word of the week

Word Of The Week – Boiler

Our word of the week this week has to be boiler. As we have spent most of the week trying to get someone to fix our boiler.


It started on Saturday when I thought I could hear planes flying over our house. We don’t live near a flight path but stranger things have happened. It turns out our boiler decided to get very noisy.

On Tuesday we thought that our hot water wasn’t as hot as it should be. The boiler started to make banging noises and at one point actually vibrated our bedroom floor from the kitchen. By 4pm the boiler had stopped working. We had already called British Gas and arranged a call out the next day, but with the heating not working we were bumped up to an emergency. Having a baby in the house qualified us for the priority.

At 9.30 pm the engineer arrived to find out what the problem was. He believed our condensate pipe is blocked. Unfortunately, the pipe can not be reached easily but he was able to get the boiler working again.

Yesterday morning at 4am the boiler started banging and stopped working again. Another engineer visit, including one from the national grid to make sure there wasn’t a gas leak, and we have a quote to fix the problem. You guessed it our insurance doesn’t cover the work needed.

So today we will be on engineer visit number three, trying to fix the problem. I’m dreading what they are going to do to my kitchen. Let’s hope they can fix the problem and we have heating and hot water again!

20 thoughts on “Word Of The Week – Boiler”

  1. Argh! There are few things worse than the boiler packing up. A few years ago now ours decided to pack up over Christmas! Hope Engineer #3 can get it sorted for you 🙂

  2. Dean of Little Steps

    Oh dear, hope you get your boiler sorted out soon, especially since it’s still cold. Thankfully not as cold as the past weeks, but can still be chilly. #wotw.

    1. Jane - Our Little Escapades

      It is back on at the moment. It’s been a complete nightmare, keeping everything crossed that it will be a happy boiler now!

  3. Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk)

    I wish it will be fixed soon! I can only imagine how hard it is without heating during this weather! #wotw

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  5. Oh no, the boiler always seems to go during the cold months too doesn’t it! Hope you get normality restored again soon, it’s awful not having any hot water!x

    1. Jane - Our Little Escapades

      I suppose it’s because we work them so hard in the winter. We were able to heat the home but it is the hot water you miss the most I think x

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