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3 Most Common Winter Boiler Repairs


Winter rolls around, we all hit snooze because we don’t want to get out of our warm beds, and we all take warm showers. But what happens when you turn on that shower and can’t step in because the water is as cold as ice? What happens when your boiler is so noisy that it disrupts your day-to-day life?

Boiler repair in winter isn’t uncommon. If you’re experiencing issues with your boiler, they could be signs of a potential full system breakdown in the near future. Your boiler is one of the reasons you stay comfortable through the winter, so let’s help you figure out what the most common repairs are and if you need boiler repair today.

Your Boiler Is So Noisy!

If you’ve ever heard a tea kettle whistle when the water is boiling, you may recognize a certain sound coming out of your boiler. This is commonly referred to as kettling, which is when lime runs through your system and causes a wailing noise.

Your boiler technician can try to flush the system and see if there’s a buildup of lime somewhere inside, although there is a chance that it’s in your heat exchanger. When this rusts, lime and rust can flow through the system to create that noise. It’s a sign for a maintenance call at the very least.

There’s No Hot Water at All

Your boiler is supposed to give you hot water. What gives? Well, as it turns out, this is usually a sign of extensive repair. You may need an entirely new circulator pump, an ignitor, or a relay switch. Each of these components is integral to your boiler operation.

None of these are DIY-friendly fixes. They require working knowledge, understanding of proper safety protocol, and experience to properly diagnose and repair. Once your boiler stops producing any hot water, it’s anybody’s guess as to what’s wrong until a professional can inspect your boiler further.

Constant, Unprompted Boiler Shutdowns

Your boiler decides to just turn off over and over again, and it leaves you without hot water multiple times per week (or day). It’s still heating water, so you don’t have the second problem in our list here, but you’re headed in that direction.

When your boiler is spotty on providing you with hot water, it could be a few different things. Condensation build-up could be blocking your pipes, or those pipes could be freezing completely and preventing hot water from coming through in the first place.

After a pipe inspection where you make sure there are no blockages or leaks, you can insulate your pipes to prevent freezing in the future (in most cases, but it’s still a possibility).

Your Boiler Can’t Wait

Whether it’s too loud or simply not giving you the amount of hot water you need, it’s not an issue that should wait. You need to contact a repair technician as soon as possible and return normalcy to your household before it becomes an enormous problem.

Contact us today to schedule a repair or maintenance call for your boiler today. Don’t let it bother you all winter long.

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