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Repairing Your Malfunctioning Boiler

by Yolanda White

Boiler malfunctions can quickly create significant heating and safety problems for your home. Unfortunately, many different issues could impact your boiler, and you may not be fully prepared for the range of issues you must be ready to address. Otherwise, you may be unable to respond effectively when your boiler suffers problems during the winter.

Damaged Pressure Valves

Pressure valves play a pivotal role in ensuring that your boiler operates optimally. They work by regulating and maintaining the pressure within the boiler system to prevent any dangerous pressure buildups. However, when these pressure valves become damaged, the boiler may experience a possible explosion or other significant problems.

Several symptoms indicate that your boiler's pressure valve might be damaged. One sign is when the valve fails to open or close as it should, causing the pressure to stay consistently high or low. Additionally, if you notice the pressure relief valve leaks, this could signal an issue requiring immediate attention.

Inconsistent Pilot Light

The pilot light serves as a vital component within your boiler system. It is responsible for igniting the burners when heat is needed and maintaining a stable flame to ensure efficient combustion. If the pilot light fails or becomes extinguished, it can result in your boiler failing to produce heat.

Various signs may suggest that your pilot light is malfunctioning. A common sign is when the pilot light fails to ignite or keep a stable flame, which can be due to several factors, such as dirt buildup, a weak thermocouple, or a faulty ignition system. In some cases, if you notice that the pilot light's color appears yellow or orange rather than blue, this could signify an issue with the burner's combustion process. While this may seem minor, the change in flame color could indicate carbon monoxide is being produced at an elevated rate.

Cracked Heat Exchanger

A heat exchanger is an integral part of any boiler system because it transfers heat from the combustion process to the water circulating throughout your home's radiators. Consequently, this component's proper functioning is crucial to maintaining a comfortable temperature within your living space.

Neglecting a cracked heat exchanger within your boiler can pose serious risks, including exposure to harmful gases such as carbon monoxide. To avoid these dangers, it is crucial to routinely inspect your heat exchanger for any signs of wear or deterioration. Common indicators of a damaged heat exchanger can vary depending on the system and the severity of the crack. In extreme cases, you may notice a burning odor or a sudden increase in the noise from the boiler.

Contact a professional for more information about boiler repair