Having no smell or taste, is one of the things that makes carbon monoxide so dangerous, as it can be difficult to diagnose and can go undetected. Additionally, the symptoms may be passed off as general flu or illness – however one clear difference is that carbon monoxide poisoning does not cause a temperature. It is important to be aware of the symptoms which are:
- Feeling and being sick
- Stomach pain
- Difficulty breathing
So, what can you do to protect against it? Vigilance is always key when it comes to carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you start to experience flu like symptoms get yourself checked out at the doctors. If they tell you you’re well think about where you felt ill. It makes sense to pay attention to where your symptoms occur, is it always in the same place and at the same time of day?
You can also ask others if they are feeling the same as you, this is a very clear indicator of what could be carbon monoxide poisoning. It is also a good idea to install a carbon monoxide detector near your boiler, this will remove the guess work and tell you if you have a leak.
If you are concerned your boiler has a carbon monoxide leak it’s important that you air out your house by opening all doors and windows and then immediately leave the premise.
Once you are away from the danger you should contact the emergency gas number on 0800 111 999.
How to Know If You Need a New Boiler
So, you’ve taken great care of your boiler and had it serviced regularly – but, it’s finally given up. As with anything, eventually a breakdown will likely happen – and it can be incredibly frustrating especially if it’s the middle of winter. Aside from the bad smells we have discussed, there are some other tell-tale signs to look out for which mean you may need a new boiler.
1.Radiators Take a Long Time to Heat Up
If you take good care of your central heating system and bleed your radiators regularly, they should be heating up pretty quickly. So, if it is taking a few hours to heat up or they only stay tepid – it’s probably a sign that your boiler is giving up.
2.Your Bills are Increasing
If you find yourself confused by your energy bills it could be a sign that your boiler is not running as efficiently as it should. An older boiler takes more energy to run, hence higher bills. You can check your boiler’s efficiency pretty simply by looking on its Erp energy label – Green is the most efficient, whilst red is the least. An efficient boiler can save you a chunk on your energy bills.
3.The Boiler is Leaking
A leaking boiler is a big deal and should be dealt with immediately. If you spot puddles around your boiler, the internal parts are likely wasting away – it can lead to further rot and corrosion if left untreated and wastes a lot of water in the process. Getting an engineer out quick will prevent further damage.
Boilers do make noises, especially when starting up, but it shouldn’t be any more than a slight humming sound. If it starts banging or whirring loudly you should get an engineer out to have a look as it could be a sign something is wrong. Turn off your boiler if you do experience this, it helps keep damage to a minimum whilst an engineer comes out to you.
As with anything related to your boiler and central heating – you should always use a registered gas safe engineer.