How to Handle Common Heating Problems with Your Boiler, Like Corrosion

Boilers have tremendous endurance, and can outlast most other heating systems. The hydronic power of boilers involves few moving mechanical parts, and therefore fewer parts that will wear down and require repairs. This is one of the reasons boilers have remained popular for home heating for well over a century.

However, boilers do have their own set of repair issues to look for. If you have a boiler in Pickering keeping you warm this winter, make sure that it receives regular maintenance and any necessary repairs so that it will last up to and beyond its manufacturer’s estimated lifetime.

Advantage Airtech is here to assist you with your Pickering home’s boiler. Let us help keep it working for many years to come!

Heating problems boilers might experience and what to do about them

  • Corrosion: Because boilers use water, they are at risk from corrosion, which occurs when metal meets water in the presence of oxygen. Corrosion, such as rust, eats away metal and weakens it. This can cause numerous leaks in the system and eventually destroy so much of the water tank that it will require replacement. Boilers have built-in safeguards against corrosion, such as a sacrificial anode, but these need to be maintained and replaced regularly so you can prevent corrosion from getting a hold on your boiler. Aside from maintenance, you need to call professionals to remove corrosion the moment you detect it.
  • Leaking: Corrosion can cause leaks, but there are other problems within a boiler that can lead to leaks as well. A spike in water pressure can cause water to burst out at valves and connections. Water loss from leaks will not only hurt the boiler’s ability to heat, it will also cause damage to construction material. When leaks start, don’t wait to fix them: call in boiler repair specialists to not only seal the leaks, but find out the reason they started in the first place.
  • Limescale: If you have hard water in your home, it can cause a deposit of limescale to build up on the inside of the hot water tank. (The limescale is a product of heating minerals out of hard water.) Limescale is an insulator, and if it lines the tank it will cause an imbalance of temperature and make the boiler overheat. To avoid limescale, you should have the tank flushed regularly during maintenance. If your maintenance technician detects too much scale inside the tank, you will need to schedule de-liming of the tank to avoid future problems.

You need professionals on the job

Boilers may need few repairs, but those repairs aren’t the kind you can do yourself. For your boiler and any other heating services in Pickering, call Advantage Airtech and let our heating experts take care of your repairs and regular maintenance.