Even though boilers are often thought of as an old-fashioned form of heating, they are still very present and very functional in a lot of homes across the country. Designed to send heated water or steam through a series of radiant lines or radiators throughout the home, boiler systems use the power of hot water to generate heat, and they are highly efficient at what they do.
Some of the major problems that can come about with boiler systems are related to water, and plumbers are qualified to work on pretty much anything water touches. Here is a look at some of the water-related problems your plumber can help you with if you have issues with your boiler.
The boiler is not distributing heated water through one or more lines.
If you are only getting heat in one part of the house, or if there is only heat in certain rooms, this tends to be a sign that the boiler is not properly distributing water through the lines to the different sections of the home. In most cases, these issues are relative to basic clogs, which may start at the main boiler unit. The plumber can take a look at the lines and track down any clogs that may be preventing hot water from slipping through to do its job.
The boiler inlet valve is not allowing it to fill with water as needed.
The water inside of a boiler is continuously cycled throughout the system and reused. Even if you are using part of the hot water from the boiler for hot water in the house, some of the water in the tank gets recirculated if holding levels are not completely depleted. Nevertheless, the boiler must be consistently refilled with water to replenish the proper levels. If your boiler is constantly going dry and the water inlet valve is dysfunctional, a plumber can help you replace the part.
The boiler is making noise due to scaly buildup.
If the water feeding your boiler is filled with things like calcium and magnesium, those mineral deposits can accumulate inside of the boiler and rattle around inside of the boiler, in the lines, and in any radiators you may have. Eradicating these pieces is the only way to stop the problem, which is something you may be able to do by draining and cleaning the boiler. However, a plumber can help you install a hard water softener that feeds the boiler so you can reduce future issues.
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