3 Easy Ways to Tell if Your Boiler Needs to be Serviced

Although you may typically only see the thermostat, central heating systems in modern homes are complex machines. They consist of many different parts, all of which can potentially have problems. Identifying where you might have an issue with your hot water tank is the first step in preventing that issue from becoming a disaster in the middle of a Red Deer winter.

To simplify a complicated situation, you can think of your water heating system as having three parts: a boiler or hot water tank that heats water, a system of tubes that carry the hot water throughout your home, and a thermostat that controls the water’s temperature. Determining whether there’s a problem with your hot water system can be challenging, but here are three simple signs that your hot water tank needs to be serviced:

  • Your thermostat doesn’t give an accurate reading. Your most direct access to information about your boiler is through the thermostat. If you turn on your boiler and you don’t feel any significant change in the temperature, there’s probably a problem. Any number of things might be wrong, from a problem with the thermostat to a heat pump that needs replacement. An odd reading on your thermostat is a good way to know if you should call a local, Red Deer HVAC professional for help.
  • You find water near your hot water tank. Water is heated in your tank and circulated through your pipes. It shouldn’t be on the ground. A water tank can leak from a lot of different places and for a lot of different reasons, some of which are dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Never attempt to repair a leaking tank on your own. Instead, call a professional who can identify and solve the problem safely.
  • You hear strange noises coming from the water heating system. Because your heating system is so complex, there are a lot of opportunities for it to make strange noises. If you hear a gurgling or whistling noise, it’s probably not a ghost. It’s more likely to be a little air caught in the pipes that circulate water through your house. If you hear a persistent noise, however, it’s another good sign that your boiler should be serviced.
McMullen’s Refrigeration & Heating is a great resource for both commercial and residential needs. From furnace replacement to repairing hot water tanks, McMullen’s Refrigeration & Heating is committed to providing Red Deer with reliable service. Contact us now for more information.
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