It’s a legal requirement for your landlord to fix your broken boiler at the end of the tenancy. The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1985 were introduced in order to prevent tenants from, among other things, refusing repairs, it’s set out in article 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 which your landlord should carry out repairs by, at the end of the tenancy, repairs being carried out by, you, the tenant. If repairs are not carried out on time and in good repair then this can amount to an offense against the tenant. You have the right to enter into a formal agreement with your landlord to fix your broken boiler; an agreement can be made if you don’t want to do it yourself or with a solicitor.
In some cases you might think that the only way to repair a broken boiler is to replace it. This is not necessarily the case, especially where your present heating system is faulty. Your landlord may have another option, and some boilers may be unsuitable for use as a backup heating system. Heating problems often mean that there is another option. In these cases your original landlord should contact a heating expert, or someone who works for a reputable heating contractor, to find alternative heat sources for you. They will often be able to recommend one that’s more suitable for your home, where your old boiler is being replaced.
Some boilers will stop working after some years. There is also the option of fitting a secondary heating system, called a standby boiler. This means that it can be switched on and off whenever needed by you or your family. This is usually cheaper than having a totally installed a new boiler. But you need to remember that standby boilers have a much shorter life than new ones, and you may have to make additional trips to the boiler servicing station to have them checked and serviced.
Hot water supply tanks are a common cause of broken boilers. If this is the case with your tank, then you will need to get it re-ordered from your supplier. You can visit the local heating supplier in your area, or they could order the part straight from the company that makes the tanks. Many of these companies also offer to install a tankless hot water system, which means that you don’t have to worry about the distance between your hot water cylinder and your heating system.
Other heating faults could be a fault in the control panel. Again, this could be a problem with your supply, or your boiler, but it can also be related to something else, like a faulty heating element. Some heating contractors can undertake to diagnose and rectify any of these problems on a one off basis. Other, more complex, repairs will have to be undertaken by somebody else, and you should always ensure that you understand the process involved with having a heating repair done to your system.
Faulty pipework is yet another cause of boilers going bust. The situation is more common around the world, and it’s particularly a problem for those homes and businesses that have no proper ventilation system installed. In the UK, this is usually remedied by using central heating boilers. In the rest of the country, it’s usually necessary to install vents to fix this problem, but the vents themselves might be too big or positioned the wrong way, meaning that the vents won’t be able to release the right amount of hot air. These types of boiler problems are best left to a qualified heating technician to fix, but there are some simple things that you can do yourself, to help reduce the risk of your system breaking down.
For example, some of the simplest and cheapest things that you can do to prevent boilers from breaking down is to make sure that the heating oil that’s in your boiler is replaced regularly. This hot water heating oil will break down over time, and if it’s not replaced regularly, the lubricant could start to run dry. This could mean that you have to call in a repairman, or have your boiler fixed entirely. Keeping the hot water heating oil topped up with new lubricant can save you money on your yearly bills, and as well as helping to keep your boiler’s running smoothly, it could also help to solve some of the most common boiler problems.
Another cause of boiler breakdowns is condensate pipe problems. The condensate pipe runs from the boiler, through the home, to the drainage pipes, before it reaches the drainage system. If the pipe is blocked or clogged, the heat from the boiler isn’t being conducted safely, and you could end up with the unpleasant situation of the pipes freezing and bursting. In order to fix this problem, you’ll first need to turn off the warm water supply to the house, and then clear away any snow that has gathered in the pipes. Call a boiler service to fix the problem quickly, before it’s too late.