I am an unbelievably "low confidence" DIYer, having only ever rented properties, which limits the stuff you're supposed to do, for liability reasons.
However, we had a boiler issue where it was making horrible cthonic gurgling noises and then switching off, with the fault lights blinking.
When I called the manufacturer's helpline, the automated message suggested it might be the "condensation pipe". Once I realised no-one was ever going to answer, I went down, and located what I think was the correct pipe.
This black plastic pipe runs out of where the boiler is on the top floor all the way around the corner and. On the end it was just an open pipe hole leading into the drain. I noticed there was a blob of ice covering part of the end of the pipe so I snapped it off.
I then tried to restart the boiler, with no real hope, as the pipe was incredibly long and I had no way to check if there was a proper ice blockage further up. It started fine and all the radiators began to heat up.
Could this have fixed it, or was it just coincidence? What I don't understand is why just removing a relatively small block of ice from the end of the pipe could have solved this.
If it actually got better because the daytime is warmer than the night, I'm worried it will freeze again this evening.