fluctuates dramatically, your thermostat’s anticipator needs to be changed. Check to make sure that the vents are all open to the desired levels in each room. If you are still experiencing problems, contact your heating engineer for help.
Heat pumps frequently turn on and off
If this happens, check to see if your filters and blower are clogged. If they are clean, then the thermostat might be the problem. It is also possible that the heat pump’s “limit switch” is not working properly.
Carbon monoxide leaks
Aging gas heaters can produce carbon monoxide leaks. These old units typically have heat exchangers that end up cracking and sending carbon monoxide out into the home. The cracks are tough to see with the naked eye, so you should purchase a carbon monoxide detector or have a professional inspect the heater.
Overheating or problems with airflow
If you are experiencing overheating, or if there is a general air flow problem, the heater’s belt, fan motor, or bearings are malfunctioning. It’s best to call your heating engineer for a solution, as these problems are trickier to handle on one’s own.
Clogged air filters
Regularly check your air filters to see if they are clogged. Any debris, dust, or other materials can block airflow from your room vents.
If there is no heat, or only partial heat emanating from your vents, the heater’s ignition control might not be working as it should. Your engineer will be able to determine if your intermittent pilot or hot surface ignition is functioning properly.
How Often Should You Maintain Your Heater?
We recommend having heater maintenance conducted at least once every two years to avoid unexpected breakdowns. Your engineer will identify any current or potential problems that will save you plenty of effort and money in the future.
We’ll also provide you with expert opinions on whether you can get by with a repair or if the entire unit will need to be replaced.
Inefficient heaters will not always require replacement. A new filter, replacement of the pilot light with electronic ignition, sealing joints in the ducts, and setting the humidifier at the correct level will often allow you to avoid replacing the entire heater. With proactive maintenance, you’ll be able to identify potential problems before they occur, with time to determine the best method of repair.
Call today at 020 8882 2266 for comprehensive heating services and greater peace of mind!