5 Common Boiler Problems

December 17, 2019

5 Common Boiler ProblemsAlthough boiler problems can occur any time of year, they’re most likely to pop up after your boiler has been idle for a long time, such as at the end of summer. In the heating and cooling world, boilers have a reputation for being very dependable, but even the sturdiest boiler can experience performance issues. Boilers aren’t easy to fix on your own, so we recommend leaving repairs to the experts at CSL Climate Control Company in Wheeling, IL.

Keep an eye out for these common boiler problems.

1. Inconsistent Heat and Hot Water

If your boiler stops making heat and hot water or only does it infrequently, it could be due to low water levels, a faulty thermostat, or unreliable motorized valves. Check the thermostat and boiler pressure to see if anything is amiss. If one of these is the culprit, it’s easy enough to fix at home by re-pressurizing your boiler or freshening up the thermostat batteries.

2. Boiler Keeps Turning Itself Off

Your boiler should run on cycles long enough to adequately heat your home’s air and water. If the boiler switches off prematurely, it reduces the system’s ability to do its job properly. A variety of issues can cause a boiler to switch off, including low water flow or improper circulation of water due to a closed valve.

3. Kettling

Kettling describes the sound of water boiling inside a tea kettle. When a boiler kettles, it’s not getting ready to make you a piping hot cup of tea. In fact, it’s indicative of limescale or sludge building up in the heat exchanger. Our technician will flush out the system to remove built-up minerals and revitalize the heat exchanger.

4. Low Boiler Pressure

When the boiler pressure is too low, the central heating system can’t work properly. Although low boiler pressure can be caused by several things, a leak in the system is the most common. Take a look for signs of leaks to confirm that this is indeed the case.

5. Inaccurate Thermostat

What appears to be a boiler problem at first glance could actually be a thermostat problem. Make sure it’s turned on and has fresh batteries. Sometimes, thermostats lose accuracy overtime or being to malfunction. If this is the case, you’ll need to have a new one installed.

Chicago Suburbs’ Heating & Cooling Experts

Here at CSL Climate Control Company, we can fix these common boiler problems and more. Our certified technicians are available for 24/7 emergency repairs in Wheeling and the northwest suburbs of Chicago. We offer top-notch heating, cooling, and air quality services to keep your home comfortable for many winters to come.

Call us today to schedule service.

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