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Signs That Your Boiler Needs Repair


It’s important to keep an eye out for any potential signs that your boiler may need to be repaired. These signs can help you avoid expensive repairs or, even worse, a total boiler breakdown.

Some common signs that your boiler needs repair include:

Strange noises coming from the boiler, such as rumbling or rattling.

If you hear strange noises coming from your boiler, it’s definitely time to call in a professional. These noises can be indicative of a serious problem, such as a cracked heat exchanger or another component. Don’t just ignore these sounds as it may over time become a far bigger issue than just noise.


Even a small leak can be a sign of a bigger problem with your boiler. If you notice any leaks, no matter how small, be sure to call in a professional to take a look. Left unrepaired, these leaks can cause extensive damage to your boiler and your home.

Delays in heating

If it’s taking longer than usual for your home to heat up, this could be a sign of a problem with your boiler. While there are many potential causes of this issue, it’s best to have a professional take a look to ensure that the problem is addressed as quickly as possible.

Strange smells coming from the boiler

If you notice any strange smells coming from your boiler, it’s important to shut it down immediately and call in a professional. These smells could indicate that there is a gas leak, which can be incredibly dangerous.

Higher than usual energy bills

If you notice a sudden spike in your energy bills, this could be a sign that your boiler is not operating as efficiently as it should be. This issue should be addressed as soon as possible to help you avoid paying more than you need to for your energy costs.

If you notice any of these signs, don’t hesitate to call in a professional for assistance. By addressing the problem early on, you can help prevent it from becoming a more serious and expensive issue.

Maintenance Tips

There are certain things that you can do to help avoid these problems beginning at all. Here are a few of them:

1. Schedule an annual tune-up: This tune-up will help to ensure that your boiler is operating as efficiently as possible and that all of the vital components are in good working order.

2. Keep an eye on the pressure gauge: If you notice that the pressure in your boiler is dropping, this could be a sign of a leak.

3. Test the safety valves regularly: These valves are designed to release excess pressure from the boiler if it gets too high. By testing them regularly, you can be sure that they are in good working order and will be able to do their job if needed. When you have your boiler serviced by the professionals, they will check this (well, they should).

By following these simple tips, you can help to keep your boiler in good working order and avoid the need for repairs.

Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning is your trusted resource for services on boilers in Chicago and beyond. Contact us today!

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