If you need boiler repair in your Fort Worth home, then now is the time to make an appointment! Winter is peeking in and the last thing you want is for your boiler to break down in the middle of the cold winter temperatures. Even though it is still fall, the temperatures are quickly dropping and you will soon be depending on your heating system.
There are a few things to investigate first to determine if you need boiler repair. Some of the first signs of a problem are visible leaks. This could mean that you have some old connections in your transition pipes or that the seals have broken down over the years. Leaks are, unfortunately, a fairly frequent occurrence, but they are not devastating unless you let them go for long periods of time. Leaks left unattended for a long time, however, can cause a loss of pressure in your boiler
and structural damage to your home. They can also lead to mold growth, so it is imperative that your broiler is checked for leaks and that any leaks found are taken care of quickly.
Boilers are also often the source for people’s superstitions. The pipes of your boiler run through walls into radiators, which then cool down the water and send them back through return pipes to your boiler. When you have air in the system, you start getting whistling or banging noises that sound a lot like Jacob Marley’s ghost from A Christmas Carol. We can actually suppose that these noises were also present in hotels or homes, which may have contributed to (or inspired) novels like The Shining or The Entity.
A good preemptive measure to take to keep your boiler from knocking in the night is to make sure that lines have been “bled,” or purged of excess air, and that the water supply to your boiler is operational. The contents of the boiler are under pressure, so it needs to remain full at all times, even though it reuses most of its water after individual room units return it.
With that last example, you might also suppose that strange noises are your best defense to boiler repair. A strange rumbling noise can occur when lime builds up on your heat exchanger. But, other than those issues, your boiler is a relatively quiet system and you may not even know it is on unless you feel the heat coming off the radiator.
The uninhibited free flow of water is most desirable for a boiler system. The pipes need to be able to freely flow with the heated water. If they cannot, then you have an issue that can make your system work harder to get heat throughout your home.
If your pipework is corroded, then that means they have developed sludge that is inhibiting the free flow of water. The radiators in these cases will not get hot, or just not hot enough to properly heat the room. In these cases, you definitely want to get a boiler repair professional out to take care of these corroded pipes and connectors.
If your boiler system is losing pressure, the issue could be with your condensate pipe. This may be a result of a clog, but in most cases it is a frozen pipe that needs to be thawed. Again, a boiler repair professional needs to handle this situation. There are many situations where you may feel like you can do-it-yourself, but that can be both dangerous and expensive. Expensive because other problems can arise if the situation is not handled properly.
There are also situations where the boiler may keep switching itself off. The first thing you may think of is that the thermostat is off, but if it reads a lower temperature than you have it set to warm up to, then that is indicative of a mechanical issue.
Most boilers will automatically shut themselves off when the tank itself is not full. This means there is a loss of pressure and you do not have enough water. Water is supposed to be automatically supplied to the tank, but sometimes the valve gets shut off. You may not realize that you have the valve shut off for a long time after you actually did it because your boiler mostly uses recycled water from the radiators. But, over time, that water evaporates and gets low, leaving the pressure in
you tank low. Check the supply valve first.
Boiler repair is best handled by a licensed professional. Make sure your system is in order now, before the really cold temperatures set in.