3 Signs Your Boiler Needs a Tune Up

During the cold months an efficient boiler is the difference between comfort and possible life threatening conditions.Knowing when to have your boiler checked is vital to keeping it running efficiently.

First of all, your pilot light should always remain blue. If you check your boiler and notice a yellow flame, do not ignore this important sign. This color flame indicates a problem with the balance of gases being released. This could stay minor or explode. Either way, a check is in order because a yellow pilot light could very well indicate the presence of Carbon Monoxide which is extremely unsafe inside of your home. Moreover, this could lead to breathing issues in the family. If your family is experiencing a higher than normal number of cases of breathing issues and chest issues, it’s important to check the boiler and, if necessary (if a yellow pilot light is present) call a professional to immediately come and fix the problem.

While a boiler is not necessarily quiet, too much noise can be a big problem. A loose belt or a faulty ignition switch needs to be replaced before they completely go out. Sometimes a problem that is left unchecked will cause much more damage than would be, if the issue was resolved early on. Other faulty components could include your thermostat, ductwork, and pilot lights. These components, if not running at peak performance, will lead to long-term problems as well as a sky high electric bill.

Finally, if you’ve had multiple problems in the past year or so, it may be time to tune-up or even replace your boiler. Multiple issues involving different components of a boiler system may indicate an outdated system, or at the very least a broken down system on its last leg. If replacing parts is a normal occurrence, it may be time to have a professional come to your home and do a thorough tune-up and check-up.

Use your common sense. If your bill is incredibly higher than last month, there’s an issue. If you’re hearing unusual sounds or smelling musty or foul odors, there’s a big issue. Keep your unit running efficiently and your family safe by requesting a tune-up every two months, regardless of the perceived condition of your unit.

Is the boiler in your London home in need of repairs? Call City Gas Services at 020 8882 2266 and schedule a service call today!

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