While not too many homes still use boilers, some definitely do. And if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – or in this case, change them out. After all, having a home designed to operate with a boiler is much different than having a furnace. Sure, you can add heating with a heat pump, but overhauling your home can get expensive, fast by switching to a furnace. So let’s take a closer look at why boilers break so you know what’s serious and what can be avoided with a little maintenance.
Common Reasons Why Boilers Break
Better understanding your home’s heating system helps you plan for the future. From service calls to replacement options, a little knowledge goes a long way. Here are the common reasons why boilers break:
- Mechanical failure (thermostat, internal mechanisms, etc.)
- Air getting into pipes
- Low water pressure
- Water freezing (only when temperatures plummet drastically and the boiler is not being used is this an issue)
To combat water freezing throughout the system, you don’t need to do much. This is only a hazard if you’re planning to go on vacation during those winter months and leave your system unused. Having someone check on your home and keep heat flowing is a quick way to prevent this from ever becoming a serious issue.
Sadly, all the cases above require an expert to correct. Unless you have experience with boilers specifically, you should never attempt to tackle these problems alone. Venturing into the inner workings of a complex system like a boiler could be dangerous and only make things worse. Trust a professional with plenty of years under their belt who can diagnose the issues and make recommendations on how to proceed.
Dr. Ductless Can Help You Diagnose The Reasons Why Boilers Break
When you need help fast, call 416.477.7251. We’re available 24/7 in the event of emergencies and can dispatch a trained technician within hours of your call to assess the situation. Our team has been answering the call for more than 30 years now in Toronto and the GTA. Rest assured, we’re here to help. Give us a call if you ever need anything or are thinking about what you should do about your aging boiler.