Boiler systems are prized as an efficient and effective way to heat homes and apartment complexes. Yet even the best boiler is prone to develop certain issues as time goes on. For that reason, it is a good idea to arm yourself with information about what common problems to be on the lookout for, so that you can more specifically discuss the problem with your plumber. If you would like to improve your boiler troubleshooting skills, read on. This article will discuss three frequent problems.
Boiler is not providing any hot water.
When a boiler ceases to produce hot water, your entire radiator system will fail to perform its heating tasks. In other words, this is the most serious problem you could encounter from a boiler. Always begin by ensuring that your thermostat is on and set to an appropriately high temperature.
If all seems to be well at the thermostat, you may be dealing with one of several issues: a broken diaphragm, a faulty airlock, a motorized valve that has ceased to operate properly, or a insufficient water level. You can rule out the last possibility by checking that your boiler's water level indicator is above the minimum threshold. If so, contact a plumber as soon as possible to help you figure out which of the other possibilities you're dealing with.
Boiler has developed a nagging leak or drip.
Here the most important thing you can do is to identify what part of the boiler the leak seems to be coming from. A leaking pressure valve generally indicates that the pressure inside of the tank is too great. A leaking pump seal, on the other hand, is usually caused by a seal that has become degraded. It will need to be replaced in order to overcome the problem.
Leaks that seem to be coming from the tank itself--or any of the nearby pipes--maybe an indication of corrosion inside of the system. Alternately, it may indicate a point of connection that is insufficiently tight. As you can imagine, corrosion represents a fairly serious problem. You will need to consult with a professional repair person to determine the extent of the rust before figuring out what to do next.
Boiler is making strange noises.
Generally this problem is caused by air that has worked its way into the system. Such air may produce a wide range of noises, everything from banging, to whistling, to gurgling. In rarer cases, such noises may be indicative of excessively low pressure. To learn more, contact a company like Rickett Industrial Environmental Systems.