Boilers of today are basically water heaters that typically use natural gas. Depending on the radiation system, most boilers can heat water in a range from 145-190 degrees. Boilers provide radiant heat that warms objects in a room. Many people like to use boilers because they can set their thermostat at a lower temperature and the radiant heat makes the room feel warmer than the air temperature reads. Some people also feel that boiler allow for heat to be more balanced throughout the home during the colder months. If you want your boiler to work correctly, it needs to be taken care of. This means it needs to be installed by professionals, have routine maintenance done on it and trusted professionals should perform any repairs. Despite all your best efforts to avoid problems you may still have something go wrong. It will eventually get old enough that you’ll need repairs or a replacement. There are telltale signs that will let you know your boiler is having problems working efficiently and effectively.
Common Boiler Issues
1. Foul odors. If you smell unfamiliar and unpleasant odors, it needs to be looked at right away. It can be a sign of a gas leak and can be very dangerous. Foul odors can also be an indication of an issue with the ventilation system and also needs to be looked at.
2. Boiler leaks. You should never ignore leaks coming from your boiler, otherwise you may have serious problems with damage to your property. There may also be a problem inside the boiler and when water is leaking out of the boiler it can’t work properly.
3. Temperature fluctuations. You may have a problem with your boiler if your water is hotter or colder than the temperature is meant to be. This can happen if water isn’t being circulated properly and therefore can’t heat your home consistently.
4. Higher utility bills. Utility bills will get higher in the winter because you’ll be using your boiler more. You should keep an eye on whether they are higher than they were the same time a year ago or a lot higher than your neighbors that use a boiler to heat their home. Higher bills mean you boiler is ineffective and inefficient.
5. Too many boiler repairs. If you find yourself calling for repairs too often, you may need to consider replacement. It will make more economical sense to replace it rather than continue to pay for repairs.
6. Your boiler is old. If a boiler is taken care of, it should last for at least 15 years. You may still want to consider replacing it with a more efficient one even if it hasn’t reached the end of its lifespan. Boilers continue to get more and more efficient and newer boilers work more efficiently than ever before.