Boilers warm up a home using radiant heat, transferring warm water to a radiator or to a set of pipes located underneath the floorboards. Many people prefer boilers to furnaces for whole-home heating, as furnaces use convection heat and may not provide the same level of evenly distributed, efficient heating as a boiler does. Furthermore, boilers have a reputation for durability, and they often do not need too many repairs over time.
However, few heating systems go without repair at least once before they need replacement. Repairs should be made as soon as you notice a problem, to prevent concerns such as energy loss, water leaks in your home, no heating, or a premature breakdown. To make sure your system lives out its days in top condition, look out for the following repair needs and call a technician at the first sign of trouble.
- No Heat: When you feel no heat at all in your home, it’s definitely time to call a technician. But even if you only feel limited heating, or heat in only some areas of the home, it could indicate major damage to the unit. You may have a broken pump, the part responsible for moving hot water to your home. Another cause for insufficient heat is a problem with the thermostat that senses the level of heat in the tank.
- Water Leaks: If water leaks from your boiler, it may damage the foundation of your home or cause mold and mildew to develop. Trained technicians know how to address leaks at any component of your boiler, whether you have loose bolts or need a replacement part, like a new pressure relief valve. In some cases, water leaks indicate serious corrosion or damage that may indicate your boiler is simply too old to go on.
- Unusual Noises: Your boiler may make noises for any number of reasons. Sediment can build up in the bottom of the tank, causing a banging or rattling noise. Or pump failure could lead to a strange grinding noise.
When you notice anything unusual from your home heating system, it’s a good indication that you need heating repair as soon as possible. Call Switzerland Air when you’re in need of quality boiler repair service in Freeport, TX.