If you experience a problem with your hot water boiler, there’s no reason to panic. Just follow these simple troubleshooting tips (unless, of course, you feel more comfortable calling a professional right away).
- Check the thermostat – If there is a selector switch, make sure that it’s on “heat.” Also check the batteries if the thermostat is electric.
- Make sure the electrical is switched on – This might sound like a no-brainer, but make sure both the primary switch and any service panels are “on.” If the problem persists, your breaker might have tripped.
- Ensure that the ignition is working properly – No matter what kind of ignition your hot water boiler features (standing pilot light, intermittent pilot light, or hot surface igniter), you’ll want to ensure that it’s working properly. Consult your operating manual to know what you need to look for. A professional should be called in the event that the pilot light is having problems staying lit. A word of caution, as well: if you smell gas, leave your house right away.
- Check the safety switch – If your boiler features a safety switch, which will turn off the unit if the water level is too low, check to see that it’s operational.
Calling a professional
While the above tips can help you troubleshoot problems you might have with your hot water boiler, make sure you schedule an inspection with a professional on a regular basis. An HVAC expert can ensure that everything is running smoothly, so you can avoid expensive problems in the future.
If you would like further assistance with your home’s hot water boiler, or for any questions regarding home comfort, please contact the experts at Cool Power, LLC. We have been serving the HVAC needs of Long Island homeowners since 1975.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about boilers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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