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Boiler Pressure Problems: When It’s Time to Call for Repairs

Your boiler works within a specific range of water pressure. When it falls outside of that range in either direction, it can point to problems that require a plumber’s touch to handle.

Through all our years of boiler repair in Brighton, MI, we’ve seen just about every boiler issue you can imagine. Below are ways to tell that it’s time to call for repairs from the experienced professionals.

When the Pressure Is Too High

pressure increases when there’s too much water in the system. You can tell based on the pressure gauge on the outside of your boiler. Whether it’s an older needle-based gauge or a new LCD or LED gauge, it should tell you how much pressure is in the tank.

A boiler should run between 1 bar and 1.5 bar on the gauge, which should be indicated by a green background on older gauges. When you hit 2.5 bar or higher, the pressure is far too high, and it can result in boiler eruption due to a build-up of excessive pressure. That’s when it’s time to call for an emergency visit.

While some will suggest that you bleed your radiator to alleviate excessive pressure, we understand that many homeowners aren’t comfortable doing this. That’s why we’re here, and we’re ready to help.

When Your Pressure Is Too Low

On that same bar system, anything below 1 bar is too low. That means you have a low pressure problem in your boiler, which could indicate that there’s a leak somewhere in the system. That, or there might be an issue with how the water is being delivered to your home in the first place.

While it’s not very likely, check to see if there’s a nearby burst pipe or water main eruption in the street. This would be why you’re receiving low pressure or no pressure at all. if you can’t pinpoint the cause, it’s time to call a plumber to come and inspect it for you. Hopefully there’s not a water leak in your home, but it’s also a possibility that you need to be ready for.

How to Prevent Most Pressure-Related Issues in the Future

Maintenance is key. Boilers are highly specific machines, and skipping out on maintenance robs your boiler of a much-needed tune-up and inspection once per year.

During maintenance, our plumbers will check every part of your boiler and make sure it’s working as it should. If anything is out of place, we’ll handle it and give your boiler its best fighting chance to avoid breakdowns now and in the future.

We’re Just a Phone Call Away

If it’s time to call for repairs, don’t hesitate. Pick up the phone or use our contact form and we’ll get our plumbers out there to diagnose your boiler problem and serve up a quick solution in no time.

Call us today to schedule your boiler repair as quickly as possible. Remember, if your home had a voice … it would call First Choice!

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