Common Problems Chicago Homeowners Encounter with their Boilers
Boilers are a great way to provide your home with hot water and heat, and they’re very common in Chicago’s northwest side and the surrounding areas. Most homeowners, however, don’t give a thought to their boilers until they’ve started to have problems with them. A high quality boilers is built to last for years with regular use, but eventually, you will start to see some problems with your boiler.
The key to taking proper care of your boiler is to take care of any problems as soon as possible once they’ve developed. So you’ll need to be able to recognize these problems and know what they mean they do occur.
Here are a few of the most common problems that you’re likely to encounter with your boiler:
Problems With Gas Boilers
Lack of Heat
The most common problem there is with boilers is that they’re not producing enough heat, or they’re producing no heat at all. Typically, a lack of heat occurs because there’s a problem with your water levels, the atmosphere inside your boiler, or there is a build-up of mineral deposits. It’s also possibly more than one of these issues, which could all be related.
You may choose to attempt to fix these problems on your own, but it’s important to keep in mind that you may cause another more expensive and complicated problem. If you aren’t confident enough to tackle the problem on your own, call the professionals at A Custom Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc..
Expansion Tank Problems
Your expansion tank can be responsible for a number of problems with the boiler in your Chicago home. If something is wrong with your expansion tanks, it could mean that there’s insufficient air in your boiler, or it may cause overflowing water.
If you’re confident in your abilities, you can check the tank and make sure that the air is being properly carried in the tank. You should also compare the temperatures at the top and bottom of the tanks. The temperature should be hotter at the bottom in order for the system to properly function.
Problems With Electric Boilers
Thermocouple Sensor Failure
The thermocouple sensor on your electric boiler regulates the flow of gas inside your boiler. It’s directly next to your pilot light and it monitors how much heat is being produced. If your pilot light goes out, the thermocouple will start to cool off. Sometime you can solve the problem by relighting the pilot, but you may need to have the part replaced.
Your boiler absolutely needs the right amount of water pressure in order to create heat. If there’s a water leak in any part of the boiler, you’ll see a decrease in efficiency and functionality.