Some houses keep warm in the winter by using furnaces, while others use boilers. Boilers heat up water and dispense it to taps and radiators. Radiators use a heat exchanger that turns water into steam, heating the air. The steam then condenses and returns to the boiler to be heated up all over again. Boilers rely heavily on water, so when your boiler is leaking water from the bottom, you have a problem on your hands.
The heating experts at “Doc” Dancer can make a house call to see what’s wrong with your boiler. With our experience, we can diagnose and treat any leaky or smelly boilers. Give us a call today if you’re experiencing any boiler issues.
What Is Causing My Boiler to Leak from the Bottom?
Leaks are never a good sign. It doesn’t matter if it’s gas or water, both can be dangerous. Since boilers are a mix of water and gas, it’s not a good idea to troubleshoot these elements if you are not 100% confident. When your boiler is leaking from the bottom, troubleshooting the source of the leak can help save time, but ultimately you should call a professional for repairs. “Doc” Dancer knows which leaks are common and which ones could mean trouble.
Boiler pressure release valves can occasionally get clogged up with sediment, which can cause a water leak. Boilers need to release pressure regularly, and, if they cannot release steam, it will release it as water. You can help clear these clogs by turning off your boiler, letting it cool, and then lifting the pressure relief lever and releasing the water for three to four seconds. The water should come out clean. Then shut the valve. If it continues to leak, there is more sediment inside. Repeat this process until it stops leaking. If it does not stop, call “Doc” Dancer.
A common reason for a leaking boiler is corrosion. Corrosion is a big problem and could mean the replacement of your boiler or part of it. Pipes and tanks tend to corrode over time due to the frequent exposure to water at different temperatures. Consult a technician to see how bad the corrosion is and what repairs you will need.
If your boiler is new and you’ve noticed leaks since it’s been installed, there could be an issue with the installation. Occasionally, some joints and pipes aren’t fitted correctly and cause leaks. Call a technician right away to stop these boiler leaks.
Seals between parts and joints wear down over time. Just like your pipes, seals can break over time. A broken seal will spray a lot of water, so you’ll notice it right away. It’s important to get the leaks fixed before they cause water damage.
If the temperature of your boiler is set too high, it might be because of a faulty temperature gauge. This gauge regulates the temperature, and if it is not working properly, it will need to be replaced.
How Do You Fix a Leaky Boiler?
The first thing you should do if you notice a boiler leak is to clean up the water. This will prevent water damage and give you an idea of how fast your boiler is leaking. Then call Fort Wayne’s Trusted HVAC team at “Doc” Dancer. As professionals, we’re trained to work safely with gas and water. We can get the leaking to stop and find the ideal solution to fixing your leaky boiler.
How Can I Keep My Boiler from Leaking Again?
Regular maintenance is key to preventing your boiler from leaking from the bottom. Just like your air conditioner, your boiler should be serviced annually by a reputable service company like “Doc” Dancer. Our professional team can identify potential issues and fix them before they become a problem. Contact “Doc” Dancer today to schedule an appointment.