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How DIY Boiler Repairs Can Cost More Money

Posted on: December 2nd, 2015 by Mirage

Its always a great feeling when you repair something yourself, but there are certain repairs that are best left to the professionals; especially if you aren’t trained or qualified. A boiler is one such system that could have serious repercussions, should you attempt to repair it yourself.

A False Sense of Saving

Myth: Fixing your boiler yourself will save you money.
Fact: Doing so could end up costing you more.
 

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Instead, why not opt for regular servicing of your boiler? This will prevent the build-up of deposits, ensure the correct pressure is set and that the valves aren’t faulty. Build-ups such as these can reduce the efficiency of your boiler and cause your energy bills to spike.

Dangers of DIY Repairs

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If you are not trained to repair boilers you could accidentally cause carbon monoxide to leak, which could be potentially fatal if it goes unchecked. Carbon Monoxide is an odourless gas, making it difficult to detect.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Vomiting and upset stomach
  • Weakness
  • Chest pain

Things You Can Do Yourself

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tick Check the pressure of your boiler using the pressure gauge and manual. If the pressure is not what it should be, call a professional to look into it.
 
tick Visually check the flame is still burning using the inspection slot (DO NOT remove the cover). If the flame is burning orange or red instead of blue, call a pro technician straight away.
 
To find out more about how the team here at Mirage Heating & Plumbing can service and repair your boiler efficiently and professionally, get in touch with the team on 0208 767 9922.
   
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