Does your home heat slowly? Have you found leaking water, heard strange noises, or smelled something unpleasant? These are all signs of a problem with the boiler in your home. If you’re experiencing an issue with your boiler, it’s best to enlist the help of a trained professional. Our team of licensed technicians offers reliable boiler repair services in areas such as Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. At Horizon Services, we’ve been providing top-quality boiler repair services for over 30 years and we’re ready to help you get back to living in comfort and warmth. Give our team a call to receive assistance with a malfunctioning boiler system.
5 Common Boiler Issues & How to Fix Them
The best way to assess your boiler’s issue is to have a trained technician out to diagnose it. Here are the five most common types of boiler issues you may be experiencing.
1. Water Leaks
Corrosion around the pipes can cause water to leak out of the boiler. If the pressure relief valve is leaking, that means the pressure in the system is too high. A worn-off pump seal could be causing the leak. Or, the leak could be from how the boiler was installed. An expert technician will be able to tell you what is causing the leak and what the next steps are.
2. Low Pressure
The ideal boiler pressure is 1.5. If the pressure is lower than 1, that’s when the boiler malfunctions. A leak, the radiator, or a faulty part could all be the culprit of the low pressure. When your boiler has low pressure it’s always smart to get it checked out by a certified technician.
3. No Heat or Warm Water
If your boiler no longer produces heat or warm water, the source of the issue may be low pressure, faulty valves, broken airlocks, or a defective thermostat. We offer exceptional emergency boiler repair services in areas such as Newark, Allentown, Trenton, Baltimore, Wilmington, and Bensalem. If you are not receiving hot water in your kitchen or bathroom, give our team a call by phone to schedule an appointment. Our technicians have the tools and equipment necessary to fix your damaged boiler system.
4. Ice On Condensate Pipes
In cold temperatures, the pipes that transport the condensate from the boiler to the outside drain can sometimes freeze and block up the pipe. Then when the condensate travels back up into the boiler the blockage prevents the boiler from working properly. Defrosting the pipes can solve this problem.
5. Radiator Issues
Inside the radiator, air or sludge can build up and cause cold patches or heat to be dispersed unevenly in the home. If this is the issue, it’s time to schedule a technician to come for a tune-up.
Types of Boilers
All boilers operate in a similar fashion. They heat water and disperse that heat throughout the home with a radiator. The system recycles the cooled-off water to reheat again. It’s always good to know what kind of boiler you have in your home.
- Steam boilers heat water to create steam. That steam moves through the house’s radiator.
- Hot water boilers heat water to get pumped through the radiators or baseboards.
- Natural gas boilers use natural gas to light the heating coils in the boiler, which pass the heat to the tank’s water. Most modern boilers run on natural gas.
- Oil boilers pump oil into the boiler to heat water, which then gets sent through the pipes. Oil boilers are more common in rural areas with limited access to natural gas.
- Electric boilers use electricity instead of gas or oil, making them more environmentally friendly and efficient.
- Condensing boilers heat water before going into the radiator.
Boilers vs Furnaces
At Horizon Services we want you to choose the best way to heat your home. To help you choose the correct type of heating system, we have created an outline of the differences between boilers and furnaces. Boilers use steam and hot water to heat your home while a furnace uses hot air. Here are some benefits to choosing a boiler:
Boilers are designed to distribute heat into the existing air in your home. On the other hand, a furnace is engineered to circulate warm air to each room in your house through a network of air ducts. A disadvantage of investing in a furnace includes excess dust or allergens in the air you breathe. A large number of homeowners choose to purchase a boiler because it circulates less contaminants into the air. Our team offers dependable boiler repair services in areas such as Middletown, Baltimore, Allentown, Edison, Wilmington, Upper Darby, and Newark. Our staff will perform an inspection of your boiler to diagnose and resolve issues. Give our technicians a call by phone to receive help with a malfunctioning boiler.
Heat from a radiator feels fresh, making everyone more comfortable. The air is dispersed more evenly as opposed to a system where the heat is coming from the ductwork.
With boilers, you can easily customize and program the thermostat based on which parts of the home need to be heated.
Furnaces produce noise as it operates that can be heard throughout the home. The noise a boiler makes is confined to the boiler itself, which should be music to your ears.
Boiler Repair Services From Horizon Services
No matter what issue your boiler is causing you, the team at Horizon Services can help turn the heat back up. We understand how important a working boiler is to the comfort and safety of your household. We work quickly and efficiently to carry out any necessary repairs.
Our local service technicians receive extensive, ongoing technical and customer service training. Our team offers fast and convenient emergency boiler repair services in areas such as Haverford, Wilmington, Baltimore, Trenton, Allentown, Newark, and Edison. We are well-equipped to handle a wide range of boiler problems with state-of-the-art equipment. We offer same-day service to ensure that you and your family stay warm and comfortable all year round.
Horizon Services can help:
- Increase the efficiency of your boiler
- Ensure that your home remains warm and comfortable
- Save you money on energy costs and system replacement
- Keep your boiler working properly
- Resolve minor issues before they become major problems
- Reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
- Extend the lifespan of your boiler
With locations throughout New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, find top-rated boiler repair technicians near you that can provide same-day repairs, tune-ups, and next-day installations. Call us at 1-800-642-4419 for fast, reliable emergency heating services.
Updates to the Regional HVAC Equipment Efficiency and Testing Standards
Effective January 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will update its efficiency and testing standards for residential and commercial HVAC equipment. All regulatory changes will differ by product type and region. Since the updated standards will result in price increases across all HVAC contractors, now is the time to buy the equipment you need for your home or business.
The minimum efficiency standards for residential and commercial air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will increase production efficiency and national energy savings while decreasing national energy consumption.
Northern U.S. & Canada
All split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2023, must meet the updated standards. However, split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured before January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 13 SEER to 15 SEER in these regions.
Split-system air conditioners manufactured before January 1, 2023, can’t be installed once the updated standards take effect. All installations of products that don’t meet the new standards must be completed by December 31, 2022. However, split-system heat pumps, single-packaged air conditioners, and single-packaged heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 14 SEER to 15 SEER in both the Southwest and Southeast regions.
In addition to higher minimum efficiency standards, the M1 testing procedures used for residential and 3 to 5-ton light commercial, single-phase equipment manufactured on or after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will produce more accurate SEER, EER, and HSPF efficiency ratings. Manufacturers will be required to re-test equipment using the new M1 Standard requirements as well as publish equipment efficiency ratings using the new efficiency metrics of SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2.