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How to deal with those annoying noises

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

Noisy boiler

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.

Banging pipes

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.

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Gurgling Radiators

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.

Humming sounds

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!

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How to get the most out of your boiler this winter

How to get the most out of your boiler this winter

Enhanced energy solutions can provide Sheffield with many boiler services- from boiler installation to repairs. A boiler is essential to a home- especially in the winter! So, find out how to get most from it, by continue reading.

Annual servicing

To get the most out the boiler you should make sure it is annually serviced by a qualified engineer. Having an annual boiler service will ensure that your boiler runs efficiently. This will be especially important in these winter months. An annual service will allow for your engineer to detect any small problems and identify any potential issues, before they become big and costly. So, if you have not yet had your annual service, we strongly recommend you arrange one soon! Plus, remember not having an annual service can invalidate any boiler warranty you have.

So as to have your boiler running efficiently and working as hard as it can be, you should also consider doing the following things to prepare your home this winter.

Preparing your home

Exclude draughts

Winter breezes really can be chilling. They’re sneaky and will slip into the gaps in your home- if you don’t block them. So, check the edges of your windows and doors for draughts and seal any gaps. You can do this with self-adhesive draught strips. Or you can purchase draught excluders. You could also hire a professional, to assist you in draught proofing your home.

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It’s important to do this for the sake of your energy bills. Letting cold air in and warm air out, will obviously make your home colder- thus, forcing your boiler to work harder. Plus, if you don’t exclude draughts, you will end up wanting the heating on for longer and higher!

Add insulation

On average about ¼ of the heat in your home is lost through the roof. So having good loft and wall cavity insulation, could help keep your house warm and your energy bills low. For information on insulation- including where to insulate and the potential savings in doing so- please click here.

Your pipes should also be insulated. The colder temperatures can cause your pipes to freeze. Frozen pipes can be vulnerable to bursting. This could cause massive damage to your home. Insulating them is the best way to prevent this from happening. If you find your pipes have frozen, you could attempt to thaw them. For guidance with this, please click here. Only do this if they’re easily accessible and at ground level. If they aren’t, or if you’re feeling unsure we encourage you to seek professional assistance.

Check your radiators

You’ve probably barely used your radiators over summer. So when they start being in high demand again, they can display a few problems. One of the most common issues is trapped air. This can be identified by feeling for cold spots on your radiator, or noticing that your radiators are significantly colder towards the top. Trapped air stops the heat from circulating properly. It prevents your home from feeling as warm and forces your boiler to work harder. To release this tapped air you will need to bleed your radiators. This should be a fairly simple task, which most home-owners can do. For help click here.

Do you need a boiler installation in Sheffield?

If you need a boiler installation- or any heating assistance, or advice- in Sheffield, or its surrounding areas, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would love to assist you with all your heating needs!