Boiler Maintenance, Repair, Replacement
The last thing home and business owners want to experience is a boiler breakdown, especially during the cold winter months! When the temperature dips below zero, a non-functioning or inefficient boiler can lead to more than just discomfort; pipes can freeze and burst, potentially causing massive property damage and huge clean-up bills. Of course, regular maintenance will prevent most issues, but knowing the warning signs of a malfunctioning boiler can save the owner a lot trouble.
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7 Signs Your Boiler Needs Repair
1. Water Leaks
Water leaks are an obvious sign of trouble, though the actual culprit can be difficult to pin down. The problem can be as simple as a loose pipe connection, however it may be more complex and involve faulty internal components, such as a pump seal or pressure valve. Regardless of the cause, home/business owners should call a technician as soon as possible to avoid property damage and mold infestations, which can be brand new, very expensive headaches.
2. Unpleasant or Unusual Smells
Unpleasant and/or unusual smells around the boiler is a sure signal that something is not working correctly. A burned metal, plastic, or oil smell can indicate overheating circuits or elements. Sulfurous, rotten-egg like smells most likely mean that gas is leaking from somewhere in the boiler system. In both instances, the system should be shut down until a professional can fix the issue. A boiler may emit a burning fabric or dust smell when first activated for the season. This smell is normal, but if it persists for more than a day or becomes noxious, call a skilled technician.
3. Strange Sounds
Boiler systems, depending on age and design, make a variety of sounds when starting up, running, and shutting down. These often become so monotonous that people tune them out like other common background noise. On the other hand, unusual noises stand out like a sore thumb and should be investigated. A whistling noise, often called kettling, can result when minerals build up on the heat exchanger. The water backs up, boils,