If you have a boiler system for the heating of your home, you might want to take a few minutes to learn about the signs that can indicate a need for a professional repair. This way, you will be able to spot problems and call for help before it is too late and you are without heat.
You Feel The Floors Shake
If you feel the floors shake or you hear the basement sound as though it was just slammed shut when the boiler kicks on, you might want to have a professional take a look at it as soon as possible. It could be something as simple as not having the pilot light turned up high enough. When it is too low, the natural gas has to build up a lot more than normal until it finally reaches the low setting flame. A large explosion sound can usually be heard once the natural gas finally does hit the flame because of the excess fuel. This can be startling and dangerous if this is also causing some flames to shoot out from under the boiler when the pilot finally catches the natural gas.
The Pilot Light Is Yellow
Do not make the mistake of assuming that your pilot light is fine if it is burning yellow or that you would be dead by the time anyone could notice it. A clean pilot light should burn nice and blue. A yellow flame is an indication that carbon monoxide is being burned. This is a very dangerous gas, as it is not just odorless, but also deadly at high levels. Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, dizziness, and nausea. However, if the pilot light just started burning yellow a few minutes ago, you might not notice such symptoms yet, but you will still need to take action. There is no exact equation regarding how much carbon monoxide has to be in a home before you experience symptoms as everyone may react at a different pace and there is the factor of ventilation that would factor into how much you are actually inhaling. Should you happen to notice that the pilot light on the boiler is yellow instead of blue, you will want to turn it off and quickly call an emergency boiler repair technician. This way, you can get the problem fixed and turn your heat back on as soon as possible.
There Is A Delay
If the boiler is on and you raise the temperature on the thermostat higher than what it currently is in the house, you should hear the furnace kick on rather quickly. Therefore, if you are starting to notice a significant delay, you might want to call in a boiler repair technician. There could be a problem within the wiring that is causing the delay.
With those few signs in mind, you should have a much easier time deciding whether or not your boiler system is in need of a repair by a professional.