If you have a boiler, you already know you have one of the most reliable sources to heat your home. Boilers have a relatively small number of mechanical parts so this helps them have fewer problems and a longer lifespan. Having a reduced level of use and wear on the system and fewer repairs is a win/win for homeowners.
But what happens if the boiler doesn’t work…
Burner doesn’t ignite – this is definitely one of the most common problems a homeowner runs into with a boiler that is failing to produce heat. When the gas jets on the burner won’t ignite there is no heat warming up the water in the tank. The trouble could be in the gas line or possibly due to a failed electronic pilot light. Never work with a gas line on your own – there is a serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and gas lines should always be repaired by a professional.
Broken Circulator Pump – The pump is important because it removes the heated water from the tank and sends it to the baseboard heaters and radiators throughout your home. If your pump is broken, it is not possible for hot water to circulate and the boiler will have to be replaced.
Failed heating elements – Boilers will stop providing heat if the heating elements go out. In electrical heat pumps there is a pair of heat elements located inside the tank that is responsible for raising the temperature of the water.
Thermostat malfunction – this one may seem a little surprising, but if your thermostat has lost its connection to the boiler the boiler will not turn on and heat your home.
While, there is no disputing that boilers are a very dependable source of heat, it does not mean that they never run into problems. If your boiler is not warming your home, it means it is no longer working and you need to call us right away at 203-791-8089.