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How to Know If Your Boiler Needs Immediate Repair


Your boiler isn’t on the fritz, but it’s showing signs of giving out before long. But wait, how do you know when it’s showing those signs? Without experience handling boilers or knowing a lot about them, it can be difficult.

Boiler repair in Fenton is your best option if your boiler begins to show any of these signs. Do your best to go through this checklist first to determine if you need repairs or replacement.

Constant Strange Noises

Is your boiler noisy? It’s okay to hear some sounds every now and again, but there’s a limit. If your boiler is constantly making strange sounds and it doesn’t stop during normal operation, that’s a red flag.

Humming and buzzing sounds are the most common to hear when there’s a problem. These point to the circulator pump having a problem, and that’s not an issue that can be waylaid until later.

This issue can have a DIY solution if you have some experience. Because boilers circulate water through your radiator and often get stuck in the pipe, you can make adjustments to your lines if you know what you’re doing. If not, call a technician as soon as possible.

Your Energy Bills Are Rising

If you’re fairly consistent with the temperatures yourself, then it’s reasonable to assume somewhat consistent energy bills each month. When those rise out of nowhere and it’s not due to a rate increase from your energy provider, something’s wrong.

It could be your boiler. Over time, your boiler creates sludge from dirty water as it turns into steam. Dissolved solids (usually rust from your piping) sink to the bottom of your boiler and create this sludge that can greatly reduce your energy efficiency over time.

Your Boiler Is Leaking

Water damage is no joke. It can cost immense amounts of money to repair water damage in your home. If your boiler is leaking, it’s not doing well.

It’s not uncommon to see a few drops of water near the valve on your boiler, but it shouldn’t be a stream or produce a puddle. If it does that, call a technician.

Your Boiler Is 15 Years Old (or More)

If your boiler is 15 years old, we have some news for you: it’s not doing well. Boilers aren’t meant to last for more than 15 years. This is when they run into a host of problems simply from wear and tear, even with proper maintenance over the years.

Eventually, the repairs equal half or more of the cost of a brand new boiler. Those repairs won’t last forever, but a newer system will encounter far less issues for the first 10 years or so of its life.

It’s time to consider a new boiler if it’s this old, especially if you have a spotty history with maintenance visits.

Your Boiler May Need Help Soon

If your boiler won’t stop making odd sounds and causing problems, it’s time for a repair. If it’s over 15 years old and the issues keep persisting, it’s time to consider a replacement. Whichever option works for you, we’re here to help you handle the entire process.

Contact us today to repair your boiler or inspect it for any issues you may suspect as soon as possible.

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