Although it may be summertime, it is never too early to be sure that your gas or oil boiler will be working as expected when it gets cold. If you delay addressing a problem now, even if it does not seem to impact you currently, there is too good of a possibility that you will be on a waiting list for an emergency repair later on. However, before you schedule that service call, you should attempt the steps listed below to see if you can solve the problem on your own.
#1-Inspect The Vent Pipes
It will be necessary to take a close look at the pipes after first turning the unit entirely off. In order to do so, you should remember that if your boiler is 80% energy efficient, they are likely to be made of metal, so you should take this opportunity to check for rust or other decay that could be a problem. If your unit is 90% energy efficient, your pipes will usually be comprised of PVC, so you will want to make sure you do not see any holes or imperfections that could impact the release of warmed air.
Regardless, the pipes should always connect neatly to one another, with no visible gaps, forcing or warping of the material. When you are sure they are not the problem, proceed to the next step.
#2-Check The Level Of The Fuel
One unfortunate and common reason for boilers to quit working is because the fluid level is too low . While newer units will frequently have a gauge that can tell you the level of fuel, older models will require you to insert a long, clean wooden stick in the unit while the boiler is still turned off.
If it does not dampen the spoon or barely moistens it, you may have the reason for the boiler failure. However, a low level could indicate a leak, especially if you know that there should not be a problem with either fuel. If it's low when it shouldn't be, call a professional. If the level indicates that a usable amount of fuel is present, try the next step.
#3-Press The Re-start Buttons (Both Of Them)
After turning the boiler back on, you can attempt to re-start the boiler by pressing the ignition button. It is usually found near the burner or flue stack. If it does not give your boiler what it needs to start working, press the restart button for the motor, which is found on the motor itself.
If you have tried the above tips and the boiler is still not working as it should, it is time to call in a professional.
In conclusion, boiler repair can be an expensive and time-consuming problem. However, by attempting the repairs listed above, you may be able to save the day without breaking the bank.