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8 Signs Your Boiler Needs to be Serviced

8 Signs Your Boiler Needs to be ServicedEnsuring that your boiler functions properly not only keeps your home warm and comfortable during the months that you need heat, it also keeps your energy bills low, protects against leaks and water damage and prevents frozen pipes and other costly inconveniences. If your boiler hasn’t been serviced in a while, it’s a good idea to schedule a maintenance appointment. Definitely schedule maintenance if you experience any of these signs.

1. Water leaks

Water leaks are a clear sign that your boiler needs repair. The issue might be as simple as a loose pipe connection or it may be a more serious and complex problem, such as a faulty pump seal or pressure valve. Water leaks should be addressed right away because the leak can lead to property damage and mold infestation, which can quickly become costly problems.

2. Slow to heat

Heat should be produced as soon as your boiler is switched on. If heating up takes a long time, there could be a circulation issue. This may require a simple fix, but it could also mean it is time to get a new unit.

3. Unusual smells

A sulphur smell is added to gas to make it easy to detect a gas leak. If you notice a metallic or rotten egg smell around your boiler, it could be from a gas or oil leak. If you suspect a gas leak, leave the home immediately and call the fire department or gas company.

4. Strange sounds

Whirring, thumping and whistling are all sounds that indicate there may be damage to the boiler. These types of odd noises typically indicate a broken heater pump, a damaged heat exchanger or a blockage in the system.

5. No heat or hot water

No heat or hot water (or inadequate heat) is a clear sign that your boiler needs attention. This could be the result of a faulty part that needs replacing, such as a malfunctioning thermostat, or the valve, airlock or diaphragm. Contact a technician to diagnose and correct the problem.

6. High energy bills

Higher than normal energy bills are a sign that your boiler is losing efficiency. A technician performing a maintenance check will determine the extent of the problem and may be able to fix it as part of the routine service.

7. Boiler turns itself off

A boiler turns itself off to prevent overheating. If this happens frequently, the overheating might be due to a closed valve, low water pressure, a thermostat problem, air in the system, a faulty heat exchanger or a pump malfunction.

8. Your boiler is old

Proper maintenance can keep your boiler operating efficiently for many years, but at some point, it will need to be replaced.

Contact IAQ today for all your HVAC needs. We service homes in Highlands Ranch and throughout the Denver Metro Area.