Unlike furnaces, boilers heat water or create steam and distribute it throughout your home. Boiler problems often occur in the middle of winter after long periods of frequent use. Becoming aware of some common warning signs associated with boiler failure can help you get ahead of serious problems and prevent you from being left out in the cold.
Evaluate the age of your appliance.
Different models have different life spans; however, if your appliance is over 12 years old, then it’s not a bad idea to consider getting a replacement. Newer model operate with a higher efficiency and can reduce your energy bills and save money over time.
Test your pressure relief valve.
When your boiler’s pressure gets too high, your pressure relief valve will release water and stream. Be sure to check the pressure relief valve for leakage problems. You can test it by lifting its lever and listening for water running down the drain.
Note any unpleasant odors.
If you start noticing a foul smell around your unit, call a professional immediately. Often times foul odors are a sign of a potential gas leak or problems with the ventilation system.
Listen for hissing noises.
Odd sounds or noises can indicate a sediment buildup that prevents water from properly being heated and distributed. Over time, this can cause your boiler to overheat or malfunction.
Boilers also come in many different types and sizes. If you decide it’s time for a new unit, it’s best to consult with a professional to understand which type is best for the layout of your home.
To prevent an unexpected malfunction, it’s important to be aware of common signs of failure and to note any signs of inefficiency. For more information or assistance on fixing boiler issues in the Monmouth County, New Jersey area, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.
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