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Especially during the colder months in the Greater Toronto Area, we just expect our central heating to work. Once it stops working altogether, we begin to realize just how important it is. From strange banging, whistling or gurgling noises to your boiler losing pressure, there are several different issues that can plague people. These are just ten of the most common ones.
- The boiler keeps turning off – There are several reasons that this might happen, the pump might not be circulating the water in the system properly, there may be a lack of water flow due to a closed valve, a problem with the thermostat, or low water pressure.
- The radiator does not get warm – Sludge can gather in the system because of corroded pipework. This prevents the hot water from flowing to the radiators. You can flush the system or chemically clean it to remove those deposits.
- Kettling – Are you hearing a strange rumbling noise? Kettling is the result of lime scale building up onto your boilers heat exchange.
- Thermostatissues – If the thermostat is no longer accurate and does not turn the heat on/off whenever it is supposed to, you may need to repair or replace it altogether.
- Frozen condensate pipe – This is a rather difficult problem to deal with yourself. You would be better off letting the professionals handle it.
- Losing pressure – The most common reason for a loss of pressure is a water leak in the system. However, it could also mean that you need to replace the pressure relief valve.
- The pilot light goes out – This could be because of a deposit built up in the pilot light, the flow of air blowing the pilot light out, or a broken thermocouple.
- Strange banging, whistling or gurgling noises – The most common cause for this has to be air that that has found its way into the system. Alternatively, you could have kettling or low water pressure. Those strange banging noises may also be because of pump failure, especially in older systems
- Leaking and dripping – There are a number of reasons that leaking and dripping could occur in your boiler. In order to determine the cause, you will have to determine where the water is leaking from.
- No hot water, no heat – The primary culprits include low water levels, issues with the thermostat, the failure of motorized valves, or broken diaphragms and airlocks.
Call in the professionals
If you do notice that you have one of these boiler problems, do not hesitate but call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing today. They not only have the expertise necessary to help repair any boiler issues, but can also recommend a replacement if it is necessary.