leaking boiler

How to Respond When You Have a Leaking Boiler

A leaking boiler is bad news, and it takes a professional to fix. A heating system repair isn’t something you should take on yourself.

Leaks Lead to Inefficiency

Leaks inside and outside the boiler affect its performance. The system will use more fuel to achieve the same outcome when it’s leaking. Pressure will fluctuate dramatically, and it could overheat. You may only notice you have a leak when you see your heating bill spike.

Check the Pressure Valve

A likely cause of the leak is the internal pressure of the boiler. Typically, boilers maintain a steady water pressure, but over the years, buildup of minerals and scale inside the tank can boost internal pressure. Take a look at the pressure valve reading.

Corrosion Is a Possibility

Rust and corrosion are common causes of a leaking boiler. Sometimes the corrosion eats away at the internal seal or it affects a specific valve — maybe the pump. This may require you to replace the tank, but you won’t know until you have a certified technician check it out.

Any Other Symptoms?

One of the most obvious signs you have a boiler problem is when it stops working. If no water is leaking from the tank, the cause could be a clogged filter or a problem with the air supply. Maybe you suspect it’s on the verge of breaking down because it’s making strange noises — that’s still an indication you should call us immediately.

While leaking water is serious, leaking fuel is even worse. If you smell fuel and see fluid coming from the tank, it’s important to call us right away. This is a fire risk.

Does your boiler have a carbon monoxide alarm located nearby? Make sure you have a CO detector in the house case of a leak. If it goes off, get your family out of the house right away.

Call Our Team

At Roberts Mechanical, we put your safety first. This means making sure you’re not at risk of heat loss or fire. Whether you need annual maintenance or repair or replacement for a leaking boiler, you can count on us for dependable, fast service.