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Troubleshooting Your Brooklyn Boiler

Another Brooklyn winter is coming, and if your heating system has broken down, you could find yourself coming home to pretty cold comfort.

When your boiler's acting up, know what you can do yourself.

While there are some minor boiler problems dedicated do-it-yourselfers can fix, other repairs require the expertise of a trained professional. Here are some of the most common problems we see with Brooklyn boilers.

Boiler Trouble

If the boiler’s burner has gone out, start by checking the fuel supply and then look for any circuit breakers that may have tripped. Sometimes, replacing a fuse or turning the circuit breaker back on is all that needs to be done.

Clogged or leaky fuel lines and nozzles may also be a cause of boiler problems. If you see puddles of oil around your boiler, or the tank has fuel but nothing reaches the heating element, call the professionals at Petri Plumbing to diagnose the issue.

Other boiler problems can include faulty igniters, plugged chimneys, blocked flues and damaged heat exchangers. Anything that requires replacing a part or moving gas or fuel lines should be handled by a trained heating specialist. Some problems, like a leaking water tank, mineral buildup in water pipes, or corroded coil may even require a replacement.

As always, if your boiler uses natural gas and you smell rotten eggs, leave your home and call 911 and the gas company immediately. Once the leak has been repaired and your home has been deemed safe, we can fix your boiler trouble. 

Maintenance Matters

If you’ve been skipping maintenance to save a little money, you could be at risk of boiler failure. By having your boiler inspected and tuned up regularly, little problems can be caught before they turn into big, expensive ones. If you’re having trouble with your boiler, call the experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating at (718) 748-1254 and stop seeing your breath in your own home.

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