There are a lot of reasons to use a boiler to heat your home. Unlike forced air heating systems, you won’t have to worry about issues with air leaks reducing efficiency or causing indoor air quality problems. Boilers also last a long time, and have few repair needs due to having a small number of moving parts. This is not to say that boilers are 100% problem free, though. All mechanical systems encounter operational problems from time to time, and you’ll need boiler repairs in Arlington, VA eventually. Here are some warning signs to look out for:
Natural Gas Odor in Your Home
If you are running your gas boiler to warm your home up, and you can smell the sulfuric odor of natural gas in your home, you could have a potentially dangerous problem on your hands. That rotten egg odor is actually an additive to the natural gas, and it is intended to help homeowners recognize a gas leak. If you smell it in your home, shut off the heater and exit your house. Contact the appropriate authorities when you are in a safe spot. If boiler repairs must be completed to resolve the problem, we can handle them.
Signs of Rust, Corrosion, or Water Staining/Damage
A boiler does not heat air the way that a furnace does, obviously. Instead, it heats water to distribute heat throughout your home. If you notice water around the base of your boiler, rust or corrosion on the boiler itself, or signs of water damage in the vicinity of the heat distribution system, your boiler may be leaking. This will waste energy and puts your home at serious risk of damage, so dial our number if you suspect a problem.
A Spike in Operating Costs
As mentioned above, the efficiency with which boilers work is a major selling point. If you find that your boiler is failing to heat your home as efficiently as it once did, let us know. Just because your boiler is running does not mean that it is in prime working condition. We’ll figure out what is behind the drop in energy efficiency, and we’ll get your boiler back on track with exceptional repair services.
Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. can handle any boiler services that you may need.