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Common Boiler Issues

A boiler is a type of heating system that uses a closed loop of pipes that carry heated water (or steam) throughout your home through radiators. The water cools as it gives off its heat to your home. Once the water returns to the boiler, it's then heated again and the cycle starts over.

If you home is having issues with it's boiler, it's best to call Solaire Home Comfort to diagnose and fix the problem. There are a few things you may be able to check before you call us. This can save time and therefore reduce the cost of the service call.

Troubleshooting Boiler Problems

1. Radiator is cold when heating is on. If your radiator feels hot at the bottom and cold at the top, it's an indication that there's a buildup or air or rust in the pipe or a problem with the pump. This can be fixed by bleeding your radiators to remove air in the system.

2. Boiler fires up then turns off. Low water pressure issues with the thermostat or a condensate pipe can cause the boiler to turn off. It can also happen when the system needs to be bled or even a faulty pump.

3. Boiler loses pressure. Pressurized systems with a leak can lose pressure. If you think you have a leak somewhere in your system, the system will need to be re-pressurized to manufacturer guidelines. The owner's manual will state what the maximum pressure level for your boiler is.

4. Pilot light keeps going out. A bad thermocouple is likely the cause of your pilot light going out. It can be damaged do to seals, also. It's best to call us to determine the cause.

5. Boiler is humming, vibrating, etc. A buildup of limescale in the heat exchanged can cause a boiler to become noisy. It can also be caused by air in the system. Bleeding the system out or power flushing the pipes out. This should be done by a professional.

If you have any of the issues listed above, it's best to contact us immediately at 570-673-4340 to schedule service, to ensure further damage is not done to the system.


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