Most Long Island homes are heated by boilers. They are a good choice of heating system because they're quiet, provide consistent heating, generally require less maintenance than a furnace, and are usually more energy efficient as well.
However, like any system, they do occasionally show signs of age or wear and tear that require repairs or replacement to get the heat going and keep your house cozy. But how can you tell when you need boiler repair? And how do they function, anyway?
This guide will cover seven symptoms that indicate your heating system is in desperate need of attention from the experienced boiler technicians at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Central Long Island. If you've noticed some of the problems listed below occurring in your home, you can rely on us to take care of repairs quickly and efficiently.
What Is a Boiler and How Does It Work?
Boilers use a burner, which can be powered by gas, oil, or electricity, to heat water and turn it into steam. Then, the steam is pushed through pipes into radiators, which (as the name would suggest) radiate heat to warm the room. The steam can also be used to raise the temperature of pipes in the wall or floor to warm a room.
They usually operate on a closed-loop system, meaning that they reuse the same water over and over again. When the steam is cooling, it returns to the unit and condenses into water, which is then reheated again to create more steam. Because boilers don't use blowers to move air the way a forced-air heating system does, they're much quieter and don't stir up dust that can aggravate allergies.
Warning Signs That Boiler Repair is Needed
Wondering if your system needs some maintenance, or might even be past its expiration date? These seven signs are a strong indication that something is wrong and you need repair services from a professional to get your heating system functioning properly again.
1. No Heat
If you have no heat in your house, you're well-aware that you've got an issue on your hands. There's a wide range of potential problems that could have caused your system to stop working altogether, depending on the type of boiler system, but the heating elements might be the issue. It's also possible it's something outside the actual unit, like a broken thermostat. Our qualified heating technicians will perform a thorough check of the system and track the problem to its source so we can repair it.
2. Foul Odors
Bad smells coming from your unit are a serious problem that needs to be addressed immediately for the safety of your home and family. If an electric-powered system smells like burning plastic or metal, it could be an issue with the circuits. If it's a gas boiler that smells sulfurous, like rotten eggs, it could be a gas leak. In that event, shut off the gas before you do anything else, and leave the house right away if your carbon monoxide detector goes off or you start to feel ill.
3. Strange Noises
We mentioned that boilers are the quietest type of heating unit, but that perk doesn't apply to a kettling boiler. Loud banging or rumbling noises from inside the system can indicate that hard water mineral deposits have changed the pressure inside the tank and it's struggling to function. It could also mean there's air in the system or a failing pump. Regardless, it needs to be looked at right away because it'll only get worse and worse until it causes more serious damage.
There shouldn't be any way for water to escape from a well-maintained, fully functioning system, so if you notice signs of a boiler leak such as rust on the outside or actual puddles of water forming near the unit, there's a big problem. It can't operate without sufficient water, so leaks need to be repaired and water should be replaced quickly, before the system incurs damage that can't be fixed. Otherwise, the entire system might have to be replaced.
5. Increased Energy Bill
Have you noticed that your energy costs have increased, even though your usage hasn't changed? There are lots of factors around your home that could contribute to that, but your boiler should be a prime suspect. If it's struggling to heat your home for some reason, it could be using a lot more energy than it did previously, causing your bill to skyrocket.
6. Poor Heating Performance
While this isn't quite as bad as no heat at all, it's still not good. Poor heating performance could mean that it's taking a long time to heat your house, or it never gets up to the temperature you've set on the thermostat. It could also mean that one room is boiling hot while another is glacially cold. None of these problems are normal or acceptable, and your boiler needs help to get back up to full power.
7. Boiler Keeps Turning Off
Does your system keep shutting itself down? There are many things that can cause this problem, including pilot troubles, low water pressure, thermostat issues, poor circulation, or a closed water valve. Whatever the problem is, just turning it back on repeatedly isn't going to fix it. Our boiler experts will be able to figure out what's going on and repair it efficiently.
Rely on Mr. Rooter for Expert Boiler Repair Services in Central Long Island
Whether you're in Ronkonkoma or a nearby area such as Hauppauge, Holbrook, or Centereach, you can count on quality workmanship and excellent customer service from the boiler repair technicians at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Central Long Island. We're available 24 hours per day for emergency servicing, and we always prioritize customer satisfaction.