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Why Is My Boiler Making Banging Noises?

A noisy boiler can be a cause of concern, and may even be very stressful for your family.

While some level of noise is normal during the heating process, unusual or loud banging noises can indicate underlying issues.

Ignoring these sounds can lead to further damage and potentially result in costly repairs. There are different types of boiler banging noises, and they signify different issues. Likewise, they each necessitate different approaches to fix them.

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Why Is My Boiler Making Banging Noises?

What Are The Different Types Of Boiler Banging Noises?

Banging Noises

Banging noises in boilers are often associated with kettling, which stems from debris or limescale buildup around the heating exchanger. Hard water areas are particularly prone to limescale buildup. If you hear banging or tapping noises from the pipes under the floor, they might be loose and need retightening.

Drone Noises

A drone-like or airplane-taking-off sound coming from your boiler may indicate a faulty pump. A leaking, worn-out, or debris-filled pump can be the cause of this issue.

In such cases, a Gas Safe registered engineer may attempt to repair the pump. If repair is not feasible, they might recommend replacing the pump, which typically costs between £200 and £300, including installation. Alternatively, if the boiler is over ten years old and not performing well, the engineer might suggest a boiler replacement.

Humming Noises

If your boiler emits a low humming sound, several factors may be at play. High boiler pressure is one common cause, which can be easily checked by looking at the pressure gauge. If the pressure is too high, it can be lowered by bleeding the radiators.

Another reason for a humming boiler could be a circulating pump set too high or fast. This problem can be resolved by adjusting the pump speed.

In some cases, the humming noise might be attributed to a loose or faulty component inside the boiler. In such instances, it’s best to contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to inspect and repair the internal components.

Vibrating Noises

Loose brackets can cause vibrations, and if that’s the case, you can easily tighten them yourself. Another potential cause could be a blocked exterior flue, which can be checked and cleared safely from outside.

However, vibrating noises might also be an indication of sludge buildup within the system or a shaking pump inside the boiler. Both of these issues require professional intervention. An engineer can inspect the boiler, fix the shaking pump, or perform a thorough system cleanse to remove the sludge.

Gurgling Noises

Gurgling noises are quite common in boilers, but constant or loud gurgles can indicate trapped air in the system. To address this, bleeding the radiators is a simple and effective solution. A registered engineer can assist you with this or you could do it yourself.

Incorrect water pressure or a frozen condensate pipe may also be causing the gurgling noises. You can check the pressure gauge to see if it’s too low or high and re-pressurise the system following the user manual instructions. For frozen condensate pipes, use safe methods like a hot water bottle or microwavable heat pack to thaw the blockage.

Kettle Noises (Boiler Kettling)

A boiler producing kettle-like noises is often experiencing a problem known as boiler kettling. This is a common issue that arises due to the buildup of debris or limescale in the system, leading the boiler to overheat and generate steam.

To resolve this problem, the central heating system needs a deep clean. This process, known as powerflushing, involves the use of various chemicals to clear debris and limescale by a professional engineer.

Do not try and do any DIY measures that you are not comfortable with or trained for. While bleeding your radiators can be done yourself, you should not attempt things like powerflushing. Always contact an experienced professional.

Are Boiler Banging Noises Dangerous?


Boiler banging noises are not necessarily dangerous in themselves, but they could indicate an underlying problem that might worsen if ignored. If left untreated, issues like kettling can lead to reduced boiler efficiency, higher energy bills, and potential damage to the system.

Additionally, a faulty boiler can pose safety risks, including carbon monoxide leaks. For these reasons it is essential to address the issue promptly to prevent further complications.

Can I Fix the Boiler Banging Sound Myself, or Do I Need to Call a Professional?


While bleeding radiators to release trapped air is a simple task that most homeowners can do, diagnosing and fixing the underlying cause of boiler banging noises can be complex.

It’s generally best to call a qualified registered engineer to inspect and repair the boiler. Attempting DIY fixes without the necessary expertise could lead to further damage or compromise safety. You could even consider a boiler upgrade scheme.

How Can I Prevent Boiler Banging Noises in the Future?

How Can I Prevent Boiler Banging Noises in the Future?


Regular boiler maintenance is the key to preventing boiler banging noises. Schedule annual servicing with a qualified engineer to ensure your boiler operates efficiently and identify any potential issues early. You can consider an annual boiler service to stay up to date.

Add a central heating inhibitor to the system during the powerflush to prevent limescale buildup and corrosion. On top of that, regularly check and bleed your radiators to prevent trapped air and keep an eye on the boiler pressure gauge and repressurise the system as needed.

How Much Will It Cost to Fix Boiler Banging Noises?


The cost of fixing boiler banging noises can vary depending on the underlying issue and the extent of the problem. Simple fixes like bleeding radiators may not cost much, but more complex issues like kettling or pump replacement could be more expensive.

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Why Is My New Boiler Making Banging Noises?

Why Is My New Boiler Making Banging Noises?


Even newer boilers can develop issues that lead to banging noises. It could be due to poor water quality, incorrect installation, or manufacturing defects.

If your boiler is still under warranty, contact the manufacturer or a qualified engineer authorised by the manufacturer to inspect and fix the problem without voiding the warranty.

What Are Some Other Warning Signs of Boiler Problems?


Strange odours, especially a gas-like smell, could indicate a gas leak or other combustion-related problems. Radiators or certain areas in the house remaining cold even when the heating is on may also indicate circulation problems.

If the pilot light frequently goes out or changes colour, it may signal an issue with the burner or gas supply. A sudden increase in energy bills without an apparent reason could also point to reduced boiler efficiency.

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