A malfunctioning boiler on a cold winter day is not only a big inconvenience to your family, but it can also represent a big hit to your wallet. Fortunately, there are a few simple boiler troubleshooting tips you can follow before you call for professional help. It will save you time and money if you can solve a boiler problem yourself, but don’t hesitate to call your HVAC pro if you need help.
Check the Power Supply
The boiler burns gas or oil to generate heat, but its electronic control and electric motors require electricity to run. First, be sure the thermostat has good batteries and is switched to “heat” mode. Set the temperature above room temperature so the boiler can come on.
If nothing happens, make sure the power switch on or near the boiler is turned on and check the circuit breakers or fuses that control the heating system. If the circuit blows as soon as you reset it, you probably have an electrical problem that requires expert attention.
Check the Fuel Supply
Be sure the gas or oil valve that controls flow to the boiler is open. Make sure you have oil in the tank, or that the local gas utility is supplying gas to your house. If the boiler has a standing pilot light, be sure it’s lit. If it’s gone out, carefully relight it or call for professional help if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself. A pilot light that won’t stay lit may need to be cleaned or it may indicate that you need a new thermocouple.
Track Down Radiator Noises
Noisy radiators could indicate air trapped in the system that’s interfering with heat transfer from the boiler into your home. Some radiators have bleeder valves that will let you bleed air from the system. Remember that you’re dealing with hot water and high pressures, so don’t attempt any repairs you’re not sure you can do safely.
Call us at Indoor Solutions, Inc. for boiler troubleshooting and repairs at your home in the Lee County area.
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