Your boiler is one of the most important appliances in your building, even though it’s usually out of sight and out of mind. Having hot water is essential for showering, bathing, cooking, cleaning, heating, and for many other things that you do on a daily basis, and when your boiler breaks down it can be a huge inconvenience. It can also result in costly repairs, so it’s wise to be aware of the signs that your boiler needs maintenance. Here are four of the most common signs that you should call your HVAC technician for boiler maintenance

No More Heat 

If your building takes a very long time to heat up, or it never seems to get warm, there’s probably something wrong with your boiler. A functioning heating system is necessary to keep your tenants or your employees warm, and if your boiler breaks it means the temperature inside your building might be unsuitable. So if you’re turning up the heat and the temperature isn’t changing, or if your building takes longer than usual to warm up, call your HVAC technician for a proper inspection. 

You Smell A Really Bad Odor 

When there’s a lack of oxygen and your boiler doesn’t burn fuel completely, it produces carbon monoxide gas, which can be deadly. If you notice a bad odor when your heating system is turned on, turn it off, evacuate your building, and call an HVAC technician immediately. A really bad odor can be a sign of a carbon monoxide leak, which can result in headaches, breathing problems, nausea, and even death. Shut down your heating system and call a professional if you smell something that seems off. 

Water Is Leaking 

Although some people think that the small, occasional leak from their boiler is normal, this isn’t true. We recommend that you regularly check around the base of your boiler for any signs of a leak, like tiny puddles of water, moisture, or condensation. Leaks in your boiler can lead to serious problems, including mold, structural damage and destruction to the surrounding areas. Even a tiny leak can cause extensive damage, so call your HVAC technician if you notice water leaking from your boiler.

You Hear Strange Noises

Your boiler is a quiet appliance, which contributes to it being out of sight and out of mind. Malfunctioning boilers sometimes make strange noises, so if you hear whirring, banging or clanking sounds coming from your boiler, this is indicative of a worn down pump or fan. If the noises you’re hearing sound more like a gurgling or a whistling, it probably means that the water pressure is too low or that your boiler is kettling. Kettling is a term to describe what happens when debris becomes trapped in the heat exchanger, and the water starts to boil and steam, similar to a kettle. 

While it is possible to diagnose boiler problems yourself, we always recommend speaking with an experienced HVAC technician to be certain. Investing in regularly scheduled boiler maintenance is a great way to keep your hot water heater running smoothly and operating as efficiently as possible. Don’t wait until your boiler breaks down and causes a huge inconvenience, not to mention an expensive repair bill. 

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