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A boiler breakdown can bring your facility to a grinding halt and have a huge impact on your income. That is why it is vital that you keep an eye out for any signs that it is time to have your boiler repaired by an experienced contractor.
Boilers are going to make a few noises while they are being used, but those sounds should be fairly quiet. When a boiler begins to make loud crashing or banging noises, then it is time to consider professional repairs. A boiler that can’t hold the proper amount of water might also make a gurgling or high-pitched whistling sound whenever it is trying to heat the water.
As a general rule, you shouldn’t notice any unpleasant odors around your boiler. If there is a foul smell near the boiler, then you could have a carbon monoxide leak. Those leaks usually won’t have a big impact on a boiler’s functionality, but carbon monoxide poisoning is extremely dangerous and should never be taken lightly. As soon as you notice any foul smells, you must immediately leave the area and contact a boiler repair company.
Inconsistent heating is one of the clearest signs that your boiler is damaged or ready to be replaced. A high-quality boiler should be able to quickly and efficiently heat the air or water in your facility and then maintain a consistent temperature as long as it remains on. Inconsistent heating or a sudden jump in your utility bills might mean that it is time to schedule a boiler service call so that the entire system can be inspected for any signs of damage.
A little bit of moisture around a boiler is relatively normal, but ongoing leaks must be addressed as quickly as possible. Some of the most common signs of a boiler leak include standing water around the unit, extremely high humidity levels in the boiler room, stained building materials, and mold. Leaks can be caused by many different issues, and repairing that type of damage should only be carried out by a reputable contractor who has the proper tools and training.
Even with ongoing maintenance and professional repairs, your boiler will need to be replaced at some point. In most cases, boilers should be replaced at least once every 15 years, and that type of project must only be carried out by a licensed and insured boiler company.
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Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.