It is very difficult to put into words the excitement I felt when purchasing my first home. It was the mixture of pending independence and the first step of growing up that made me positively giddy with enthusiasm; however, I was not aware of all the difficulties I was about to face living on my own. I didn’t know about leaking roofs, plugged drains, and central heating. There are many leading heating companies that specialise in boiler repairs and installation, such as LGS Heating in Brighton, who are a top UK company.
I’m not a complete idiot, I knew about these problems; but I wasn’t sure of what to expect and definitely did not know how to manage the situation. These issues were always fixed by my father and the handyman who visited at regular intervals. When I began experiencing blocked drainpipes and water on the walls, I wanted to call my parents but didn’t want to seem incompetent. I was able to manage the difficulty with the help of the internet; but when my central heating system began giving me problems I was at my wits end and called my daddy.
You may wonder what could possibly go wrong with central heating. I mean, it’s just a central heating system – that’s what I thought. I believed moving in and turning the system on would be the way of things; unfortunately not. It seems that not all heating systems are alike; in fact, there are two types – the pumped style and the sealed style. Furthermore, each can be set to your personal heating preferences so the boiler turns on when you wish it to. I was unaware of this. There are many leading brands such as Valiant and Worcester and like anything you get what you pay for.
The house I moved into had a more modern sealed central heating system. This means that it does not operate on any pipes or water tanks, which makes sense being part of a newly built complex. The central heating system I was used to in my parents’ home is a pumped or vented system. These types operate using copper pipes or water tanks, often found in the loft. The sealed option is recommended nowadays as there is less chance of leaks, freezing in the pipes or corrosion of the pipes.
Anyway, I was faced with the more modern sealed central heating system; but the same difficulty my parents experienced with their pumped central heating system. I was perplexed and found my ignorance extremely frustrating. It was then that I discovered central heating systems need to be drained; however, my sealed system was supposed to drain itself – what had happened?
While pumped boilers were more likely to become ‘flooded’, the sealed system presented with a safety valve that released water as soon as the pressure began to build. Furthermore, if the pressure in the system was too low the valve would open to allow water in. So, what went wrong? It seemed that the security valve in my sealed central heating system was faulty – just my luck! Apparently, it did not open when the water pressure built up and caused the common flooding one would find when using a pumped central heating system.
In conclusion, after contacting my father who contacted a handyman to determine the problem, I went online and began researching my options to replace a sealed central heating boiler. Unfortunately, it seems the fault is in the system and not just the security valve. This basically means a lot of hassle and expense is coming my way – all because of a tiny little cap that isn’t doing its job. I toyed with the idea of not replacing the central heating system, but then I realized I do need hot showers in this freezing cold weather.