Central heating systems in our area often entail a boiler system, which uses heated water or steam to heat your home through a series of pipes and radiators. They’re cost-effective and very efficient, which is why they see a lot of use. But they can run into problems just like any other heating system, and when they do, they need to be treated by a professional repair technician with the skills to properly do the job.
You should never attempt to diagnose problems with your boiler yourself. It requires training and licensing to perform properly, and even a seemingly obvious problem can have a very complex solution. But you likely know your boiler’s functions very well by now, and can notice when something isn’t right. Anything out of the ordinary in your boiler’s functions is grounds for calling in a repair service. More specifically, look for some of the following symptoms.
Odd noises translate to anything you don’t recognize as part of your system’s ability to function. Air in the system from leaks, water passing through sediment build-up, the soft hiss of steam escaping from a hole in the pipe… all of it points to a problem in need of professional repair. The noises can come from any part of the system, and in many cases will start and stop with the starting and stopping of the boiler itself.
Speaking of leaks, they can spring up anywhere along the boiler’s pipe system, which leads to a reduction in the system’s efficiency and increased strain as the boiler works harder to make up the difference. The affected area is often cooler than the rest of the house, and the leaking water can easily damage surrounding components. You can check for puddles of water or the like along the pipes, but small leaks may not leave much beyond a little steam behind.
Frozen Condensate Pipe
The interior of the home is usually very warm with the boiler running, but the condensate pipe – which removes waste liquid from the boiler itself – can suffer from frozen water in the pipe on particularly cold days. That, in turn, will cause a back-up and can create a huge amount of excess damage if you allow it. Keep an eye out for this issue especially during cold spells or at night when temperatures drop.
Kettling is a unique problem often caused by lime build-up or similar blockages in the system. The mineral deposits tend to settle the bottom of the boiler, creating an insulating barrier between the water and the heat. That, in turn, heats up the metal of the boiler instead of the water, which can create loud “kettling” noises. Kettling is extremely hard on the boiler’s components and reduces its efficiency considerably, as well as raising the chances of additional breakdowns. If you suspect this is the case in your boiler, turn it off immediately and call in a repair service.
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