When it comes to heating systems, boilers are among the most dependable. The reason is that they use fewer moving parts than furnaces or heat pumps and accumulate less wear and tear, lasting longer.
But while they are known for their dependability, there’s no guarantee that your boiler will always work without trouble. That’s why you should schedule boiler repair, if possible, before you need it to heat your house. This article will explain several warning signs your boiler may send that will tell you when it’s time to act and call for repairs.
Signs you need to repair your boiler
Here are several signs to look for to know if you need boiler repairs:
1. Rumbling and rattling sounds
If you hear rumbling and rattling sounds from your boiler, it often means something is wrong. One straightforward possibility is that the circulating pump is malfunctioning and shaking inside its casing. This is one of only a few boiler parts that must be routinely monitored. And if you hear a sound coming from inside the boiler tank, it could mean a buildup, which can cause overheating and make your boiler less efficient.
Water should never be coming out of or escaping from your boiler as it’s a closed-loop system. If you notice water puddling around your boiler, don’t just mop it up. Call an expert to come and seal any leaks and replace the lost water in your boiler.
3. Delays in rooms heating up
If you’ve had your boiler for a while, you typically know how long it takes for your house to start heating up once it’s been turned on. If your home is still heating up, but it’s taking longer, you could have a circulation issue with your boiler. But if it’s old, it may be time to replace it. An HVAC technician can take a look at what’s wrong and diagnose what needs to be done to get it working correctly again.
4. Odd smells coming from your boiler
A boiler giving off an unusual smell is usually always malfunctioning. If the smell is acrid, you could have trouble with the circuits. And if it smells like rotten eggs, it could be a gas leak, which is an even more severe problem. If so, shut off the gas to the boiler and call the gas company. If your carbon monoxide detectors go off, leave the house immediately.
5. Gas bill is higher than normal
One other outward sign that your boiler may be acting up is if your home is more expensive to heat. There are numerous things that can cause your boiler to work harder to provide the warmth you expect during the colder months, which will show up on your monthly gas bill. If your bill is significantly higher than normal, call a technician to see what’s wrong with your boiler and get it fixed.
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Dealing with a broken boiler is undoubtedly an inconvenience, but with the right approach and professional help, you can overcome this challenge. Remember to assess the situation, turn off the boiler if necessary, and contact a trusted HVAC specialist like Caldwell Mechanical Services. With our expertise, we can quickly diagnose the problem and provide the necessary repairs to get your boiler functioning again. Don't let a broken boiler leave you in the cold—trust our team to bring warmth back into your home or business.
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