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Small Boiler Issues Could Be Big Problems

Every year, people across Brooklyn struggle with their boilers. Little problems, like strange noises or inconsistent heating, often go ignored. If problems are small enough, it’s easy to think that they can be put off until next winter, but this can be a bad idea.

Boiler trouble can mean a cold winter.

Some of the most common problems can be the easiest to fix, if they’re diagnosed early enough, but others can be serious and require immediate intervention. If you experienced any of these boiler struggles last winter, having your heating system checked out now can save you from a chilly surprise later.

Little Signs, Big Trouble

Mechanical thermostats can drift out of calibration over time or may be knocked off balance. Electronic thermostats are easy to install incorrectly, and crossed wires can lead to erratic boiler behavior.

If your boiler isn’t producing heat at all, or if the water temperature in other parts of your home seems wrong, it could be a broken coil. This is easy to fix, but shouldn’t be attempted by homeowners, due to the chance of further, more expensive damage.

Loud banging noises or inconsistent heat could be the result of mineral buildup in your pipes or a boiler that can’t ignite properly. One of these can damage your heating system. The other could damage your home. And both could mean a boiler that goes out in the worst parts of the Brooklyn winter.

If you notice water pooling around your boiler, or hear a loud hissing noise when it’s on, that’s a good sign that it has a leak. Not only can this mean varying temperatures from room to room, it also means things can get worse fast. Water can eat away at the pressure vessel until it erupts out, damaging anything nearby and flooding your basement.

Find a Fix

No matter what problems your boiler had last year, if you haven’t had them repaired, it’s unlikely they’ve improved since then. They might have even gotten worse. The experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating can conduct a home inspection to determine the cause of your problems, and recommend solutions that can help you avoid the worst this winter. Call at (718) 748-1254 or contact Petri Plumbing & Heating  online to schedule one today.

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