Boilers use heated water and steam to heat your home or commercial building. Many people in Montana opt for boilers since their high efficiency and clean operation contribute to the environmental preservation of the precious land and resources that Helena and the surrounding area are known for. In fact, electric heaters utilize 95% to 100% of the energy they create. Boilers also last longer than furnaces and other options, but that doesn’t mean they last forever. Here are four signs you need boiler system repair in Helena, Montana.
Since boilers operate using water and steam, they can have substantial leaks. Your boiler should never leak and produce puddles. If you notice puddles around your boiler, a connection may have a leak. Even worse, the unit itself may have developed a leak, especially if it’s old. Boiler leaks will not go away on their own. They will only get larger and create more damage to your building materials and personal items in the area. A plumber in Helena can diagnose and identify the problem for you. You may only need a new connector or valve. If the leak occurs at the unit itself, you will likely need a new heater.
2. Reduced Heating Capabilities
Before assuming the worst when experiencing a lack of heating, always check your boiler’s thermostat settings first. If the thermostat was programmed incorrectly, you simply need to reprogram it to the correct temperature.
In some cases, though, your lack of heat is a result of sediment buildup affecting the components inside the unit. When the components, such as sensors, valves, and the diaphragm, experience too much blockage, they won’t be able to communicate and function properly. Maintenance to the system should bring your boiler back to working order, assuming the components aren’t permanently damaged.
3. Increased Noise
While not silent, your boiler shouldn’t make excessive amounts of noise. When it becomes noticeable, the noise can indicate that a fan or pump inside the unit may be struggling to operate, creating the noise. It may also mean components have gotten loose and even possibly broken off in the unit. To repair a noisy boiler in Helena, MT, a professional from Big Sky will replace the components if possible or give you options on replacing the boiler completely.
Ultimately, it all comes down to age. As we mentioned, boilers usually last 30 years. Many people opt for boilers in part because of their long life expectancy. However, nothing lasts forever. At a certain point, you have to send your current boiler out to the distant prairie in the sky and get a new unit. Use the opportunity to look into more advanced models or other heating options.
Big Sky Plumbing & Heating
If your boiler is over 20 years old and you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to call Big Sky Plumbing & Heating for boiler repair in Helena, MT. We can complete repairs, maintenance, and new installation of your heating, cooling, and plumbing. Ask us about our specials for seniors and additional discounts by calling (406) 443-0336 today.