Boilers can be tricky creatures. They can be a great, no-nonsense alternative to furnaces, but if you don’t keep them in good condition, you’ll need Wheat Ridge boiler repair sooner rather than later. The good news is that Torreys Peak Mechanical’s boiler service is here for you no matter what. So take a look below at some of the most common boiler problems, and what we can do to help you with them!
Common Boiler Problems
If you’re unfamiliar with boilers, well, there are three or four common problems that make up the bulk of our service calls. Let’s take a look at what they are.
My boiler is making strange noises.
Boilers can be noisy. But there’s a big difference between the hum of a healthy boiler and the strange noises that a faulty one can make. There are three different strange noises that a boiler can make. They can give off a high pitched whistle, which is the result of air trapped in the system or what’s called ‘kettling’, which is the result of limescale from hard water. Your boiler can also make low pitched gurgling sounds, which is the result of low pressure. Last but not least, they can make clunking or banging sounds, which indicates that your boiler really is unhappy. If your boiler starts banging, it’s most likely a pump failure, which is bad news.
My boiler isn’t heating water hot enough.
There’s nothing quite as frustrating as enjoying a nice warm shower one minute, and getting frozen half to death the next! First off, make sure that this isn’t an issue with your thermostat or low water levels. If it’s not, then you could have a problem with anything from your pilot light to air in the system, low pressure or your circuit breaker if you have an electronic boiler. Your best option is to call in the cavalry and have a contractor diagnose the problem for you, because it could be almost anything (or even a combination of factors).
My boiler is leaking!
Uh-oh. A leaky boiler is an unhappy boiler, and it’s best not to put off having it repaired. Leaving a pot underneath the leak is great, for now, but you’re making a problem that could be worth less than $100 into one that’ll cost you much more down the line. If your boiler is leaking from its main ‘body’, this is a sign that one of its internal valves or pumps is broken. If it’s leaking from one of its many pipes, the problem could be as simple as an old, leaky seal. Either way, it’s best to have your contractor give your boiler a tune-up to keep it in top condition.
Wheat Ridge Boiler Repair or Replacement?
Here’s a great question. Is it worth paying for Wheat Ridge boiler repair, or just buying a complete replacement? There are arguments for each approach. It depends on what you value most: cost, efficiency, or performance. So what should you opt for?
Wheat Ridge Boiler Repair
- Have you had your boiler for less than ten years? If so, you will probably be able to get at least five more years out of it. You won’t have to replace your boiler for quite some while, so you should stick with what you have.
- Are your heating bills still roughly the same as they have been since you got your boiler (barring price increases from your supplier)? If so, your boiler still has plenty of life left in it.
- Does your boiler not have much problem heating up water/your central heating system? If so, again, your boiler still has plenty of years of use.
- Does your contractor think that all your boiler needs is a fairly simple repair? Well, there’s definitely no need to have it replaced.
- Does your boiler need complex repairs? Specifically, does it cost more to repair your boiler than to replace it? Go ahead and get a new one. There’s no point throwing good money at your boiler now.
- Is your boiler outdated? Maybe it’s less efficient then newer models. If so, the initial spend on a replacement might pale in comparison to the savings you could make on your energy bill.
- Is your boiler the wrong model for your home/family? Let’s say you have a huge water tank in your basement, but it’s just you living alone. You don’t need all that water, and you really don’t need to pay to have that tank full of hot water every day. You’d be better off with a tankless model. The same goes if you have a tankless model for your family of four.
- Would you rather have a furnace than a boiler? That’s always an option.
Picking between Wheat Ridge boiler repair or replacement is fairly simple if you follow the advice above. But if you’re still not sure, all you have to do is give us a call and we’d be happy to help. We even offer free estimates, so one of our expert contractors could come to you, take a look at your home, and let you know what’s best.
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So then: if your boiler is on the fritz and you need someone to fix it, you’re in the right place. Torreys Peak Mechanical offers boiler repair service right here in the Denver area, not to mention help with your AC too. We’ve been going for over 30 years, and we have the reviews and know-how to prove it. Give us a call today to find out more about how we could help you.