5 signs that your boiler is faulty

Having a faulty boiler can not only be a huge inconvenience at the best of times, but when there’s the added possibility of it putting your family in danger, you have every right to be concerned. Luckily, in many cases your boiler may just need to be reset; but it’s important that you are aware of the tell-tale signs that your boiler could be dangerous:

My boiler’s pilot light is changing colour

If you have noticed that your boiler’s pilot light is often blowing out, this could be an early warning sign that the gas isn’t fully burning. However, if the pilot light changes colour from a bright blue/green, to a yellow flame, it is likely that there’s not enough oxygen to burn the fuel – which suggests that carbon monoxide is present.

There are black stains near my boiler

Black stains above, or near, your boiler suggests that there may be a leak coming from your flue. It’s important that you get your boiler assessed immediately if you notice any unusual stains, as leaking boiler emissions can include deadly carbon monoxide.

There is condensation in the room where my boiler is installed

Heavy condensation or misting up of the windows is often a sign that your boiler isn’t being ventilated properly. Whilst this might not seem like a huge issue, if exhaust gases such as carbon monoxide can’t leave your home, they could be being released indoors. Get a Gas Safe engineer to inspect the appliance as soon as possible and think about installing gas safe alarms.

A strange smell is coming from my boiler

Whilst carbon monoxide is odourless, if your boiler isn’t burning properly you’ll often notice a faint smell coming off it. If you are noticing anything unusual, it is worth getting it checked out sooner, rather than later.

I have symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

Finally, symptoms of low-level carbon monoxide poisoning can include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Breathlessness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue

So, if you’re noticing any symptoms that are out of the ordinary, it’s crucial that you get your boiler inspected by a gas safe engineer as quickly as possible and visit your local GP.

My landlord hasn’t fixed my faulty boiler

If you have complained to your landlord about a faulty boiler in your rented home, but you are yet to see any action taken, our expert team may be able to help. At CEL solicitors, we understand that yours and your family’s health is paramount, and we believe that everyone has the right to live in a well-maintained and, more importantly, safe property.

Contact our expert team of housing solicitors today on 0808 281 2660 or email info@celsolicitors.co.uk and know that you are in safe hands!