Most homes in the United States are heated using either furnaces or boilers. As the heating season approaches and you are getting your system in order to be used during the coldest months of the year, there are some things you should look for when you first fire up your system.

It’s not uncommon for a few minor issues to arise when you first fire up your system at the beginning of the season. Unfortunately, these issues are usually found when its already cold outside, which is why it is important to test your system now while there is still time to make repairs.

It is important to know what kind of boiler you have in your home.  The most common type of system today is forced hot air, however, steam and hot water boilers are popular as well. There are a few items that will help you tell apart a hot water and steam boiler. For instance, if you don’t have a circulator pump in your system but you have a clear glass tube on the side of your boiler, you have a steam boiler. This information is important should you need to call a technician for troubleshooting or repairs.

Here is a checklist of items you should check before calling the Nauman Mechanical service department:

1. Check Your Pilot Light

The problem could be something as simple as a draft blowing the pilot light out or debris clogging the gas delivery nozzle. Checking your system’s pilot light can save you a lot of stress and money that would have been spent on a diagnostic fee from your HVAC and Plumbing company.

2. Investigate Loss in Pressure

Loss in pressure can occur if there is a water leak somewhere in the system. However, the pressure loss can also occur if the system has a faulty pressure relief value. To determine the cause, we recommend you contact a professional like Nauman Mechanical to pinpoint what exactly is causing the issue and repair the problem. If you have a steam boiler, you can check the water level at the site glass, which should be filled up 3/4 of the way.

3. Faulty Thermostat

If your thermostat in inaccurate or is not operating properly, it may need to be replaced.

4. Noises

If you hear a deep rumbling noise coming from your boiler, the sound you are hearing is called kettling. This sound indicates that there is a problem with limescale build up and the system is in need of a good cleaning.

Our service department can help answer any of your questions and diagnose your boiler issues. Call Nauman Mechanical at 570-476-7515