How do you know if your boiler needs maintenance or repair?

Most homeowners today know that routine maintenance of their HVAC system can potentially save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on emergency repairs and service. But most overlook another important household system that can also cause stress, considerable expense and even health hazards if not properly maintained: your boiler.

Following are some telltale signs that your boiler may be in need of service and repairs. If your boiler is showing any of these symptoms, Curley Plumbing and Heating is here to save you time, expense and aggravation before it gets too bad!

There’s a yellow flame instead of blue
A yellow flame rather than blue could indicate carbon monoxide. A silent, colorless, odorless gas, carbon monoxide can be extremely difficult to detect if you don’t know what you’re looking for. The more exposure to carbon monoxide, the more risk you have in having long term breathing difficulties. At low levels, carbon monoxide poisoning can cause dizziness, headaches, and nausea. In serious cases, carbon monoxide can be fatal.

There are strange noises coming from the boiler
It won’t take you long to notice your boiler making an unusual noise. While the boiler usually makes some noise consistently throughout the day, that noise fades into your subconscious, just like any other noise you hear on a consistent basis. So, be on the alert for any unusual noises coming from your boiler. This is one of the most noticeable signs that your boiler may be in need of repair.

You system is taking a longer time to heat
If your boiler doesn’t heat up quite like it used to, it may be time for a tune-up or a repair. Having your boiler routinely serviced is always recommended in order to maintain its efficiency and reduce the risk of requiring a replacement. After all, having routine maintenance performed on your boiler is much more cost-effective in the long run than a large, unexpected boiler replacement bill.

Your system is emitting a faint smell
If your boiler is not burning properly, it could be a sign of a carbon monoxide leak. When there is a leak, your boiler can sometimes emit a faint smell. It will smell foul, if only slightly. This smell combined with any dark spots you see around the casing of your boiler is a sure sign that you need service. And again, don’t delay – because a carbon monoxide leak can be very dangerous to the health of your family.

Your energy bills are increasing
An increase in your energy bill can be the result of a number of things, including your energy supplier increasing your fuel charge without prior notice. However, if you have a reliable energy supplier, your fuel bill on the rise could mean that your boiler is now costing you added expense – every single month. If you do see your fuel bill rising for no apparent reason, it’s likely time to have your old boiler repaired or replaced.

Call Curley Plumbing and Heating today!
Whether you’re looking for boiler maintenance, repair, or a new boiler installation, Curley Plumbing and Heating is at your service! Family owned and operated since 1972, we’re your trusted source for fast, quick, and easy local service, repair, and maintenance of your gas boiler, electric boiler, and hot water boiler. Whatever problem you’re experiencing, our highly trained, vetted and licensed technicians are ready to help with all of your boiler needs!

Don’t take your boiler for granted. Call Curley Plumbing and Heating and schedule a service visit today! Contact us today!