Hot water boilers are a great alternative to furnaces when it comes to keeping your home nice and toasty during the colder months. When summer rolls along, however, most boiler systems are out of sight and out of mind for most homeowners. Don’t be one of those homeowners.
The summer months are the perfect time to inspect your hot water boiler. In the event you do find a sign of damage, heating contractors are readily available, unlike during late autumn and the entirety of winter. With that in mind, here are a few signs you should look out for:
Start your inspection by turning the safety valve. If the safety valve is rusted or loose, have it replaced immediately. Your safety valve is the last line of defense against a malfunctioning boiler system, so always make sure that it is working properly.
Your pressure tank should be full of warm air. Accumulation of water is a sign that the tank is experiencing problems and may break down soon.
If your pilot light goes out suddenly, you may have a draft in the area. If there is no draft, then your gas supply may be loose. If you suspect this and smell gas in the air, evacuate your home and call a professional immediately.