How To Avoid HVAC Boiler Repair
Preparing your boiler system for winter probably isn’t at the top of your agenda if you live in Texas. However, we all saw the freezing conditions in 2021 that left many in the state without hot water and power. Neglecting regular maintenance puts your boiler system to the test, especially in the winter.
We’ll walk you through ways to avoid HVAC boiler repair so you don’t have to scramble for help in freezing conditions. Here’s what you need to know:
Condensing Boiler Problems
Boiler systems experience issues in freezing temperatures if they haven’t been properly maintained for high performance. Listed below are common boiler system problems that require attention:
Irregular Water Heating
Don’t be surprised if you’re experiencing problems with both general heating and water heating. That means related components for both heating purposes are malfunctioning. A thermostat may need resetting, or airlocks and boiler valves require replacing. Schedule professional maintenance for the boiler system.
Is the bottom of your radiator hot while the top is cool? While HVAC boilers can run on radiators, you’re likely experiencing an off-balance connection between the two. Reset the system or contact a professional for further inspection.
Have you heard a kettle boil on a stove before? Kettling is when your system works overtime to deliver hot water, which lowers the boiler system’s life expectancy and raises energy bills. If you also notice rumbling in pipes, the heat exchanger could be suffering from buildup, usually due to continuous water usage.
Pipes in boiler systems are also used to remove gas and waste created in the process. If pipes freeze in winter, your system will have a blockage. Professionals apply warm water, cloth, or other warming methods to eliminate blockage of gas and waste. Always wear protective eyewear and gloves if you attempt to unfreeze your pipes without professional help.
Leaking or Dripping
Excess water surrounding your tank or connected pipes indicates boiler leaking and dripping, a common problem. Boilers typically leak or drip because of rust, old parts, high-pressure valves, aging seals, corrosion, or an overworked system. To determine why your system is leaking, contact an expert in HVAC boiler repair. Most fixes are simple and inexpensive, like loose fitting.
Regularly check your boiler’s thermostat for accidental bumps that change the water temperature. If problems persist, the thermostat is malfunctioning. Old age and loose wiring are likely causes. Attempt to reset the system and schedule a replacement with a contractor if that fails.
Also, check the pilot light in the boiler system. The pilot light will come on if the blue flame igniting your boiler underneath is out. Flames burning out is common in older boiler systems. Before reigniting, check to see if gas is reaching the system. Gas may be turned off throughout the property. If the pilot light is still on and a flame is ignited, the system is malfunctioning due to wiring. Schedule repair to avoid false warning lights.
Experiencing heating problems? Reach out to A&G Services for HVAC boiler repair today.
What Can I Do To Reduce HVAC Boiler Repairs?
Extensive HVAC boiler repair can cost thousands of dollars, not to mention the inconvenience of losing heat in cold conditions. Stay ahead of the game with these boiler system tips:
Dirt, dust, and debris mount in the winter, especially with less moisture. Internal blades and motors become clogged in HVAC boilers, restricting heat throughout your property. Install new filters every three to six months or schedule biannual maintenance to replace furnace filters.
Pay Attention to Gas
Gas is created during the HVAC boiler process and needs to be released through piping. Trapped gasses due to frozen or damaged pipes can cause fires and explosions, which will destroy a boiler. Fumes circulating in your space also cause health problems. If you’re experiencing trapped gas fumes, contact professional maintenance for immediate repair.
Inspect the Flue Passage
Check residue within your piping. If you notice white or powdery substances, contact professional help right away. Flue passages carry away harmful gas like carbon monoxide. Restricted flue passages create immediate health concerns for anyone on the property. White residue indicates that not enough air enters the system for clean burning.
Check Your System
It might be tempting to adjust the temperature on your boiler system thermostat during cold conditions. Increasing water temperature often puts an extra strain on your system, creating wear and tear that reduces life expectancy. If there’s a significant decrease in water heat, you have other issues that need repair. Avoid HVAC boiler repair by maintaining a constant temperature.
The best measure to prevent HVAC boiler repair is scheduling an annual inspection with a professional contractor. A&G Services has served the Dallas and Fort Worth area for the past four decades with leading HVAC boiler system maintenance.
Preventative Maintenance for Boiler Systems
A&G Services offers a wide range of maintenance solutions, including preventative maintenance for HVAC systems, chillers, boilers, and plumbing. Your boiler is essential for your facility’s heating and cooling, and A&G Services is here to keep it running at peak performance. During our preventative maintenance process, we:
- Examine your electrical controls
- Inspect the burners
- Check all flue passages and vent pipes
- Monitor carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and oxygen levels
A&G Services: Dallas’s Leading HVAC Contractor
At A&G Services, we are committed to quality, cost efficiency, and customer satisfaction. Don’t wait for water heating issues—protect your system and avoid HVAC boiler repair this winter by contacting A&G Services today.