Signs You Need Brooklyn Boiler Repair

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Does your home have hot and cold spots? Is your gas consumption unusually high? Is there water on the floor around your boiler? Having trouble keeping your boiler on? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s likely you need boiler repair in Brooklyn.

Continue reading to learn more about boiler repair or simply reach out to the Brooklyn boiler pros at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning if you have any questions, or need to schedule service!

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1. Strange Sounds

If you’re hearing clunking, gurgling, or whistling noises coming from the walls or the area where the boiler sits, chances are the boiler has some mineral backup or other issues and needs to be serviced.


A banging or clunking sound emanating from the boiler can be indicative of one of many issues, and resolution should be sought immediately. One issue that can cause this sort of noise is the occurrence of “kettling.” Kettling is the overabundance of minerals falling out of solution and adhering to the heat exchanger.

As minerals like limestone build up on the exchanger’s surfaces, steam can be created due the reduced water flow and resulting pockets of localized boiling. Another issue that banging can indicate is the delay of ignition when the boiler begins a heating cycle. Excess fuel could possibly be igniting in the unit, and this can lead to highly dangerous situations if left alone.


When a higher-pitched whining noise is heard, it could mean that a small hole in the boiler has developed and the unit is experiencing a “tea kettle” effect. If the unit is an oil boiler, whining can mean that a fuel line may be restricted. This sound may also be related to a more mechanical breakdown, such as failing bearings in the fan motor.


If the boiler is making a grinding sound, there is a good chance that the ball bearings found in the motor are not properly lubricated. Dry ball bearings will begin to succumb to friction and grind as they wear. This is an immediate sign to place a service call. Only a professionally trained technician should be trusted to disassemble and repair or replace parts in the boiler motor.

2. Unpleasant Odors

If you’re smelling rotten eggs, gas could be leaking from somewhere in the boiler system while a burned metal or plastic smell can indicate circuits are overheating. Either way, you need to call in a professional technician to assess the issue.

3. Water Leaks

If you have noticed that your boiler is leaking or dripping water, the cause is often the breakdown of a component of your boiler. These leaks are often from an internal part of your boiler, such as a pump seal or pressure valve, and can be attributable to the breakdown of one of these parts of your boiler or even having the boiler pressure set too high.

In addition, if you notice leaking near the pipes or tank, the boiler system may have an issue with corrosion or an improperly set fitting in your system. Whatever the issue is, a boiler expert needs to be called in before mold or other more expensive issues settle in.

4. No Heat or Hot Water

This is probably the most obvious sign your boiler is experiencing trouble. Have you experienced warm temperatures in one room of your home while an adjacent room is significantly colder? Your Brooklyn boiler may be in dire need of repair or replacement when you notice these inefficiencies, which are a sign that your boiler is straining to heat your home properly.

5. The Boiler Keeps Shutting Itself Off

This is usually a stop-gap precaution employed by the boiler’s temperature sensors to keep it from burning out other components. The end result is that there is a larger issue that needs to be addressed by a professional.

6. Higher-than-Normal Energy Bills

If your utility bills seem a lot higher than this time last year, it could indicate that something is causing your boiler to run less efficiently.

How to Prevent the Need for Boiler Repair

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Boiler repair service is an important thing! In the middle of winter, the last thing that you want to happen in your home is to have your boiler not work properly. If your boiler is not heating your home properly or is only heating portions of your Brooklyn home, the boiler repair experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning & Heating can help determine the best course of action to keep your home warm all winter long.

Routine Maintenance

One of the best ways to prevent boiler issues is with routine boiler maintenance in Brooklyn. A qualified technician with the necessary training and license to maintain combustion-related equipment should be the one to examine your boiler and carry out its maintenance. Call your Brooklyn heating experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning to ensure your older boiler works like it is brand new. 

If you have an older boiler in your home, you’ll especially want to get it serviced annually to ensure that you stay warm this winter and your family stays safe throughout the heating season.

Efficiency Improvements

Your current system could also be retrofitted by a professional to improve efficiency. Insulating all exposed heating pipes, replacing faulty radiator air eliminators, as well as installing quick vent air eliminators on existing steam mains can increase savings up to 15 percent when operating your heating system. Switching to Wi-Fi-type programmable thermostats as well as sealing air ducts, weather stripping around doors and windows can also greatly improve heating system performance.

Consider Installing a New Boiler

Sometimes, the best option for your central heating system is a replacement. Updating your system allows you to fit your home with the most energy-efficient, cost-effective models available. Replacing an old boiler can result in substantial monetary savings for your home, paying for itself in just a few years, and can help ensure your family is safe from potential hazards.

Many old boilers found in homes can operate at as low as 50 percent efficiency, and even the average home boiler operates at only 60 percent efficiency, which means that your home may stay cold and can cost you higher energy bills. Our Brooklyn boiler installation experts can offer an in-home consultation to help you determine if your home boiler needs to be replaced or can be repaired.

Call the Brooklyn Boiler Experts

Boilers are one of the oldest and most conventional types of heating systems in the Brooklyn area. Our Brooklyn boiler experts are very familiar with all types of boilers and are qualified to repair, maintain, or replace any sort of boiler work necessary.

If you think your boiler needs to be assessed, or you need emergency heating service, call Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning right away!

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