Keeping your boiler system in good condition saves time, money, and discomfort – particularly during the winter. But, what if you need an emergency boiler repair? If you’ve noticed leaking, strange sounds, or unusual smells, chances are that you do. Here, we’ll offer 4 key tips to help you rectify any boiler issue quickly and efficiently, ensuring you and your family members are warm and comfortable.
1. Monitor leaks.
Common boiler emergencies surround water leaks. Whether it’s excessive leaking from the pressure relief valve, heat exchanger, or pump, you’ll need to shut off the water supply and turn off the boiler. Clean up as much water as you can and let the remaining water in the system drain into a bucket. During freezing temperatures, make sure your home is heated in order to prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting. If a pipe does burst, you need to shut off the main water supply for the home.
2. Assess the smell of gas.
If you start to faintly smell gas, you should shut down your boiler. If the smell of gas is very strong, you’re dealing with a high-risk situation and should evacuate the area immediately. Once evacuated call Enbridge, they'll send someone to perform a leak search to determine if the leak is coming from the city supply side or the homeowner's side. A city supply leak will be repaired by the city, and a leak on the homeowner's side (after the gas meter) will have to be paid out-of-pocket by the homeowner.
3. Open your ears.
Boilers aren’t the quietest of heating systems, but sudden loud and odd noises can indicate a serious problem. If you’ve heard strange noises coming from your boiler, it’s a smart idea to get in touch with expert technicians. In many cases, boilers make odd noises, such as hissing, because some aspect of the system is broken. If you are very concerned about the noise, we recommend having a professional inspect the system before serious problems arise.
4. Heat your home.
Having no heat, especially during freezing temperatures, is the most common reason for emergency boiler repair. When it’s freezing outside, you must keep your house warm – even if that means using space heaters – to prevent your water pipes from bursting. Next, you’ll want to call a reliable HVAC company to service and repair your boiler.
If you keep these 4 important emergency boiler repair tips in mind, your repair will be as smooth as possible. Understanding what’s unsafe and how to best handle those situations is essential when it comes to your comfort and well-being, along with your family’s. Stay alert to stay warm.
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