San Francisco Boiler Repair
A boiler is a sturdy piece of equipment that rarely requires repair. As long as you stay up to date on your scheduled maintenance, they’re rather reliable. However, over the long life of a boiler, an issue is bound to come up sooner or later. As long-time San Francisco boiler repair professionals, we’ve seen it all. In this article, we’ll review four of the most common boiler issues.
Kettling (aka too much noise!)
Kettling indicates a significant problem common in hot water boilers. Kettling is a banging or rumbling coming from the system, pipes or heating unit. If your system becomes noisy, it’s time to call in a technician. If you don’t address the issue, it could become a much bigger problem, one that could potentially be catastrophic to your boiler, or even dangerous to you and your family (like leaking hot water).
Dripping or Leaking
When we receive an emergency call for a boiler, it’s often for a leak. If the leak comes from the boiler tank, you’ve got a significant problem on your hands. A steam system is a closed-loop system that should not have any water visible. It could be serious or simple, but in case it’s a serious issue, if you see water, there’s a problem that needs to be investigated. One of the strongest indicators of a system in need of attention is visible water. Sometimes the boiler has begun to corrode and needs to be replaced. However, that’s not always the case. A leak can be repairable if it comes from a pump or pressure relief valve. On occasion, we find that the leak isn’t a leak at all; it’s condensation.
In older boilers, the pilot light was left running 24/7, so hot water was always ready. Some boilers still have these pilot lights. However, many new boilers use electronic ignition, and water is heated when needed. If you own a boiler with an electric ignition that is not firing, you’ll need heating technicians to diagnose ignition system issues.
When a homeowner calls us reporting that their boiler isn’t heating, there are many possible causes. It could be ignition or one of many other issues. You could have a broken pump, a thermostat that’s not doing its job, or a safety switch interfering with heating. For your safety and the health of your boiler, you shouldn’t attempt to repair yourself. The best thing to do is to call a professional. A boiler technician knows the safest and most cost-effective fix. And to give yourself the best chance of avoiding repairs altogether, make sure to stay up to date on your scheduled maintenance.
*When it comes to your boiler and radiant heat needs, look no further than Gotelli Boilers & Heating. Our trained technicians are available 24/7 for emergency services. We’re also available for installations, preventative and annual maintenance, and repairs during regular business hours. We’re your full service San Francisco boiler repair company. To view our complete list of services, visit us online today or give us a call at 415-717-5442.