Boilers provide a household’s heat and hot water, but it’s easy to forget they even exist – until there’s a problem. Modern boilers are quiet, reliable, and energy-efficient.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the vast majority of households in the United States that use boiler systems are located in the Northeast. In fact, New York leads the country in the number of homes that use boilers. When your boiler is working well, things are great; utility bills are low and you don’t even notice the system running. However, if something goes wrong, it often requires costly repairs and can cause stress, frustration, and even health hazards.
Having a local Staten Island boiler service company inspect your system annually is important, but it’s also absolutely critical to be able to recognize the signs that it may need repairs or emergency service in between those annual inspections.
4 Signs You Need Boiler Repair Services
If you notice any of these warning signs in your home’s boiler system, contact Platinum Plumbing right away. You don’t want to put off scheduling a service appointment, as things can take a turn for the worse quickly.
#1: Inadequate or inconsistent heating
If your boiler doesn’t heat up as quickly or doesn’t get as hot as it used to, the system is in need of service. The great news is that this is often indicative of a relatively straightforward problem, including too little or too much water in the tank, low water pressure, or an accumulation of mineral deposits. Inadequate heating shouldn’t be ignored, however, because it can quickly go from a simple service issue to a costly repair if left neglected.
#2: Unusual noises
Strange sounds coming from the boiler itself or its pipes are relatively common, and there are a few different things that can cause them. Limestone may have built up inside the boiler and could be blocking the heat exchanger, or there could be water trapped in the pipes. Regardless, noises coming from the system are often synonymous with an energy-inefficiency problem and should be addressed quickly by scheduling boiler repair services.
#3: Odor coming from the boiler
Whether you notice your system emitting a faint or a strong smell, don’t delay calling a boiler service company. A rotten egg smell could be growth of harmless anaerobic bacteria on the anodes, which need to be replaced occasionally anyway. On the other hand, smelling gas or a faint odor you can’t pinpoint could indicate a gas or carbon monoxide leak, both of which present substantial dangers to your household. A gas leak could cause an oil fire, and carbon monoxide poisoning due to leaks are responsible for more than 150 accidental deaths in the U.S. every year.
#4: An increase in energy bills
If you notice a sudden or even gradual increase in your home’s utility bills for no apparent reason, your boiler may be to blame. Utility companies do occasionally raise rates, but typically they’re nominal and you wouldn’t notice much of a difference. However, if your boiler is running inefficiently, that could certainly be to blame for the increase.
- Don’t ignore unusual sounds or smells, or higher utility bills
- Get your boiler inspected and serviced annually by a licensed plumber
At Platinum Plumbing we do boiler repair in Staten Island. We recommend having your system inspected once a year. This can help prevent expensive boiler service and repair, as well as serious problems like gas or CO2 leaks. We pride ourselves on being licensed plumbers servicing all of Staten Island, and we provide other services including routine and 24/7 emergency plumbing, drain cleaning, and boiler installation. Platinum Plumbing provides free estimates and honest, upfront pricing with no hidden fees. New customers, save 10% when you schedule an appointment online!