10 Common Boiler Problems to Watch for

Homeowners should be vigilant about their boilers to ensure they operate efficiently and safely. Here are some things to watch out for:

1. Strange Noises

Banging or Clunking Sounds:

This could indicate a buildup of sediment or air in the system, or it may signal a problem with the burner.

2. Pilot Light Issues

Flickering or Yellow Pilot Light:

This might suggest incomplete combustion, which could lead to the production of carbon monoxide. A steady blue flame is ideal.

Extinction of the Pilot Light:

If the pilot light keeps going out, it could be due to a faulty thermocouple, gas supply issues, or other issues that need attention.

3. Leaks

Water Around the Boiler:

Leaks can cause damage to the system and surrounding areas. Address any leaks promptly to prevent further damage.

4. Pressure Problems

Low Pressure:

Check the boiler pressure gauge regularly. Low pressure can lead to inefficiency and even boiler shutdown.

5. Efficiency Issues

Increased Energy Bills:

A sudden spike in energy costs may indicate that the boiler is not operating as efficiently as it should. Regular maintenance can help address this

6. Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection

Install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector near the boiler to ensure early detection of any leaks. CO is a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly.

7. Age of the Boiler

Boilers have a lifespan, and an older boiler may become less efficient and more prone to breakdowns. Consider replacement if the boiler is nearing the end of its expected life.

8. Regular Maintenance

Schedule regular professional inspections and maintenance to keep the boiler in good condition. This can help identify and address potential issues before they become serious.

9. Thermostat Problems

If the thermostat is not working correctly, it can lead to temperature fluctuations and increased energy consumption. Ensure that the thermostat is set correctly and consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat for better control.

10. Radiators Not Heating Properly

If certain radiators are not heating up as they should, there may be air trapped in the system or other circulation issues.

Remember, safety is a top priority when dealing with boilers. If you’re unsure about anything or if you notice any of the above issues, it’s recommended to contact a qualified heating engineer or boiler service professional for assistance.

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When to Call an Emergency Plumber

Do you know which problems are considered a plumbing emergency? Essentially, anytime you have a plumbing issue that severely disrupts your day-to-day routine, it would be categorized as an emergency, and you should call a plumber to repair the problem as soon as possible. Here are some of the most common emergency plumbing jobs that we see regularly.

Burst Pipes

If a pipe breaks in your home, the first thing you should do is turn off the water main to reduce the amount of water damage you have to deal with. The second thing you should do is call an emergency plumber. While you wait for your plumber to arrive, clean up as much water as you can and set up a bucket to catch any water that is still leaking out of the pipe. Pipes can rupture for a number of reasons, including freezing, high water pressure, and breaking down due to age.

Severely Clogged Drains

When you have tried everything to unblock your drain, and it’s still clogged, it’s time to call in the professionals. A blocked drain that you can’t use can severely disrupt your household, so it is considered a plumbing emergency. Having your drains professionally cleaned periodically can help to prevent clogged drains.

Water is Overflowing

If you have water overflowing anywhere in your home, call an emergency plumber immediately. We sometimes see this happen if sinks are backing up and water keeps rising. If this is happening, try to keep calm and shut off the water if possible. If you live in an apartment and cannot shut off water to your sink, grab a bucket and bail out water from the sink into the shower (or bath) to keep it from flowing onto the floor and causing more damage.

Your Heating System Stops Working

A functioning heating system is essential during the cold months. If you wake up to find your home has no heat during the winter, it severely impacts the comfort of your household and can even pose a safety risk. Call in the professionals at JJ&A Mechanical to identify and fix the problem and get your heating system up and running again.

You Have No Hot Water

Hot water is necessary for many daily activities, including showering, doing dishes, and laundry. If your water heater stops working, call in an emergency plumber to find the problem and recommend a solution. A lack of hot water could be the result of a number of things, and you may just need a simple fix, or it could be an indicator that it’s time to replace your water heater.

Got a plumbing emergency? JJ&A Mechanical is proud to provide customers with 24/7 support for emergency jobs. Call us anytime, day or night, at 778-926-6539.

We’re also available for all your non-emergency plumbing repair, maintenance, and installation needs.