Regardless of what time of year it is, having your boiler stop working on you is one of the last things you need. You don’t want to be stuck with a non-working component in the middle of winter, which is why it is important that you have your system checked out by a professional on a regular basis. Some of the common problems that you need to look at are outlined below.
Are you suffering with boiler problems? If your boiler isn’t doing its job to heat your home in the manner intended, something as simple as not having adequate water levels or a malfunctioning pilot light might be to blame.
Does the unit still have power going to it? Fuses or circuit breakers controlling the system might have been tripped or blow. Take a look at the box and reset or replace parts as needed.
What is the water level in the system? If your unit currently has an automatic filling system, the pressure valve should stay anywhere between 12-15 psi by ensuring the water levels are at least at half full, if not higher. For units that don’t have this valve, you can easily add water into the system manually by opening the water valve until the pressure has reached at least 12 psi or above.
Is the pilot light still on? If your pilot goes out, you will need to relight it to get it going again.
Make sure the thermostat is in the heating position. If your thermostat isn’t properly set, you are going to have to go into it and change the settings to select the desired temperature of your home.
Did problems happen slowly over the course of time? If so, it might be that you have a large amount of minerals built up inside of the system or the heat exchanger. In these instances, you will want to bring in a service technician to come out and flush the minerals out of your system.
Have you noticed water leaking around your system? If there is an abundance of water around the system, you might have a faulty pump, leaky pipe connection or the pressure relief valve might be bad. If you notice water at the base of the system, a service technician will be able to figure out what the best solution is for your unit.
Do you notice heat coming from the baseboard? You might have an excessive amount of air stuck in the heat pipes. Open the radiator valve located at the top of the unit to get rid of the excess air. Once water begins squirting from the radiator, you can close the valve.