Posts Tagged ‘Boiler Repair’

When Is It Time to Replace My Boiler?

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Boilers are built to last. If the boiler that heats a home receives proper care during its service life (annual inspections and tune-ups, repairs done as soon as necessary) it can often continue to provide comfort for longer than a generation. A child can grow up in a home and go to college with the same boiler keeping him or her warm all those years.

Like any machine, a boiler cannot last forever. Work strain will eventually cause the heating system to deteriorate past the point where continued boiler repairs and maintenance will provide no help, and the best choice for warmth and energy efficiency is to have the boiler replaced. Below we will look at ways to tell if that time has arrived for your home’s boiler. Ardon Maintenance is here to provide the assistance you need to make the choice regarding new boiler installation in Huntsville, TX. We can take care of repairs or replacement, whatever it turns out is better for your family’s continued comfort.

Signs a boiler is approaching the end of its service life

Check on your boiler’s age and its manufacturer’s estimated lifespan. In general, a well-built boiler can last 20 years or more. A boiler that has gone past 20 years should receive special attention, since this is usually the point where the system will encounter a decline in performance and efficiency. If a boiler at this age needs repair work, check with the repair technician about the possibility of replacing it. If a single repair is greater than half the cost of a replacement, then replacement is a much more cost-effective choice.

The cumulative number of repairs that a boiler needs during a year is also a good measuring stick for whether you should replace it. If the costs for repairs to keep a boiler running is $500 or more a year, it is no longer worth continuing to repair the system; the repairs will only become more frequent and the system less efficient, and it will possibly experience a permanent failure within a few years right when you need it the most.

If a boiler starts to develop corrosion along its tank, it almost certainly needs to be replaced; when corrosion gets a hold, the system is simply too old to continue to function well. Also listen for strange sounds from the tank. Boilers usually operate quietly, and when that silent operation vanishes under odd noises, it often means the aging system is close to a full failure.

Finally, a gradual rise in the cost to run the boiler which does not decrease because of maintenance or repairs, shows that wear and tear have taken too large a toll. Call for a technician to look into the boiler’s operation and see if it’s time to retire it for a new, higher-efficiency model.

Contact Ardon Maintenance if you have doubts about your boiler. Whether you need repairs, maintenance, or boiler installation in Huntsville, TX, we will handle the job with speed and professionalism.

Why Is My Boiler Leaking Water?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Boilers have long service lifespans because they have few mechanical parts in them that can wear down from use. Furnaces, on the other hand, have multiple motors and fans that will often require repairs if the heater does not receive regular maintenance. If you have a boiler keeping your house warm, you can expect many years of quality from it, with only an occasional repair call.

However, you will still need to have regular maintenance done on it, because boilers do have some specific repair needs that can crop up unless they are looked after. Leaking water is perhaps the problem that comes up the most often. Although your boiler will probably drip a little water from its pressure release valve (which is a normal part of its operation), leaking anywhere else means there is a problem. Call up repair professionals, like those at Ardon Maintenance, and have the issue looked at immediately. Leaking water not only means a boiler headed for trouble, but it could also mean water damage to building material and the growth of mold and bacteria.

There are a number of reasons a boiler may start to leak:

  • Corrosion: The number one enemy your boiler faces is corrosion, the chemical process that results from the mix of iron, water, and oxygen. An anode rod atop the hot water tank helps to prevent corrosion from entering the tank. If the rod rusts through, then you can expect corrosion problems to begin to affect the boiler. Corrosion weakens metal until it crumbles apart, but you’ll see leaking far earlier than that. Try to have corrosion remedied as soon as you can, because if it spreads too extensively you may need to have the water tank replaced entirely.
  • High water pressure: The water pressure inside the tank and the pipes should remain at a steady level. However, breaks in the expansion tank, limescale inside the boiler, or the influx of sediment can all cause the boiler to overheat—and the pressure to spike. Increased pressure will cause leaks to spring up all across the piping. You will not only need the leaks sealed, you will also need professionals to find the reason for the increase in pressure and fix it.
  • Poor initial installation: It’s important to have expert technicians install a boiler, because a badly done amateur job often means inferior connections between the tank and the lines. Sloppy soldering jobs and loose valves will cause constant leaks. Professionals may be able to perform enough work to fix this, or you may need to have a completely new installation done. We often find this problem occurs for people who inherited a boiler with their home.

Whatever the cause of the leak, leave the detection work to the technicians. You don’t want to attempt boiler repairs on your own: you might cause the leaks to become worse. Contact Ardon Maintenance when you first detect leaks, and let us stop them before they spread. We’re ready 24-hours a day to assist you, so schedule your boiler repair in Madisonville today.