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Signs That Your Boiler May Be on the Blink

If your boiler has been acting strangely, leaking, running out of hot water more frequently or making unusual sounds, it might be a sign that it’s on the blink. While a well-maintained boiler can last for decades, parts and equipment eventually wear out and there comes a point where repairs are no longer economical.

Here are some signs that the boiler in your Arlington home may be ready for a replacement.

  • Leaking water – Water leaks are never a good sign and should be addressed immediately. This is especially true when the combination of standing water and heated interior air provide an atmosphere for mold and mildew growth. A water leak in a boiler can develop into a carbon monoxide leak, which has dangerous and potentially fatal effects.
  • Unusual noises – Don’t grow accustomed to the unusual sounds that emanate from your old boiler. Those hisses, pops and knocking sounds are your boiler’s way of letting you know something is wrong. These noises can indicate trapped air, uneven water distribution or clogged lines, all of which need to be addressed soon to prevent permanent damage and to keep your boiler running efficiently.
  • Strange smells – If you notice a strange smell around your boiler, call a professional HVAC contractor immediately. Unusual or unpleasant odors can be a sign of a gas leak or can indicate the ventilation system is broken, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Temperature fluctuations – If the temperature of your water or air is unevenly distributed or seems to be inconsistent, your boiler might be the problem. In many cases, older boilers aren’t accurately sized for the home, which compromises interior comfort.

In addition to replacing or repairing your boiler, consider performing additional home improvements that will increase the efficiency of your home this winter, including air sealing, sealing and insulating your ductwork and upgrading your attic and exterior wall insulation. These steps will boost the efficiency of your heating system, saving you money over its lifetime.

Contact HVAC Unlimited Heating & Air Conditioning if you suspect the boiler in your Arlington home is on the blink.

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