Built with relatively simple technology to last many years, boilers usually work well for a long time without failing. They are designed to be taken for granted, so any boiler failure is enough to make you, well, steaming mad. Boiler systems are composed of several parts, which often are best serviced by trained technicians. But knowing some boiler basics and a few troubleshooting steps will help you assess your boiler issues and maybe even save yourself the cost of a service call. In these next few sections, we will discuss some of the basic problems that occur in boilers and their causes.
Leaks & Clogs in Your Pipes
Repeated heating and cooling cycles expand and contract your pipes, eventually leading to deterioration and leaks. Ruptured and clogged pipes are among the most common boiler problems and generally should be handled by professionals. But you can help yourself by looking out for problems and prevent a clogged pipe or small leak from becoming a major headache.
Several different problems may result in water loss from pipes, connections, or the boiler itself. If your boiler behaves oddly, be watchful of drips and dampness. Pipes are sometimes concealed behind walls, so leaks can go undetected for some time. Isolate the source of the leak. A handy property owner may be able to replace a faulty pipe or connection after shutting off the water supply and draining the system.
If you notice rust or corrosion on your pipes, or if your pipes are very old, then you may want to have a piping specialist come to your home and assess whether it is time to replace them. The professionals at Orange Coast Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning specialize in repiping, and routinely install and replace gas and water pipes in old and brand new buildings. You can certainly trust our judgment when it comes to replacing pipes.
A leak is the most likely culprit when your pressure gauge reads low. A faulty pressure relief valve also could be the cause. If you look for a leak, but cannot find one, you may want to call us to check your pressure gauge. If it is working properly, we will find any leaks and give you a competitive estimate for fixing them.
Radiators Not Hot Enough
Accumulated deposits and sludge can constrict water flow through your pipes or boiler. Radiator heat output will decline gradually until you notice the problem. Such blockage requires a boiler flush or chemical cleaning. This is not a small job, and many opt for professional servicing. Orange Coast Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning has experience performing this service for all kinds of boiler systems.
Power & Thermostat
Before calling for professional service, you should see if your boiler problem stems from the power supply or thermostat. These are fairly easy to check, and it would be a waste to have a technician come out just to replace a fuse, flip on a breaker, or adjust your temperature setting. However, if your thermostat is not functioning properly, Orange Coast Plumbing will provide the necessary repairs, or replace it.
If your boiler is experiencing a more complex electrical issue, Orange Coast Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning has the training needed to fix it. If your boiler continues to shut off, or if it’s down and you can’t figure out why, call us. We will identify the faulty electrical component, and repair or replace it.
Call In the Pros at Orange Coast Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning
Because boiler systems feature so many parts, any given symptom like strange noises may have several possible causes, ranging from low water levels to a defective pump. Boiler problems can be tricky to diagnose even for some professionals, and many solutions are not quick fixes. If the basic troubleshooting steps above do not resolve your boiler issues, chances are that you need an experienced and reliable technician to administer a professional inspection or repair.
Orange Coast Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has established itself as a trusted name in servicing heating systems over its four decades serving the residents of Orange County. OCP has earned a sterling reputation over that time, and the Better Business Bureau has awarded us an A+ rating. OCP’s expert technicians are properly vetted with a thorough training program to ensure that they are completely capable of handling any problem with any boiler system. We say to you with confidence that when it comes to boiler repairs, you will only need to make one phone call.
When you do call us, we are ready to serve you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and even on holidays. We arrive well-groomed, wearing professional attire, and eager to listen to your description of the situation. After an initial consultation, we will conduct the basic assessment to determine the specific nature of your problem. If necessary, we will use our video imaging technology to provide you with video evidence of the problem in your pipes or boiler. We will communicate the issue in no uncertain terms, and provide you with an honest and fair estimate for performing the needed repairs to your system.
During the repair process, we make sure that our efforts are conducted with the highest possible standards for efficiency and reliability. We source only the best parts for your heating system, and get them to your home or office in a timely manner. We also take proper precautions to protect the interior of your home or office from water or other related damage while your plumbing or heating systems are down. And when we are finished, we take care to restore your home or business to its original appearance and function.
Our code of conduct requires professional appearance and behavior as well as respect for your home or business. Our mandate for professionalism is not optional; we give you a competitive estimate and stick to it, without any confusing double-talk or surprise charges. At Orange Coast Plumbing, we stake our business reputation on our service professionals superior reliability and expertise.
Orange Coast Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning is available 24 hours a day, every day. If you are experiencing difficulties with your boiler, or any other plumbing or heating-related emergency, do not hesitate to call us at (800) 953-1110.