The absolute worst time to find out you have a problem with your boiler is when it stops working altogether. When it does, you’ll have to contact someone with emergency plumbing experience for help. Arctic Chain Plumbing & Heating, serving Anchorage, Alaska, since 1975, has professional and fully licensed technicians on call 24 hours a day, and they have experience with heating repair, water heater repair, and plumbing services. However, to avoid emergency repair or an unexpected replacement, Arctic Chain Plumbing & Heating advises that homeowners watch for specific signs that will tell them when it's time for a new boiler.
Here are four signs to look for when debating whether or not to purchase a new boiler:
- Unusual Sounds & Odors: Knocking, hissing, and popping can be signs of uneven water distribution caused by sediment build up. It could also indicate kittling, which is lime scale build up on the heating elements. Strange smells can mean that the boiler isn’t burning correctly. One sound you should definitely take seriously is your carbon monoxide detector – if it goes off repeatedly, the boiler could have a problem with its flues.
- Lack Of Efficiency: An unexpected rise in fuel bills can sometimes be a signal of trouble with the equipment. An aging boiler works less efficiently because it has accumulated sediment and grime, which clogs hoses and pipes and can cause leaks or the pilot light to go out for no reason.
- Temperature Fluctuations: If you experience a lot of variation in hot water temperature or in the warm air temperature in your home, it may be a sign that your boiler, furnace, or water heater is not working properly. There are a number of possible causes, but a plumbing or heating contractor could diagnose it and fix the problem quickly.
- Frequent Repairs: At some point, an old boiler will nickel and dime you into the poor house with frequent repairs. That’s the time to contact Arctic Chain Plumbing & Heating for complete boiler replacement.
If your boiler is over 10 years old and you’ve noticed any of the above signs, it’s time to start thinking about boiler replacement. Don’t wait for a catastrophic failure to contact Arctic Chain Plumbing & Heating for more information. You can reach them at (907) 344-2060 or visit their website for more information.