Spring is officially here and summer won’t be too far behind . You’re likely still using your heating system such as a boiler, but that won’t last. Soon enough, you’ll be giving your boiler a rest and turning your air conditioner on.
Ironically, this is the time of year when breakdowns are most common. Having worked regularly for months by now, any problems with the system are likely to start making themselves known. In these cases, it’s usually best to schedule repairs now, when you have less needed of the system, rather than next fall when cool days can come at any time.
Call in an Expert
You should never attempt to identify a boiler issue yourself, much less repair one. Boiler repair can be dangerous – heated water and steam can scald – and even the most seasoned layman often ends up doing more harm than good. If you suspect any kind of issue with your boiler, shut it down and call in a repair service immediately.
Signs of Trouble
That said, a problem with your boiler system will usually show signs of it well before it causes a breakdown. If you pay attention, you can spot such a sign, then shut down the system and call for repairs. Such issues can include, but are not limited to:
- No Heat. No heat or low heat levels generally indicate a problem with the burners. It’s a problem because it can easily lead to frozen pipes or burst pipes, which can be very expensive to treat, in addition to slowing the rate of heating your home to an absolute crawl.
- Strange Noises. Strange noises can be a sign of serious trouble, such as kittling or lower water pressure. They can include bangs, moans and whistles, but really involve anything you don’t recognize as part of the boiler’s usual functions.
- Leaks are fairly easy to detect by looking for puddles of water along the system’s pipes. But not all leaks leave puddles. Some are very small and may just leave steam or moisture along nearby surfaces. Check carefully along the entire length of pipe if you suspect a leak.
- Spikes in Bills. Many boiler issues don’t exactly halt the boiler’s ability to function. But they can cost it a great deal in inefficiency and wasted energy. They also increase the strain on other components and raise the risk of repairs accordingly. If you spot an unexpected spike in your bills – especially if you haven’t used your system any more often than necessary – it may be a more serious problem in need of attention.
- It Keeps Turning Off. If the boiler won’t seem to stay running for long, it could be a variety of issues: anything from low water pressure to a fault pump to trouble with the heating system. Regardless, it needs the attentions of a professional before it will work reliably again.
If your home requires boiler services of any kind, call on the pros at Skylake Heating & Air. We provide boiler repair in Orem, UT and throughout the surrounding area!