When it comes to turning on our central heating system, we don’t think much of it. Just turn it on and enjoy the heat. But when our boiler decides to stop working, it can put us on a path of cold and misery! This is especially true in cold winter months when boilers are, unfortunately, the most likely to break down. The good news is most boiler problems can be solved without the need to call a heating engineer. But if ever in doubt, it’s best to call in the professionals. And if you are in need of help, Denver Residential Boiler Repair by Torreys Peak Mechanical is the most honest, professional, and affordable in the area. But let’s talk about what we all want to know – common boiler problems.
Problem #1: My boiler just isn’t working!
There are many problems that can go on with a boiler. Sometimes it can cut in and out, sometimes it won’t heat water, and sometimes it stops working altogether. Unfortunately, if there is no sign of life on your boiler it is rendered basically useless. What do we mean by no sign of life? No fire up, no digital screen display – nothing! So what should you do?
First, let’s check that this is actually a boiler problem. Check to see if other appliances are working. Sometimes what seems like a dead boiler is actually a tripped electrical switch.
If you determine that it is, in fact, a boiler problem, the next step is to look at the pressure gauge. If falling below 1, it needs to be topped up. You can learn how to do this through your instruction manual.
Still no sign of life? Attempt a reset. Again, check the manual for instructions. If this doesn’t work, it may be time to call in the big boys.
Problem #2: My boiler is cutting out.
Sometimes a boiler doesn’t completely die, it just cuts in and out. Remember that pressure gauge we talked about above? Well, it’s time to check that again. If falling below 1, open up the instruction manual and use it to help you refill.
Not the cause? There are many other things that can also cause a boiler to cut in and out. Here are some other things to check:
- Check heating sources for cold areas – this can be a sign of trapped air. The solution? Bleed the radiators in your home. Simple instructions can be found online.
- Check for a broken thermostat. The solution? Repair or replace.
- Check for a frozen pipe. If this is the case, you will probably hear strange noises.
Still haven’t found the problem? You may have a faulty pump. If this is the case, you will probably need Denver Residential Boiler Repair – call Torreys Peak Mechanical for help!
Problem #3: My boiler is not working on Central Heating
Is your boiler heating water but not turning on the central heating? This could be a thermostat problem. If your thermostat seems to be working properly, try increasing the temperature. Many boilers will not kick on unless a room is over 21 degrees. If this doesn’t work, check to make sure that the heating functions on your boiler have not been accidentally deactivated.
Still not working? It’s time for the professionals again. You may have faulty motorized diverter valve.
Problem #4: My boiler seems way too noisy
Here’s the truth – you’re going to hear your boiler no matter what you do. There is no such thing as a silent boiler. So if it is making a low humming sound – don’t panic – that just means it’s working! You’ll also notice that boilers, especially the tankless kind, ‘rev up’ when you turn on the faucet. Again, that’s normal. But if your boiler is keeping you awake a night, you could have a problem. There are two sounds in particular that are of extra concern: whistling and gurgling. Whistling is usually a sign of trapped air. Try bleeding your radiators to remove it. Gurgling, on the other hand, is usually a sign of a frozen pipe. You will want to have this dealt with immediately as frozen pipes can lead to a lot more problems than just boiler functioning.
Problem #5: My boiler is not heating water
When it comes to Denver Residential Boiler repair, a boiler will sometimes supply central heating, but will not heat water. Thankfully, many of the causes of this can be rectified at home.
1: Check the thermostat. Is it set high enough?
2: Check for frozen pipes.
3: Check to see that the timer on your boiler is set to the proper time.
4: If powered by gas, check the pilot light. If it’s not bright blue, you may need to call in some professional help.
5: If you have a more modern boiler, attempt a reset.
Still no luck? Again this could be a motorized diverter valve problem and will require professional help.
As you can see, there are many boiler problems that can be safely handled at home. Having said that, boilers can be complex and, in worst case scenarios, do require professional help. If you are not familiar with what you are doing, you should never attempt any DIY repairs. Doing so can be dangerous and, if done improperly, can cause even more damage.
So what can you do? Call for Denver Residential Boiler Repair by Torreys Peak Mechanical. Torreys Peak Mechanical has over 30 years of experience in the heating and cooling service industry, both residential and commercial. We put customer satisfaction as our top priority, meaning we can guarantee professionalism, honesty, quality, and affordability. If you are having trouble with your boiler, call Torreys Peak Mechanical today. Depending on the problem, we may be able to recommend some quick fixes that you can do yourself. But we’re also happy to stop by and help you first hand. Just give us a call and see what we can do!