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6 Signs You Need a Boiler Repair

Boilers are an excellent choice for heating since they are quiet, provide constant heat, require less maintenance, and are usually more energy efficient than furnaces.

However, the system occasionally needs repairs to get the heat working and keep the house warm. Identifying the right time for repairs is important. Early detection could mean the difference between a small, inexpensive boiler repair and a large, costly one. 

Your boiler may need to be repaired if you notice one or more of the following signs.

1. Strange Sounds

Generally, your boiler keeps a relatively low level of noise. Strange noises from your boiler may indicate a problem with the circulating pump, a loose mechanical part, or something else.

The pump or fan has worn out if you hear clunking, whirring, or banging. Alternatively, you might hear whistling or gurgling sounds if your boiler is kettling. The kettling of a boiler occurs when too many hard water deposits are present in the boiler.

2. Foul Smell

Unusual smells coming from a boiler are almost always a sign of trouble. You may have a problem with the circuits if the smell is like burning plastic or metal.

On the other hand, a foul, sulphuric odor that smells like rotten eggs indicates a gas leak. Carbon monoxide can also leak through, although you cannot smell it. 

Carbon monoxide leaks are very dangerous since they can cause explosions and fires. Carbon monoxide also causes migraines, breathing issues, and even death in cases of carbon monoxide poisoning.

3. Leaks

A boiler is a closed-loop system, so there should never be a leak around the boiler. A boiler leak is a sign of a problem. A leak from your boiler can quickly spread to your walls and floor and cause expensive water damage. Your home may suffer from mold and structural damage as a result. A leaking boiler can also cause low water pressure and poor heating.

Internal components are most commonly responsible for leaks. In most cases, leaks occur due to faulty seals or pressure valves. 

4. Poor Heating Performance

Even though poor heating isn't as bad as not having any heat, it's still not ideal. Poor heating performance can result in your house not heating up to the temperature you set on the thermostat or taking a long time to heat up.

Alternatively, one room may be hot while another is freezing cold. In most cases, the boiler not performing properly results from a malfunctioning internal component such as a motorized valve, thermostat, or airlock. Another possibility is that your boiler is nearing the end of its life.

5. Higher Energy Bill

A malfunctioning boiler may result in a spike in your monthly utility bill. The sudden increase could result from a repair issue causing an increased draw on resources. Repairs could be counterproductive if your boiler is old, and you are better off finding a replacement.

6. Boiler Keeps Turning Off

Pilot troubles, low water pressure, thermostat problems, poor circulation, or a closed water valve are all possible causes of a boiler that keeps turning off.

No matter what the problem is, repeatedly turning the boiler on will not fix it. Call a repair professional to fix the problem.

As one of the most useful appliances in your home, the boiler is likely to experience the most stress. A boiler breakdown can be a major inconvenience. Service your boiler regularly to reduce the risk of boiler issues. Ensure that an experienced professional is performing the repairs and maintenance.

Feel free to contact us if you have a boiler problem or want to schedule preventative maintenance.