5 Signs That Indicate You Need Boiler Repair Or Replacement

A boiler is an essential appliance, and when it stops working, your entire family can be uncomfortable. That's why it's important to notice early signs that your boiler might need to be repaired or replaced. Here are some things that may signal that a visit from a professional is in order:

Pilot Light Keeps Going Out

Initially, you might think a pilot light that keeps going out means that there is a draft of some kind. However, if your pilot light has this problem on a regular basis, it very well may be that there is another problem.

For instance, it is possible that there is a loose connection that makes it difficult for the light to stay lit. It might also be that there is sediment buildup that needs to be cleaned out by a professional.  

Water Doesn't Get Hot Enough

If you're always wondering why the water isn't as hot as you would like, that is a sign that something is amiss. The boiler's diverter may need to be replaced. You may also need repairs if you notice that the water goes from hot to cold to hot again.

Odd Noises

Strange noises like hissing and popping coming from inside your boiler are not normal, although they may have been going on so long that you think they are. Noises can mean that the boiler is having trouble distributing water evenly or having another malfunction. Noises are a definite sign that something is amiss and you might need a new boiler.

Rising Costs

If you open your heating bill and find a drastic rise in costs, your boiler may be to blame, particularly if you have an older model. Older models tend to run less efficiently than newer models, and over time the boiler can accumulate grime and sediment that makes the boiler work harder and use more energy to do its job--which results in higher bills for you.

Constant Repairs

If it seems like you are always having to get something fixed, or you have to reset your boiler constantly, you may want to start thinking about replacing your boiler. Your boiler shouldn't need constant attention from you to function properly, and it is only a matter of time before it stops working for good.

Now that you know what you should be looking out for, you may be able to avoid getting stuck with a boiler that stops working. Consult a local contractor who can help you install a new boiler before the old one stops working, so that you and your family aren't inconvenienced. Talk to a company like Reagan-Riter Boiler Works Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.