Getting A Boiler For The Frist Time? 2 Common Problems You Should Know About

A boiler works well to provide heat to your home and you will likely not have many problems with one that is brand new. Over time, however, problems can occur and knowing about these beforehand can be beneficial. Keep reading to learn about two common problems you may come across in the future.

Pressure Loss

If you have a loss of pressure in your broiler, it may need to be repressurized.  Look at the pressure indicator that is somewhere on the front of the boiler. The pressure should be between the first and second bar. If it is below one bar, then the pressure is too low.

Fortunately, this problem is generally easy to fix. The first thing you need to do is to find the filling loop tube. In most cases, you can find this tube underneath the boiler or close to it. The tube is generally grey or silver and has a small valve at each end.

Turn the boiler off and wait until it completely cools down. There are two valves on the front of the boiler. You need to attach one end of the filler tube to one valve, and then attach the other end of the tube to the second valve. If you are having problems opening the valves, you can use a flat headed screwdriver. When the filler loop is secure, open each valve to let water flow into the system.  Watch the pressure gauge and turn the valves off when it reaches to the second bar. When it is at the right level, turn the boiler back on.

Pilot Light Will Not Stay Lit

If the pilot light keeps going out on your boiler, make sure the vent damper is open and the inducer fun is running. If you do not know how to do this, refer to the owner's manual of the boiler.

The vent pipe could also be blocked with debris or snow in the winter months. If you do not know where the vent is, look at the boiler. If it is older, an aluminum vent comes out the back of the boiler. If you have a newer boiler, you will see PVC pipes coming out of the top of the boiler. Follow the pipe so you can determine where they exit your house. Once you find it, clear out any blockages.

If you are still having a problem, you may have dirt on the pilot assembly or the flame sensor. It could also be a problem with the thermocouple or the boiler control itself.

If you continue to have problems with your boiler, you should contact a contractor to come to your home to repair it.