How to deal with those annoying noises
Enhanced Energy Solutions can provide many services from installing renewable technology, to performing a boiler repair. We cover Sheffield and its surrounding areas.
Our customers often come to us for advice about their central heating system. This can make a range of noises. Sometimes these can indicate a serious issue- which will need to be looked at by a professional. However, other times they can be easily resolved by the typical homeowner. So we are here to tell you about some of the common noises your central heating system makes- and how best to deal with them!
Noises from your central heating system
A build-up of limescale is often responsible for a noisy boiler. It is fairly common in older boilers, and in places with particularly hard water. So before calling for a professional, you should try removing the limescale to see if this will solve your noise issues. Removing this excess scale is relatively straightforward. You just need to add a de-scaler to your feed and expansion tank. Then, once it’s been allowed to make its way around the system, you need to flush your central heating using clean water. Also add some radiator inhibitor- as this will help prevent corrosion. To prevent further occurrences you may also want to consider adding a water softener.
Your pipes banging, could be due to a number of reasons. They may be simply overheating, or perhaps they were not secured under the floorboards correctly. The first thing you should do when you notice your pipes making thudding sounds, is check the thermostat. In order to do this, turn your boiler off and let the system fully cool down. After it’s been off for a while, switch your heating back on again, cranking up the thermostat. When you do this you should hear a click. If you don’t hear a click, you have a problem and will need an engineer to come diagnose and fix it.
If your central heating system makes a gurgling sound (it may sound like a kettle starting to boil) it’s likely due to trapped air. When air becomes trapped it can cause uneven heat distribution. Normally, you can easily identify this problem by simply feeling your radiators. The problem is more likely to occur in winter due to the sudden increase in heating demand. Fortunately though, with the correct tools and guidance, you can quickly resolve the issue by bleeding your radiators. For help with this please click here.
Your boiler making humming noises can mean that the heating elements are not functioning as they should. This is normally due to being set to the wrong pressure or timing. So, the first thing you should do is check that your thermostat is working correctly. If you find that it is, focus on the central heating pump. Sometimes these are set too fast- so cause noises- and need to be slowed down. It may also be necessary to decrease the pressure. Having your settings too high can result in clanging sounds and damaged pipes.
Do you need a boiler repair in Sheffield?
Often there can be a simple solution to your central heating noises. However, if you have found our advice unsuccessful we strongly encourage you to contact a professional. If you need a boiler repair in Sheffield- or any other heating, gas or plumbing service- please do not hesitate to contact us. With over 20 years of experience, we are confident we can meet all your heating and plumbing needs!