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What Constitutes A Boiler Emergency?

by Luke Lawson

A boiler can be a great way to heat your home. However, these units need to be properly maintained to keep them working properly. And even if they are properly maintained, you may still encounter issues which causes the boiler not to work properly or not to work at all. If your boiler is not working correctly, you may find yourself wondering if the issue is a boiler emergency or whether it is something that can wait to be looked at during normal repair hours. Here are a few boiler emergencies that you may want an after-hours repair company to take a look at.

Your Boiler Is Not Working At All

If temperatures are freezing and your boiler has stopped working, this may constitute an emergency. Your house will quickly turn cold without the boiler running. After you have verified that the boiler is connected to a heat source and your thermostat is properly set, you will want to call in a professional to examine your unit and determine what is causing the problem. However, it is important to note that if it is not cold and your home is at a comfortable temperature, your boiler not working is not an emergency that needs immediate care. You can wait until regular business hours if your home will maintain a temperature that you can be comfortable in.

You Smell Gas Around Your Boiler

If you smell gas around your boiler, you will want to turn the boiler off immediately as well as turn off the gas line that runs to your boiler. You may have a gas leak in the line that carries the gas to your boiler or in the pilot light, or gas may be building up inside the tank itself. Regardless, you will want a professional to come out, determine what the problem is, and solve it. You do not want gas leaking into your home, as it can make you sick or even kill you.

The Boiler is Leaking Water

The last issue that constitutes a boiler emergency is a boiler that is leaking water. If your boiler is leaking water, it can flood the area where the boiler is housed. Additionally, it is not good for electrical lines or gas lines to be subjected to water. As such, you want to call a professional to drain the tank. A leak may be caused by a small crack or corrosion on the tank. Unfortunately, both problems require your boiler tank to be replaced. The repair company can also replace your boiler tank after draining and removing your old one.

If your boiler is making strange sounds or is not heating up your home as efficiently as it has in the past, you will want to call a repair company to take a look at your unit. However, these are not emergencies that need to be addressed after hours. But, if your unit is not working at all on a cold night, you smell gas coming from or around the unit or the unit is leaking water, you are experiencing a boiler emergency that needs to be addressed right away.