Common Ravenheat Boiler Problems & Repair Advice
There’s an argument for boilers being one of the most dependable appliances in the home, working away almost constantly to provide heating and hot water to our homes every day. Should they stop working, it can be easy to forget about all their hard work and begin cursing your faithful boiler.
There’s some good news though, many common problems with boilers can be resolved without the expertise of an engineer and we’ll be highlighting them in this guide. If in any doubt at all though, contact an engineer. You can get free boiler repair quotes with our service.
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- Boiler isn’t firing up
If your boiler is failing to start then there are several possible causes including a broken thermocouple, a draught blowing the pilot light out or a deposit built up in the pilot light. There will be instructions in your boiler’s manual that can talk you through reigniting but before attempting this it’s very important to to check that there aren’t any issues with the gas supply.
Never carry out any work on your own gas boiler, so if it doesn’t reignite get in touch with a Gas Safe registered engineer.
- Flashing red light
A flashing red light suggests that there is an electrical fault with your boiler, potentially caused by the gas valve, PCB or flame sensor. It may be the case that they need replacing, get in touch with a Gas Safe registered engineer in this instance.
- Without heating and hot water
You should start by checking the boiler pressure and your thermostat as they could be causing the issue. If not, the potential causes can be low levels of water, broken diaphragms and airlocks or motorised valves failing.
With Ravenheat boilers specifically, this issue could be down to a faulty pump, if you think that your boiler needs a new part then you’ll need to get a Gas Safe registered engineer on the case. They’ll be able to thoroughly diagnose the problem and replace any broken parts where necessary.
- Radiators not heating up
If the radiators in your home aren’t coming on when they should be, or are only heating up at the bottom, then they probably need to be bled. This is something that you can do yourself, our guide to bleeding radiators can talk you through the process, but you can contact an engineer if you’d prefer.
- Low boiler pressure
If the boiler pressure has dropped below 1, then you might have an issue. Get to know more with our guide to low boiler pressure.
To help you identify the potential causes of some common boiler problems, we’ve put together the table below so you’ll know if you’ll need an engineer.
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|Problem||Possible Cause||Do you need an engineer?|
|No heat or hot water||Broken diaphragms and airlocks, failure of motorised valves, issues with the thermostat or low water levels||Yes|
|Leaking and dripping||Likely to be a broken internal component but depends where the water is coming from||Yes|
|Banging, whistling or gurgling noises||A common cause is air in the system, alternatively it could be that the water pressure is too low or it’s kettling||Yes|
|Pilot light goes out||Could be a broken thermocouple which is stopping the gas supply||Yes|
|Losing Pressure||A water leak in the system, or the pressure relief valve needs replacing or due to recently bleeding radiators||No, unless there’s a leak|
|Frozen condensate pipe||Your boiler will display a fault code or warning notification||Yes|
|Trouble with the thermostat||It may be turned off or not set to the correct settings (time etc.)||Consider replacing|
|Kettling||Limescale or sludge may have built up on your boiler’s heat exchanger||Yes|
|Radiators not getting hot||Sludge or air build up in the system or an unequal distribution of heat||The radiators need to be bled, which doesn’t require an engineer unless you’d prefer a professional took a look.|
|Boiler keeps switching itself off||Could be low water pressure, a problem with the thermostat or a lack of water flow due to a closed valve, air or the pump not circulating the water in the system properly||Yes|
If you’re seeing a series of numbers and letter on the screen of your Ravenheat boiler, it could mean that there’s a fault with your boiler. To help you decipher the code, take a look through our list of Ravenheat error codes.
Once you’ve had your Ravenheat boiler for a few years, it might be time to consider having a new one installed. A brand new boiler could be saving you up to £305* a year in a detached home. The table below shows how much you could be saving depending on the rating of the boiler in your property.
|House Type||G (<70%)||F (70-74%)||E (74-78%)||D (78-82%)|
|Mid terrace house||£175||£120||£105||£105|
|Mid terrace house||£95||£65||£55||£55|
After you’ve decided that you’d like a brand new boiler in your home, you have to start thinking about who you’d like do the installation. Your two options are a local engineer or a national company, both of which offer many benefits depending on your preferences.
Local engineers can offer some very competitive rates and if you like to receive service with a personal touch then you’re likely to be in direct communication with one person throughout.
With national companies, on the other hand you will have big brand protection which is a great bonus and they’ll be able to provide ongoing boiler cover.
When receiving quotes, we don’t recommend going with the first one you receive, instead aim to get up to 3. This way, you’re more likely to find the best deal for you.
It can be easy to think that your boiler warranty expiring is the end of the road in terms of cover for your boiler, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Boiler insurance is something well worth considering. If you think boiler insurance is the way to go then keep an eye out for any that offer an annual service and safety inspection. And remember, you’re under no obligation whatsoever to take this insurance out with your energy supplier.
The boilers in Ravenheat’s range offer different warranty lengths from 2-5 years. Have a read through our guide to Ravenheat warranties for a full understanding of what they offer.
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*According to the latest figures from the Energy Saving Trust
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