Many of us don’t think about how fortunate we are to have a constant supply of warm water – until it’s gone that is. That soothing morning shower or blissful evening bath is something most of us have come to rely on – meaning when your central heating breaks down, it’s important to get things back on track quickly. And not just because cleanliness is next to godliness – unfortunately going without a wash for a while can have some pretty serious knock on consequences. Just imagine going into an important work meeting smelling like a tramp’s armpit – that’s hardly going to seal the deal is it? Or going on a date with little more than a squirt of deodorant to keep you going – in most cases, body odour is going to prove a bit of a turnoff.
For these reasons and more, you’ll want to get that hot water working ASAP. If you’ve got boiler insurance this could be as simple as calling your provider and getting an engineer sent out to do the work. However, there are a few things you can do before calling out a professional, by checking:
1. Your power supply and fuse
Check your power supply and fuse – if the latter has blown, it could be a sign that something more serious has occurred. Always remember to switch off the power – doing it with it on cold prove to be very dangerous.
2. Gas or oil supply
This also needs to be turned on…
…as does your programmer, which should be in the ‘on’ position, with the thermostats turned up high enough.
4. Boiler pump
You need to check whether this is working, as if it’s not it will need repairing. This is something a professional electrical engineer should be able to sort out – if you’ve got central heating cover, this work may well be covered under your policy.
5. Pilot light
If your pilot light is switched off, it needs to be relit. If you’re unsure of how to do this, instructions are usually printed on or near the boiler, often on the front panel or inside door. They may also be available in the instructions booklet – so check this first. If all else fails, you may need to get a Gas Safe Register approved engineer to carry out the work – once again, this could well be easier and cheaper if you’ve got boiler insurance.