If you’ve ever taken a cold shower, you understand what a luxury hot water can be. That’s why it’s so important to keep up with boiler maintenance for your home.
Here are seven common problems boiler maintenance can help you avoid:
- No hot water – This could be a matter of replacing the thermostat or adjusting low water levels in the boiler.
- Kettling – Lime buildup can hurt your boiler’s performance. If you hear a rumbling sound coming from it, your boiler needs to be serviced ASAP.
- Hot motor vs. cool motor – Too much of one thing does not help your boiler. To balance its temperature, a qualified technician will look at the motor pump or capacitor to correctly evaluate the issue.
- Pressure drop – Although this may result from loss of water, low pressure could also be caused by the failing of an expansion vessel. A professional will replace the pressure relief valve in your boiler and recharge the expansion vessel with air.
- Boiler turns itself off – Various issues could cause this to happen to your boiler. That’s where an expert steps in to diagnose the problem and service it correctly to prevent any further problems.
- Water leaks – These leaks often begin small but if left unresolved, can turn into a big problem. Over time, water leaks can result in a loss of boiler pressure. You can check the pressure yourself, making sure it’s between 1 and 1.5 level.
- Blockages – Unusual pressure readings and loss of heat or water within your boiler may be tell-tale signs of blockage. Blockages must be cleared by professionals for effective service.
As you can see a simple look and listen approach may not suffice when it comes to keeping your boiler running effectively. For more information or to schedule boiler maintenance, contact the experts at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’re proud to help homeowners throughout Grand Traverse County.
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