Most U.S. homes are heated with either furnaces or boilers. As the temperature starts to drop our natural tendency is to consider if our homes are ready to handle the next heating season.
This article/guide is specifically geared toward the homeowner looking for more information on residential boiler systems; common boiler fixes, features, considerations before a new purchase, energy efficient upgrades and top brands.
Since half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling (according to Energy Star), making smart decisions about your home’s heating system can have an effect on your utility bills.
And let’s not forget your comfort.
Now is the ideal time to check your boiler and make sure it is working properly. If it isn’t, or if it is getting old, you might consider purchasing one of the newer boilers on the market. Thinking about getting a residential boiler system in Colorado, Lakewood Plumbing is the best at boilers in the Lakewood Area!
Residential Boilers Tips
1. Check Your Pilot Light
The problem could be as simple as a draft blowing the pilot out. Or it could be debris clogging the gas delivery nozzle. Checking the pilot light is a consideration if you have either a hot water or steam boiler.
2. Investigate Loss of Pressure
This commonly occurs because of a water leak somewhere in the system. However, the cause could also be due to a faulty pressure relief valve. In order to determine the cause, it’s best to contact a professional who will be able to pinpoint and repair the problem quicker than you can on your own.
In the case of the steam boiler, you can check the water level at the site glass. The site glass should be filled up 3/4 of the way.
3. Could You Have a Faulty Thermostat?
Thermostat issues are exactly as they sound. If yours is inaccurate or is not operating properly then you must replace it. This is something that you can typically replace on your own.
4. Is There a Deep Rumbling Coming From the Boiler?
The noise you hear is called – Kettling. Not the best sign for the health of your boiler. Probably at the top of the list of the most common problems with boilers is limescale buildup within the boiler’s heat exchanger. Cleaning the system will take care of that problem. Probably best to call a professional to “err” on the side of caution.
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