5 Signs Your Boiler Needs Maintenance

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Your boiler is an essential part of your home’s plumbing system. It is what makes it possible for you to have hot water for showers and cleaning and for appliances like your washing machine and dishwasher. If your boiler isn’t working correctly, your entire plumbing system could suffer. Sometimes it is obvious when your boiler needs maintenance, but other times it isn’t. Here are five signs that mean it is time to have a professional inspect your boiler.

1. Your Water’s Temperatures are Incorrect

If the water in your home doesn’t seem to get as hot as it used to, or the temperatures are inconsistent, it’s time to have your boiler inspected. Generally, this means that something like a leak or buildup is preventing the boiler from heating consistently. A professional can identify the problem and repair it. We specialize in boiler repair on Long Island, so contact us if your water has inconsistent temperatures.

2. The Boiler Makes Noises or Smells Strange

Things like strange noises or smells mean your boiler needs to be maintained. Noises can be caused by any number of things, including problems that could cause your boiler to break down completely. If the smell is due to an oil or gas leak, it could be dangerous, so you should have it looked at right away.

3. The Boiler is Leaking

A leaking boiler will not function correctly and could cause expensive damage to flooring, drywall and even your home’s foundation. A leak repair is not something you can put off. If you find a leak in your boiler, contact a plumber right away so your boiler will work properly and you won’t have to deal with further damage.

4. The Pilot Light Won’t Stay Lit

A pilot light that won’t stay lit could indicate a problem with the thermocouple or a deposit buildup, among other things. If your light keeps going out, contact us. We provide boiler repair on Long Island, and can help you fix the problem quickly.

5. The Condensate Pipe is Frozen

The condensate pipe removes condensation from the boiler. When it is very cold, this pipe is in danger of freezing, causing a backup which will make the boiler shut down altogether. Do not try to thaw the pipe yourself, as you could accidentally cause further damage. Call a professional who can inspect the pipe and then thaw it out if necessary.

If you notice any of these signs, call a professional plumber right away. These problems will most likely interfere with the way your boiler is supposed to work, could cause further damage to the unit, and could even cause damage to other parts of your home.

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