Avoid a Boiler Bummer This Winter: Check Out These Potential Problems

Avoid a Boiler Bummer This Winter: Check Out These Potential Problems

Another winter’s closing in on Monmouth County, and if it transpires to be a typical season we won’t see another 60-degree day until April. These aren’t conditions in which you want a boiler failure on your hands, but — if your water goes cold one day — there are few tricks to try that may avoid a boiler bummer. If you’re able, check out the following potential problems and suggestions before calling in the pros.

Start Simple

Remember, the easiest things to fix are typically the simplest things that go wrong. Always explore these options first:

  • Even a gas boiler needs electricity to fire up (in almost all cases). Has the fuse or circuit-breaker that protects the appliance blown or tripped?
  • Is the pilot light actually aflame? Without it, safety systems will prevent main burner ignition even if you introduce a lit taper or other ignition source through the viewing port. Your user manual, or a sticker on the machine itself, should tell you how to reset and then relight an extinguished pilot.
  • Yet another safeguard against unsafe operation measures water pressure. If it’s insufficient, the equipment may be unable to operate at all (this stops damage at the heat exchanger caused by massive temperature buildup). Do your cold-water faucets work as normal? If not, there may be a mains problem. If they do, check the shut-off valve, which could have been nudged into the “Closed” position.
  • Also fairly easy to accidentally alter are thermostats. If yours has been reset to a very low temperature, it may not be instructing the boiler to fire up.

Time to Seek Help

Check for water around the feed to the appliance, and under the boiler itself. If you see a puddle, something in or around the machine needs professional attention. It may also be that a sediment buildup inside the appliance is preventing proper operation. This is also a job that a trained technician should attend to. For three generations now, across all of Monmouth County and surrounding areas, when the do-it-yourself checks don’t volunteer an answer, homeowners like you have been contacting Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about boiler problems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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