Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Boiler Repair’

Signs You Might Need Boiler Repairs

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

If you asked us what one of the most dependable types of heating systems is, we’d definitely say the boiler system. Since they need fewer moving parts than more conventional systems like heat pumps or furnaces, boilers tend to accumulate less wear and tear, and have a longer lifespan.

But, like any other important home appliance, boiler systems still need repairs on occasion. Read on as we uncover some of the signs that your boiler needs repairs sooner rather than later.

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Signs Your Boiler Is in Trouble

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Pressure gauge process for monitored condition.Chances are, if you have a boiler you’re relying on to effectively heat your home, you also want it to do so as affordably as possible. If this is the case, it’s important to care for your boiler properly. This starts with professional installation from a highly trained and experienced team of heating professionals, and following up with proper maintenance, and boiler repair in Evanston, IL when needed.

Speaking of boiler repairs, these are pretty sturdy systems. However, even with diligent care, there’s always a chance that something will go amiss. As a result, your boiler will wear down to the point that it will need to be replaced. To give your system the longest life possible, you can and should tackle repair needs ASAP. But do you know the signs you have a boiler problem to begin with?

Here are some!

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6 Signs Your Boiler is Struggling

Monday, January 1st, 2018

white question mark on blue backgroundThe only way that your boiler system has any hope of working as it is supposed to is if you care for it properly. This means many things: that it should be professionally installed, that you should schedule routine maintenance for the system, and that you should only trust professionals for adequate Evanston, IL boiler repair.

Of course, it’s also important to remember that even with this level of care, there’s still a chance that something will go wrong with your boiler system in the future, and eventually it will wear down to the point that it may need major repairs, or even replacement. However, do you know what indicators to look for when it comes to a boiler that’s struggling to do its job effectively and efficiently anymore? Check out these 6 signs, below.

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Signs of a Boiler in Distress

Monday, February 27th, 2017

boiler-distress-signsA boiler can only be as efficient as it’s meant to be if it’s properly cared for. This means that it should be professionally installed, repaired, and maintained by experienced technicians for it to perform at its best.

It’s also important to remember that even with quality Winnetka, IL boiler services, there’s still the chance that something will eventually go wrong with your heating system, and eventually your boiler will wear down to the point that it needs to be replaced.

But do you know what signs to look for when it comes to determining if your boiler is, in fact, in distress?

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Boiler Problems to Watch For

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Boilers are known for their resilience, which they owe mainly to their few moving parts. Fewer moving parts means fewer ways for things to go wrong. However, that doesn’t make boilers immune to problems. There are still all kinds of ways for issues to affect the boiler. Since boiler problems are just as progressive as problems for any other heating system, you should make sure that you call for repairs as soon as you notice anything wrong. Let’s take a look at some of the common boiler problems you should watch for.

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The Problem of Boiler Kettling

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Have you ever noticed your boiler rumbling like a giant teapot? It can be more than a little unsettling the first time it happens, but don’t worry too much. Your boiler isn’t going to explode at any moment. It is, however, having a serious issue that needs to be dealt with. That rumbling sound is known as “kettling,” and it can cause a full system breakdown if it isn’t dealt with soon. Let’s take a look at what causes boiler kettling, and what you can do about it.

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Repairs That a Boiler May Need

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Boilers have heated homes in Chicagoland for many decades, and they remain popular even with many other heating options available such as heat pumps and furnaces. One of the advantages of boilers that keeps them competitive in the HVAC market is that they require fewer repairs than most systems. But fewer is much different than none, and you may at some point find your boiler isn’t living up to performance expectations. When that happens, call on heating professionals to provide you with the necessary repairs.

For professional boiler repair service in Glenview, IL or other parts of Chicagoland, call up the company with more than a century of experience with heating and cooling: Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer 24-hour emergency service for your convenience and peace of mind.

Some common boiler repairs

  • Fixing leaks: Leaking most often occurs because of poor initial installation (one of the many reasons you must always seek experienced professionals for this job), with poor soldering on the connectors causing water to escape. Water may also start to leak due to spikes in pressure. Never allow leaks to continue without immediate repairs, since they not only indicate serious problems with the boiler, but they can lead to water damage.
  • Cleaning the burners: For natural gas boilers—the most popular type—dirt and grime can accumulate across the burners and make it difficult for the burners to ignite. This will lead to a loss of heat. You should never try to make any repairs to a gas boiler yourself: allow the professionals to remove the burner and clean it, or remove any rust flakes that are interfering with its performance.
  • Descaling the tank: If your home has issues with hard water, this can have a negative effect on the water heater. Limescale from the minerals in hard water will start to build-up along the inside of the tank. Because limescale is an insulator, this accumulation can cause a temperature imbalance in the tank that will create a rise in pressure. Repair technicians will flush the tank and descale it to resolve the problem.

Make certain that you watch for signs that your boiler needs to have attention from repair professionals: strange rumbling noises from the tank, an unexplained increase in energy bills, and a loss of heating power in the home. Call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning right away, and our skilled technicians will come to your house and restore your boiler in no time at all.

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How Boiler Pipes Get Clogged

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

We’ll bet that if you have a boiler installed in your home, you have rarely needed to schedule serious repairs for it. The reason for this is that boilers contain fewer mechanical moving parts than other home heating systems, so they do not wear down as fast.

Still, you will occasionally need repairs, and one cause for calling up technicians to get your boiler work again is clogging inside the pipes. Clogs can happen to any system that uses pipes. Because the water in a boiler moves in a closed system, you won’t experience as many clogs as say, a kitchen sink, which has new material introduced into all the time.

So how do clogs in boilers happen? We’ll look at some of the main causes. When you need boiler repair in Glenview, IL, whether it’s for clogs, overheating, corrosion, or anything else, a qualified and trained HVAC specialist should be consulted to help you fix the damages. Call up Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning to get professional help with any issues with the boiler pipe.

Some causes of boiler pipe clogs

Hard water is one of the main reasons for blogs in boiler pipes. Hard water contains a high level of mineral content, and if hard water was originally put into your boiler, it will eventually cause problems throughout the system, such as overheating in the tank. The minerals in hard water will leave deposits in the pipe walls, and should these become thick enough, it can cause clogging to occur. The best way to stop this is to have a repair technician flush out the system and replace it with softer water.

Rust is another common culprit for pipe clogs. Boilers are designed to resist rust as much as possible, but rust will start if too much oxygen gets mixed into the system. Repairs will be necessary not only to eliminate the clogs, but also to find out what has caused the rust to start.

Another possibility is that sediment from underground has entered the pipes. If some of the boiler pipes run underground, a break or leak will cause dirt and debris to infiltrate. Not only can this cause clogging, but it will result in a sediment build-up inside the water tank, which can lead to overheating.

Call boiler repair professionals

Just because boilers do not often require repairs, doesn’t mean that the repairs they do need are easy to do. If you think you’ve got boiler pipe clogs interfering with your system, or if your boiler shows any signs of malfunctioning (rumbling, leaking, loss of heating) call a heating specialist for boiler repair in Glenview, IL. Make your first call to Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning, where we’ve kept boilers working smoothly since 1904.

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Common Causes of Boiler Leaks

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Here in Skokie, IL, boiler repair services need to be on call during these cold winter months. Problems with your boiler only become more troublesome and urgent in the winter, when the snows fall and you need your heating system to be at its best. Boiler leaks are among the most common repair calls this time of year, exacerbated by months of idle use for your boiler followed by regular daily activity as the temperatures drop and you need your home to be warm and comfortable. Boiler leaks are a tremendous pain, and if you detect them you need to shut down your system and call a repair service immediately. But it’s helpful to know what some of the common causes of boiler leaks are, which can help you identify the source of the problem quickly.

In many cases, older boilers suffer the most potential for leaks, thanks to the inevitable wear and tear of age. Unless it’s regularly maintained, your boiler will inevitably develop rusty areas and overall corrosion. Eventually, the rust will create breaches in the system and leaks will inevitably result. Pay particular attention to corrosion around fittings and seals. They’re the areas most likely to develop a breach.

Beyond that, the key culprit in boiler leaks is excessive pressure, which can exacerbate rusty spots in older boilers and place undue strain on the system with new ones. High pressure can do more than create leaks; in the worst cases it can cause an explosion. In particular, look for clogs or other stoppages in your outlet pipe, which releases pressure from the system. If it gets backed up, then you’re likely to face leaks and other serious concerns throughout your system.

The bad news is that leaks are serious problems. The good news is that they can be handled by professionals. Boiler repair and other heating services are covered in Skokie by Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. We can hunt down common causes of boiler leaks – and even not-so-common ones – then conduct repairs with thoroughness and efficiency. If boiler leaks are becoming a problem, then call us today to schedule a repair session. You’ll be glad that you did!

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Common Boiler Problems

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Boilers have provided heating for homes in Illinois for well over a century. There are good reasons that the ol’ boiler has hung around as long as it has. Boilers provide even and effective warmth without the air quality worries that you sometimes encounter with furnaces. Because they have few moving parts, boilers do not age as fast as other types of heating systems and usually last for many years with only a few repair needs. However, no heating system is indestructible. At some point, you will need boiler repair in Lincolnwood, IL.

When you do, trust to a company that’s been in business installing and repairing boilers since ’04… that’s 1904: Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning.

Here are the most common problems we see in boilers when we do repairs:


If the underground pipes in your home develop breaks, it can cause sediment to enter the boiler’s water tank. When the sediment begins to build up, it will reduce the water volume in the tank—causing the water to overheat and spiking the pressure to the point where it can cause serious leaks. Flushing the tank will remedy this problem most of the time. Make sure you get regular maintenance on your boiler, since flushing the system is a regular part of an inspection and tune-up.


Any place where metal meets water can lead to corrosion, a chemical reaction that will severely weaken your boiler’s water tank and cause it to start leaking. An anode rod on the top of the water tank helps prevent corrosion from getting inside, but if this rod rusts through entirely, the boiler will be at risk. If you get corrosion attended to early enough, technicians will usually have few problems removing the affected parts and replacing them. If the corrosion continues for too long, however, it could mean need to replace the whole tank.

Failed pilot light

This occurs in gas-powered burners, the most common models. If the burner develops too much grime, it can cut off the oxygen necessary for the pilot light to ignite, which will keep the burners from turning on. There might also be a problem with the gas line. If you can’t get a pilot light relit after it goes out, don’t try to fiddle with the burner or the gas line: get an HVAC specialist on the job.

If possible, you want your boiler to work past its manufacturer’s estimated lifespan. To help it do that, make sure you schedule repairs as soon as you need them. Also sign up for a maintenance program that will see that your boiler gets an annual inspection and any necessary tune-ups. With proper care from Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning, you should have few worries: so call us today for your Lincolnwood, IL heating service needs!

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