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5 Common Boiler Problems

5 Common Boiler Problems

December 19, 2019

Your boiler is the center of your home’s heating system. A boiler problem is a major inconvenience, especially during winters in central Illinois. Here are five of the most common problems you may encounter.

1. Boiler Automatically Shuts Off

There are many possible reasons for your boiler to automatically turn off. They include:

  • Thermostat problems
  • A frozen condensate pipe
  • Low water pressure
  • Air in the system

Since these can be complicated to diagnose, have a technician inspect your system to determine what’s causing the problem.

2. Excessive Noise When Operating

Excessive noise, or “kettling,” is often caused by limescale that’s building up inside the heat exchanger. You may hear a gurgling, rumbling, or whistling sound that resembles a boiling kettle. A technician can flush your pipes to remove scale and trapped air from your boiler.

3. Radiators Not Heating

If your radiator is cold on top but hot on the bottom, you could have an issue with your pump or a faulty zone valve. You may also have a buildup of air in your boiler. Try bleeding your radiators, which will remove any air trapped inside your system. If bleeding the radiator doesn’t resolve the problem, it might require a power flush to clean out the pipes.

4. Leaks

A dripping or leaking boiler has several possible causes. Your system may have a loose connection or broken parts. The circulator or the pressure relief valve may need replacing. A leaking boiler will need to be repaired by a qualified technician.

5. Boiler Loses Pressure

If you have a pressurized heating system, you may find the boiler often loses pressure. This may be caused by a problem with the system’s expansion vessel. Loss of pressure is also a potential sign of a water leak. If your boiler is losing pressure, you’ll need help from a technician to resolve the problem.

For assistance with your boiler, contact Bratcher Heating and AC today to schedule an appointment. We provide heating and air conditioning services for customers in Champaign, East Peoria, and Normal.

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3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Heating Technician

3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Heating Technician

March 19, 2019

The last thing that any homeowner wants is to be stuck without heat in the throes of a bitter winter. Heating systems aren’t something that can be fixed by a DIY enthusiast. Instead, they require trained professionals for both maintenance and repairs. Here are some of the main reasons you need to hire a heating professional.

1. It Can Save You Big Later

Heaters are expensive to replace. Even a surprise heating repair can add up to sizable costs. When you have your heater inspected and serviced by a professional, it can help prevent further problems down the line.

Qualified professionals can anticipate future maintenance issues and can help you diagnose and fix problems before they become either unfixable or prohibitively expensive. In other words, by spending some money now, you can save on expensive services later.

2. Professional Repair Is Safer

Heaters can be hazardous if something goes wrong. At the very minimum, when handled incorrectly, they can become a fire hazard. With that in mind, you don’t want just anyone servicing your heating system. An experienced and professional repair technician will know the various pitfalls that can cause a heater to become a hazard and will perform the service in a manner that makes it safe for future use.

3. It Preserves the Warranty

Manufacturers don’t want just anyone working on their products. There’s a valid reason for that. You don’t want someone who’s not adequately trained to make changes and adjustments to a complex heating unit.

In most cases, unless a professional technician works on the unit, any warranty will be voided by the manufacturer. By trying to save a few dollars by foregoing professional help, you put yourself in a position where you can cost yourself thousands if the unit fails in the future.

If you feel that you may have any issues with your heating system, then you should take action. At Bratcher Heating and A/C, we offer a full range of heating and air services to customers in Peoria, IL, and the surrounding areas. We also assist customers with indoor air quality. Contact us today for more information about our services!

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