The last thing you want to wake up to is a freezing cold house due to a broken boiler. For the most part, boilers are a reliable way to heat a home or even an entire apartment building. However, wear and tear, insufficient or improper maintenance, and aging of the system can all result in problems. At Maccarone Plumbing, we know how essential your boiler system is in creating comfort in your home. That’s why we are committed to providing quality repairs and replacement for our customers in Long Island and Five Boroughs.
Below we discuss the most common boiler problems, how we solve them, and how you can prevent future issues from developing.
What are Signs Your Boiler Needs Repair?
The most common problems we see in boiler heating systems include:
- Broken thermocouple switch
- Pilot light that won’t stay lit, due to debris or a faulty sensor
- Mineral buildup–this may cause the boiler to “kettle,” or rumble with each cycle of the system
- Air in the system, which causes strange sounds
- Thermostat problems
- Corrosion or sludge buildup in pipes
- Low water pressure
How Can You Prevent Boiler Problems?
Become familiar with the normal operation of your boiler system. Check it periodically for leaks. Listen to it as it works so that you can identify normal sounds from unusual ones. Check the gauges to make sure they are within normal limits. Have a professional inspection performed by a licensed plumber once each year before the onset of winter. An annual servicing of the boiler can identify any potential issues and correct them before they become catastrophic problems.
How Often Should You Maintain Your Boiler?
It’s important to schedule an annual tune-up every fall. After a season of use followed by many months of inactivity, the boiler can lose pressure, fittings can become corroded, and sludge can build up within the pipes. An annual tune-up of the entire heating system can improve the boiler’s efficiency, effectiveness, and overall performance.
What is the Average Lifespan of a Boiler?
The average boiler that operates on gas and is properly maintained will last about 15 years. High quality boilers can last as long as 20 years with proper maintenance. Electric boilers do not last as long; these often need to be replaced after 8 to 10 years.
If your boiler is reaching the end of its life cycle, you may soon be facing the decision of whether to make a repair or replace the entire unit. If repairs cost more than 1/3 the price of a new system, you are better off replacing the boiler. Today’s newest boilers are more energy efficient than boilers that are 10 or 20 years old, so replacement can help you save money on monthly energy bills.
Get ready for winter with professional boiler services! Call us today at (516) 671-3232 to get started.