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10 Signs You Need An Emergency Boiler Repair

Waking up in the middle of a cold winter night only to find that your heater has broken down can be both stressful and scary. Keeping an eye out for the signs that your boiler is headed down the path of needing repair can save you from this aggravating situation.

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Warning Signs To Watch For

Sometimes your boiler will give you obvious clues that it needs to be checked out. Other signs are a bit more subtle. Knowing the signs to look for can save you from needing an emergency repair.

  1. Your Heat Isn’t Working
  2. This is the most obvious sign that there is something wrong with your boiler. Save yourself the frustration of trying to figure out the cause and call an HVAC professional right away.

  3. Repeated Repairs
  4. If you keep needing to have the same part repaired again and again, or if you call to have one component fixed only to have another piece fail the very next day, there is a good chance your boiler needs to be repaired.

  5. Inconsistent Heating
  6. Have you noticed that some rooms in your home are nice and warm while others don’t seem to have any heat at all? This is a sign that you want to have your boiler looked at.

  7. Your Pilot Light Is Out Or Has A Yellow Flame
  8. If you see that your pilot light is out, call an HVAC expert rather than try to relight it yourself. If your flame is burning yellow instead of blue, call your trusted heating and cooling company immediately. A yellow flame can be a sign of a possible carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide is extremely harmful to your health, even in small amounts.

  9. Strange Smells
  10. Foul smells coming from your boiler can be a dangerous sign. Call a local HVAC technician right away.

  11. Unusual Noises
  12. It is common to have a constant, barely noticeable sound when your heater is running. However, if you hear hissing, banging, clunking, or whistling, it’s time to call a professional.

  13. Slow Heat Up
  14. If you notice it takes longer for your boiler to heat your entire home, don’t pass this off as “just being colder than normal outside”. Give your heating and cooling technician a call to service your system.

  15. Leaks
  16. If you see any sign of possible leaks coming from your boiler, call an HVAC professional immediately. Boiler malfunctions can keep you out of your home for days, encourage mold growth, and can even damage the structure of your home.

  17. Spike In Utility Bill
  18. If your boiler isn’t running efficiently, it is using more energy than normal to heat your home. More energy usage means higher energy bills for you. If you see an unexplained increase in your utility statement, give your local HVAC expert a call to perform a thorough inspection of your boiler.

  19. You Have An Older Boiler
  20. Every system in your household has a shelf life and your boiler isn’t any different. The average lifespan of a boiler is approximately 15 years. If your boiler is an older model and isn’t running as efficiently as it should be, it might be time to consider a replacement.

Ignoring these signs can cause even greater damage to your boiler, possibly to the point of needing an entire replacement system. More importantly, failing to have these symptoms properly assessed puts the health of you and your family at risk.

Emergency Boiler Repairs – Kilmarnock, VA.

When you find yourself in that situation where your boiler has stopped working in the middle of the night and your mind starts racing with questions like, “Who on Earth can I call at this hour?” and “How long will it take to get someone out here to fix our heater before we freeze?” try not to panic. Our dependable team of home service experts is on call 24 hours a day to help get your boiler back up and running again.

Crowther Heating & Air Conditioning has been providing dependable top-quality heating system services to the homeowners of Kilmarnock since 1954.

Whether you want to schedule a routine boiler service, a boiler installation, or if need emergency repair at 3 in the morning, our highly trained team of professionals is here when you need us.

If you’re experiencing boiler problems in Northern Virginia, give our repair service team a call to schedule an appointment today!

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