Many people are more familiar with forced-air heating systems than boilers. Because of this, they often overlook important signs that their boilers need to be repaired until disaster strikes. Whether you are a pro when it comes to boilers or this is your first time handling them, these are important signs you should consider bringing in a residential boiler repair service to inspect your unit.

Your Boiler is Going Bump in the Night

Bumping, banging, clanging, whistling, gurgling, and other unusual sounds are not signs that all is well with your boiler. In fact, your boiler should run with little, if any, noise at all. When your system is making odd sounds, it should be unsettling. Fortunately, a trained boiler technician can quickly diagnose the problem, such as mineral deposits in the boiler, and prescribe a viable solution.

Leaking Water from the Boiler

This is a problem that needs to be corrected as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your home's structure. Water can cause countless problems in your home. From mold and mildew to damage to the wood, drywall, carpeting, furniture, and other belongings in your home, water leaking from your boiler is problematic. Fortunately, some boiler repairs for water leakage are fairly inexpensive to fix. Others, however, may require more costly repairs or possible boiler replacement. Regardless, it is best to address leaking boilers sooner rather than later.

Your Nose Knows

Your nose is a great resource for identifying problems with your boiler. Consider these odors and respond accordingly.

  • Acrid burning odor. This may indicate a problem with the circuits are wiring.
  • Musty, moldy, or mildew odors may reflect leakage (even if you don't see water leaking).
  • Rotten egg odors. This is a potentially serious problem as it may signify a gas leak. You should shut off gas to your boiler and call your gas company immediately.

While your nose will not indicate carbon monoxide, if your home is equipped with carbon monoxide detectors that report a leak, you should vacate your home immediately before calling for boiler repair services.

Your Utility Bills are High and the Temperature in Your Home is Not

Even if there are no other notable signs that you need boiler repair, if your boiler has to work harder to produce the same level of warmth in your home, that is a sign that something is wrong. Higher energy costs could be a sign of inefficiencies within your unit or problems that aren't as easily identified by anyone other than trained boiler repair technicians.

If you are experiencing the problems above, or any other problems with your boiler that have you concerned, consider calling for a residential boiler repair service today.