If there is one appliance inside your home that is used more often than others, it’s the boiler. Before purchasing you weighed the pros and cons of boilers but once you are using them you tend to forget to check for any issues. Sometimes we don’t even know that there is something wrong with our boilers unless our water remained cold or it broke down already.
There are warning signs you should look out for in order to prevent your boiler from breaking down expectedly. First is if the radiators do not heat up as fast as it used to. This only means one thing – it is time to get a new boiler. There are many new models that can heat up water fast and instantaneously. In other cases, your boiler could have accumulated a lot of sludge which results to blockage and results to cold spots found in radiators. If the water in the system is dirty, you are setting up your boiler for a long term issue.
A boiler in good condition will not give off any bad smell. If yours does, it is time to call a professional for a checkup. The one thing you want to avoid the most is carbon monoxide leak. Though it is odorless, the boiler can give off smell because of improper burning. Aside from this, there are tell-tale signs of carbon monoxide such as yellow flame are burning inside the boiler and not blue, there is dark soot inside and surrounding the appliance, condensation is higher which is evident in the windows of the house and pilot light is always going out.
If your energy bill for the past few months has been increasing, it is time to inspect your boiler. The older the boiler, the lower its efficiency thus it consumes more energy. You can always check the efficiency of your boiler by checking ErP energy label which indicates the rating.
Puddle of water near your boiler indicates leak. When you have confirmed this, it is time to look for a new boiler. Find a list of models and consider the pros and cons of boilers before buying.