The Basics Of Home Boiler Leaks

If your home has a boiler system for heat, it's important that you understand the warning signs of leaks and what you should do about it. Since your boiler holds a significant amount of water, addressing a potential leak right away is essential to protecting your home from the risk of water damage. Here's a look at what you should know to keep your home and boiler safe from damage.

Watch Under The Boiler Enclosure

You should make a point to check your boiler unit periodically for any visible signs of leaks. That may even mean taking a flashlight with you to look at the pad beneath the boiler. Make sure that the boiler isn't dripping water underneath the unit. Any visible signs of water, no matter how minor they may seem, could mean that your boiler is leaking.

Have Your Boiler Maintained

In addition to monitoring the condition of the boiler on a regular basis, you should have your boiler maintained at least yearly. The annual maintenance appointments will keep your boiler clean, efficient, and in good condition. Your technician will also be able to identify potential problems before they lead to boiler failure. 

For example, one of the steps in a boiler maintenance appointment is to clean the storage chambers of the boiler. When the technician removes the case panel to access those chambers, he or she can identify early signs of corrosion and other problems that can lead to leaks.

Replace Damaged Chambers

If you have a boiler that's fairly new and you're experiencing problems with damaged chambers, whether they are corroded or cracked, you don't necessarily have to replace the entire boiler. You may be able to replace the damaged chambers to restore your boiler's integrity. 

Just remember that the chambers are attached together with adhesive to create the full unit that sits inside the boiler enclosure. Your technician can separate the adhesive attaching the damaged chambers and replace them with new ones. However, you run the risk of potentially damaging the chambers that are in good condition when you separate them, so be prepared for the possibility that you may need to replace more along the way.

These are some of the most important things to consider when it comes to your home's boiler. Work with an HVAC technician who has boiler experience to ensure that your boiler stays in the best possible condition. Contact a company near you today for more information.