What Your Boiler Might Be Telling You: A Few Clues There Is Something Wrong With It

To save from having to call for an emergency boiler repair technician in the middle of a cold night, be sure to pay attention to what your boiler is telling you. Long before the unit quits working, there will be little signs that something is wrong. It is important that you listen to the boiler as it runs. When these signs are not noticed or ignored,  you will find yourself in trouble. Here are a few clues that your boiler needs some type of maintenance.

Noises

While your boiler makes noise when it is running properly, if you notice that the noise changes or gets louder, it is asking you for help. When you hear a hissing noise, it is usually due to an uneven water level caused by sludge in the tank. If left unattended, the boiler will either shut down completely and need to be replaced. If there is a build up of pressure in the tank, it could result in an explosion.

Odors

The main immediate concern about odors coming from a boiler is a gas leak. The only thing this does to the boiler is make it less efficient, and it is a waste of gas. However, the gas can cause people to get sick or possibly die. Of course, the gas leaking is flammable and may cause a fire if there is a spark or the fumes reach the pilot light. The leak may be anywhere in the system, including the ventilation system.

Leaks

If you notice a damp or wet patch near the bottom or your boiler, having a repair technician come to fix the leak will save you a considerable amount of  money on your fuel bill. In addition to needing more fuel to heat your home, a lack of water can cause the unit to break down. This will result in a repair bill that is larger than if you had the leak fixed. Leaks can be caused by a problem with the pump or pressure relief valve, or there could be a small hole in one of the pipes.

The boiler provides your house with heat and hot water. To save money, proper maintenance is required to keep it running as efficiently as possible. Regular maintenance can also help you find a problem before it requires a major repair. Aside from keeping your fuel bills low and your home at a comfortable temperature, keeping your boiler in good condition is necessary to keep it from becoming a safety hazard.