My boiler could have killed me

For all sorts of reasons such as covid and family problems i put off getting my boiler serviced then one day i noticed the pressure dial was not moving so i decided to get it done.
The first photo shows a red melted gasket , if the parts from the melted section touch the main cylinder their would have been a loud bang.

The second photo shows a pipe that feeds gas from the mains to the boiler , look at the split , as well as gas going into the boiler it was also going into my home. The second photo shows a red melted gasket , if the parts from the melted section touch the main cylinder their would have been a loud bang.

If anyone on this site wants to use the photos to educate people you have my permission to do so , i think i am lucky to be alive.



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  • Why don't you have a carbon monoxide alarm. ?....that would sound if you had a gas leak.
  • Gerry1
    Gerry1 Posts: 9,773
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    Why don't you have a carbon monoxide alarm. ?....that would sound if you had a gas leak.
    That's highly dangerous advice.
    A CO alarm might have been triggered by town gas (amazingly, it contained about 50% CO) but natural gas contains very little CO and a leak won't be detected by  a CO alarm.
  • rp1974
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    Not quite OP,your own negligence of your boiler could've killed you,your immediate neighbours,half the street etc,etc but didn't so all is well,this time,luckily.
    Yet another example of why I believe that privately owned,I'm assuming,gas boilers should be examined annually by law in the same manner as council/housing association etc ones are.
    Out of interest,just how long did you leave your boiler unserviced for?,the red gasket looks more like it's perished than has melted to me,though that said neither are desirable,as regards the state of the black pipe,words fail me really.


  • When I was a landlord I had to follow requirements.....
    * In England & Wales regulations recommend that landlords provide CO alarms in rooms with gas appliances.
    * Its law in Scotland & Northern Ireland.
    * Government publications also cover CO alarms in rooms with gas appliances.

  • Netexporter
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     should be examined annually by law in the same manner as council/housing association etc ones are.

    Private rentals are subject to annual gas safety checks, too.

  • the advice to get a CO alarm is good, just not given for the right reasons! 
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    edited 20 November 2023 at 4:30PM
    I suspect if your boiler was passed warranty and given you did ignore the general if not written  advice of getting it serviced yearly.

    What actually nearly killed you.....was you. Lesson learnt don't mess with gas.
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  • Thanks for the details.
    I was not aware that CO alarms do not detect gas supply leaks and that this type of alarm would have been no help to the OP and their particular problem.
    I'd still suggest they get a CO alarm though.

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