If you use a boiler for your home and notice any kind of problem with it, you need to get it repaired immediately. If you live in a cold region, your boiler works overtime during the cold months and this means it could break down completely when it is below freezing outside. If you get regular maintenance and repair problems as soon as they happen your boiler will last much longer for you, so you won't have to worry about your home getting too cold. Below is how you should maintain the boiler and two common problems you may have with the boiler.
Even though it is important to have your boiler professionally maintained there are still some maintenance steps you can do on your own. First, inspect the vent connection pipe for your boiler. Make sure there is no kind of deterioration, such as cracks or holes. Check the seals also to make sure no seal has deteriorated.
Inspect the heat exchange to ensure there is no water leakage. If you see water leakage, you will notice your home is not as warm as it usually is.
Check the blower for any corrosion, built on sediment, and dust on the surface. If you see any of these things use a wet rag to wipe the blower down. If this does not get everything off contact a boiler company abut what you can use to clean the blower.
Two Common Boiler Problems
Your boiler can have many problems during its lifetime. Two common problems you may find include:
Boiler Powers Off
If your boiler is powering off on its own, this can be due to many different things. For example, there could be a problem with the thermostat or the water pressure may be too low. The pump could be faulty, or the condensate pipe may be frozen.
A boiler technician will bleed the boiler first to remove air that may be trapped in the system. They can increase the water pressure for you and if the condensate pipe is frozen the contractor can thaw it out for you using special tools.
Pilot Light Going Out
If the pilot light keeps going out on your boiler this can be due to two things. One, the seals inside the thermocouple may be bad. If so, the contractor will replace these seals and the pilot light should stay on.
If the seals are in good condition, the problem is likely with the thermocouple. To repair this the boiler contractor can replace the thermocouple with a new one.
If the contractor finds that your boiler is very old and has lots of problems, they will likely suggest that you replace it with a brand new one. If so, they can go over the different types with you to help you choose the new boiler installation that would work best for your home.