Your boiler likely isn’t at the top of your mind very often. You want it to work when you need it, and to be ready to work when you don’t. It’s a fairly simple expectation that homeowners have with their heating system. When that expectation is dashed, it can result in an expensive and uncomfortable headache.
Three Common Problems to Consider
Poor heating performance
- Is the poor performance all of a sudden? The water level could be too low and needs to be topped off.
- Has the poor performance gradually occurred? Mineral deposits may have built up, causing poor thermal transfer from the heating elements to the water.
Not all radiators heat
- Single units that are not hot from bottom-to-top could have air trapped in the top.
- Entire heat zones lacking heat could have air trapped in their lines.
- Entire heat zones lacking heat could have faulty zone valves or circulators.
Boiler making loud noises
- Air in the system is a common cause and would require bleeding the system, a rather simple task that seems daunting but isn’t.
- Water pressure may be too low.
- Kettling is a common issue that occurs over time if you have hard water where lime-scale builds on the boiler heat exchange.
As the Dayton area’s premier heating and air conditioning service provider, we run across poorly performing heating systems quite often. Contact us at Detmer and Sons for more expert advice on poorly performing heating systems and their causes.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Dayton, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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