Because of the especially cold winter weather in my local area, a boiler is an ideal heating system.
One of the only drawbacks of a boiler is the lack of cooling capacity.
This type of system easily handles outdoor temperatures in the negative digits, providing a quiet, clean and consistent source of heating. By using water to convey heat energy, a boiler doesn’t cause temperature fluctuations or concerns with overly dry air. There are no unpleasant temperature fluctuations, cold spots or influx of air contaminants. Boilers are known for their reliability and long lifespans. However, like any system that carries a heavy workload, boiler heating units can experience problems now and then. There is the potential for the system to fail to provide heat. While this would initially seem like a major worry, it is typically a minor HVAC service. It’s possible that the thermostat isn’t set to heating mode, isn’t set to the desired temperature or needs the batteries replaced. There could be air trapped in the system, obstructing the proper flow of hot water. The homeowner can either bleed the radiators or schedule boiler service with a professional. Insufficient water pressure can also negatively impact the boiler’s ability to heat the home. Adjusting the pressure gaze to the recommended level is a simple task. If the circulator pump that moves hot water through the system should fail, it’s necessary to consult a certified HVAC technician for boiler service. If the boiler should make a banging, gurgling or whistling noise, there’s an issue that needs to be solved. Banging or knocking sounds can be due to a buildup of limescale or trapped air. Gurgling sounds can be the result of air trapped in the pipes or a blockage. To avoid common boiler malfunctions, I schedule annual tune-ups from a local HVAC contractor.