The boiler system in a building is one of those things that most people take for granted. No one thinks about it until it starts working poorly–or worse, stops working at all. But in a very real sense, the boiler system is the heart of the building, providing critical heat and hot water on demand. Yet without regular preventative maintenance and servicing, it’s only a matter of time before it fails.
For best results, you should have your boiler system inspected and serviced at least once a year, even if you don’t notice any issues. But there are also certain telltale signs that a boiler failure is imminent. If you notice any of these five key indicators in your boiler system, it’s time to call us to schedule a service call.
1. Inconsistent Heating or Hot Water
One of the first tell-tale signs of a boiler issue is inconsistent heating or hot water supply. If you notice (or get reports from tenants) that the heat isn’t as warm as it should be or the showers are alternating between freezing and scalding, there’s a good chance your boiler might be at fault. These inconsistencies could be due to a faulty thermostat or a broken internal component. Professional servicing can swiftly diagnose these issues, restoring comfort and peace of mind.
2. Unusual Noises
Is your boiler starting to sound like a haunted house with banging, whistling, or gurgling noises? Don’t dismiss these sounds as mere quirks of your system. They could indicate air in the system, low water pressure, or even pump failure. Ignoring these noises could lead to more serious damage, turning a minor annoyance into a major headache.
3. Leaks or Drips
Leaks or drips from your boiler are clear red flags that demand immediate attention. Not only do they pose a risk of potential water damage to your property, but they can also significantly decrease your boiler’s efficiency, leading to higher energy costs. If you’ve spotted leaks, don’t hesitate to call in a professional to address them.
4. Increased Energy Bills
Have you noticed a sudden spike in your energy bills without a corresponding increase in usage? This could be a sign that your boiler is not operating as efficiently as it should be. Servicing can ensure your boiler runs at peak efficiency, reducing energy consumption and saving you money in the long run. Remember, investing in boiler maintenance now can save you from costly repairs and high energy bills later.
5. Yellow Flame Instead of Blue
Lastly, if you’ve noticed that your boiler’s flame has turned yellow or orange instead of its usual blue, it’s time to call in the experts immediately. This could indicate a serious issue such as a carbon monoxide leak, which is a potentially lethal hazard. (Additional tip: per NYC law, carbon monoxide detectors are required in every unit of a multi-unit residence–but make sure you have one near the boiler system, as well.)
If you notice any of these five signs, they are clear indicators that your boiler system needs servicing. Taking action now to fix these issues can avert a costly boiler failure that will take much more effort to fix or replace. At NY Heating, our skilled technicians are known for lightning-fast response times throughout the five boroughs–any time, day or night, and even on holidays. Contact us here to learn more.