5 Common Boiler Problems

Boilers are more likely to break down during the cold months of the winter, which are, of course, the worst of times to have them break down. They're more likely to be working hard, though, when it's cold outside, and that hard work can cause boilers to break down.

If your boiler goes out, you can count on the professionals at Gunthers to get it up and running again. We travel throughout the American Fork, Provo and Orem areas for all your heating, cooling and plumbing needs. The winter months are also when you turn the boiler back on after periods of dormancy through the spring, summer and fall. Here are the top five common boiler problems:

1. Boiler Is Dripping or Leaking
Determining the cause of a leaking boiler begins with where the leak is coming from. The most common cause of a leak is a broken part on the interior of the boiler, like a pressure valve or pump seal.

2. No Heat or Hot Water
If the boiler isn't putting out heat through the system, there are many potential causes. It could be a broken diaphragm or airlock, a problem with the thermostat, low water levels or a failure in the valves. Our experienced technicians can diagnose the problem for you and offer solutions that fit your needs and budget.

3. Your Boiler Is Kettling
Kettling is the term for when a boiler is making a rumbling noise; it sounds like a tea kettle boiling. This can be caused by the build-up of sludge or limescale on the boiler's heat exchanger. This is a problem that can affect any boiler.

4. Low Pressure in the Boiler
You can determine the pressure in your boiler by checking the boiler's pressure gauge. Low pressure could be caused by a water leak, a faulty pressure valve or radiators that have been bled recently.

5. Boiler Repeatedly Turns Off
If your boiler is switching itself off all the time, the issue could be low pressure or a lack of water flow. Problems with the thermostat can also lead to the boiler shutting itself off constantly.

Whatever the problem with your heating, cooling or plumbing system, you can look to Gunthers to solve it for you. In the American Fork area, we handle boiler repairs and installs, humidifier work, commercial HVAC services, AC repair and installation, air quality testing and most plumbing services. We've been in business since 1910 and take pride in delivering top-notch customer care. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you.

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