Troubleshooting Your Boiler Woes: Expert Solutions and Quick Fixes

Boiler Troubleshooting

Your boiler, which is vital for heating, can occasionally encounter issues despite regular maintenance. Problems like a complete breakdown, uneven heating, a pilot light that won’t stay on, or eerie noises reminiscent of a horror movie’s castle basement can arise.

Here’s a guide from Mark Lindsay and Son to common boiler issues, emphasizing the need to involve your West Milford HVAC provider for resolution. Keep reading to learn more, or give us a call today!

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Boiler Is Heating, But No Hot Water 

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Your boiler should provide both heat and hot water. If it only produces hot water, something’s wrong. First, check your thermostat settings. Ensure they’re correct. If that’s fine, check the boiler’s pressure; if it’s too low, your heat won’t work. Adjusting boiler pressure is possible, but it’s safer to have your heating contractor handle it. If these factors seem okay, there might be a malfunction, like a broken diaphragm or airlock. For combination boilers, a stuck diverter valve could cause issues. Regardless, contact your heating contractor for a fix.

No Heat or Hot Water 

If your boiler isn’t providing heat or hot water, prompt repair is crucial. Several reasons could cause this:

  • Insufficient fuel supply for gas or oil boilers
  • Incorrect thermostat settings
  • Frozen condensate pipe on a high efficiency boiler
  • Boiler pressure outside the manufacturer’s specifications
  • Extinguished pilot light in older boilers

Why Is My Boiler Leaking? 

Leaks are serious and require immediate attention. Turn off the heat and water supply before inspecting. Common causes include broken internal components or issues with pressure valves, pump seals, pipes, or tank corrosion. Contact your heating contractor urgently to rectify the issue.

What Is Boiler ‘Kettling’?

A kettle-like noise from your boiler may signal scale or sludge buildup in the heat exchanger. This issue, causing overheating and increased wear, requires attention from your heating contractor, especially in areas with hard water.

Why Is My Boiler Making Noise?

Various sounds from your boiler, such as banging, clanking, buzzing, humming, or gurgling, can indicate different issues. Loose components, debris, failing electrical parts, or excess air in pipes could be culprits. Your heating contractor can diagnose and resolve these noises, ensuring optimal boiler functionality.

Remember, while some DIY checks are possible, contacting your HVAC provider is crucial for accurate diagnosis and safe resolution of boiler problems.

New Jersey Boiler Pros Are Here to Help!

Should you encounter any of these boiler issues or require professional assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us at Mark Lindsay and Son, Heating & Plumbing, where our experts are ready to address all your HVAC needs. Contact us today for swift and reliable solutions, ensuring your home stays warm and comfortable throughout the year.

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