Boiler Maintenance Part 2: Where’s the heat?

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If you’re feeling that arctic air blowing through the streets of the GTA, that’s because winter is still here. It’s not leaving anytime soon either, so you’ll want to be ready and boiler maintenance is a great way. Don’t worry, we’ve taken a bit of time to shed some light on some more of your boiler questions.

Have a look below to put your mind at ease when it comes to finding out what’s wrong with your boiler.

Thermostat Telling You It’s Warmer Than It Really Is?

Chilly? Head over to the thermostat and turn it up. But what if your thermostat doesn’t produce the results you want?

The simple answer here is that not everything lasts forever. Especially in the GTA and Toronto. Yes, that does sound a bit clichéd but think about when your thermostat was installed. If it’s been years, it might be wear and tear. If it’s only been a few months, you may want to book some maintenance. This goes for boilers and furnaces alike. No matter how good they’re running, the thermostat is the gatekeeper between hot and cold. You’ll want to call a Toronto boiler maintenance expert to take a look or advise you.

Radiators Giving You The Cold Shoulder?

Ok, thermostat is working fine but radiators still aren’t working. No problem. There are a couple of things you can do. Please note that, while we have total faith in you, we always recommend asking someone with experience for help or hiring a professional before attempting to fix or troubleshoot something in your home. Boilers, radiators, furnaces or any other big component in your home is nothing to play with, so make sure to always be careful. No need to void any warranties or make matters worse. With that reminder out-of-the-way, a wonky radiator might be the result of air building up. This built up air can push the water downward and reduce the output of heat throughout the entire radiator. Not enough hot water leads to a cooler room.

You’ll want to check out the process of bleeding your radiator. A bit of homework is required here for those of you who haven’t done this before. To keep things simple, bleeding requires a radiator key and a cloth to catch any excess water. You’ll want to plug the key into the valve and give it about half of a turn (counter-clockwise). This should let a bit of steam out to reduce the pressure built up in there. Make sure to wipe away any water drops that may also squeeze out.

Bleeding your radiator isn’t a guaranteed fix. Often times, the issue is more serious and requires the opinion of an expert in boiler maintenance.

Something’s Frozen

Despite our best efforts, most vehicles have an exhaust pipe. This allows the vehicle to spout off what the vehicle doesn’t need. Your boiler has a condensate pipe to help expel any acidic water away from the unit. You should see a pipe running from the boiler to a drain outside your home. Due to the drain being outdoors, this pipe is susceptible to freezing.

If your condensate pipe does freeze, there are quick ways to address the problem. Online tutorials suggest pouring warm water over the pipe to thaw it. Please feel free to give this a try if you’re comfortable doing so. If not, don’t be shy about calling a Toronto boiler maintenance expert.

Boiler Pro: Toronto Boiler Maintenance Experts

Now that you are a bit more familiar with common boiler and radiator problems, we hope we’ve put some of your concerns to rest. Knowing the problem is half the battle, and we are happy to share our 30 years of experience with you. Making sure our customers stay informed is a big part of what we do as Toronto boiler maintenance experts. Feel free to check out all the Boiler Pro services we have to offer or give us a call at 647-547-6078 if you have any specific questions or problems regarding boilers, furnaces, and more.

Contact Boiler Pro today for more information or to set up an appointment: 647-547-6078