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    The 3 Most Common Reasons For A Oil Boiler Breakdown And How To Fix Them

    A boiler breakdown is very inconvenient, especially in the colder seasons. So to help make sure your home stays warm, we’re going to cover the most common oil boiler problems and what you can do to get your boiler up and running again. Even though, we have some great fixes sometimes it’s best to leave it to the professionals, so if you’re ever unsure call a trained OFTEC engineer. 

    Reason For A Boiler Breakdown

    1. You’ve run out of heating oil

    Running out of heating oil is the top reason for a boiler breakdown. Checking your oil should always be the first thing to consider before assuming another fault.

    How to fix the problem? 

    This problem is a simple fix. All you need to do is order your oil, get an emergency delivery to your home and top-up your tank.

    Heating oil tank check

    Did you know there are automatic top-up services?

    Life can get busy and want to remove monitoring your oil and topping up your tank off the ‘to-do list’, automatic top-up services are available. They will cover all your heating needs for you. Another option is to get an oil monitor, which will alert you when your oil is low.

    2. Your boiler’s pressure is too high or low.

    When your boiler’s pressure is too high or low, it will shut down (lockout). A lockout happens when the boiler detects an issue and shut’s down for safety reasons.

    How to fix the problem? 

    Your boiler’s standard pressure is available in the manual. If the pressure is too high, you will need to reduce the water in the system by bleeding it. 

    If you have low pressure, check for leaks. If there are no leaks, you can add water to the system by opening the valve on the external filling loop.

    boiler pressure

    3. The condensation pipe is blocked.

    In cold weather, the pipes that remove the condensation can get blocked by frozen debris, causing your boiler to shut down.

    How to fix the problem? 

     To fix blocked condensation pipes, all you need to do is thaw the frozen pipe by pouring warm water over it. 

    Frozen pipe
    The best way to reduce a boiler breakdown is to get regular servicing
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