No one likes to feel cold in their own home during the winter months. We have a boiler system in place, so we not only have heat and comfort, we can take warm baths and showers. If you are suddenly experiencing a cold home, or your water has turned frigid mid-shower, you may need a boiler repair. However, before making an emergency call, you may want to see if you can fix the problem on your own. By checking these five key things, you can save time, money and aggravation.
Check the power switch
The very first thing you should check is the power switch. There would be nothing more embarrassing than calling for emergency service and having to pay the technician big bucks just to flick on a switch. If the power switch is on, try turning it off, wait a few minutes and then turn it on again. If there is still no heat, then a service call may be required, but you should still check out all of the below before making that call.
Check the Fuse switch
You may have had a short power outage and did not realize it. Go to your electrical panel and check the breaker switch. If the breaker switch is in the off position, simply turn it up. If this still doesn’t kick on your boiler, then you may need to call for emergency service. However, continue to rule out any other issues before calling for emergency boiler service.
Check the settings on your thermostat
You should make sure that your thermostat has been set correctly. Check to ensure that the thermostat is on the HEAT setting or in AUTO position. Also, check the batteries inside the thermostat. You should keep an extra set of batteries on hand for a quick fix should the battery go dead. Try to kick on the boiler by raising the thermostat above room temperature. Most thermostats will click on within a few seconds, but you should wait at least 5 minutes. If the heat does not kick on within 5 minutes, you may have to call for service.
Check your fuel oil supply
You may think you have enough fuel, but in very cold winter months, you can run out of your fuel supply quickly, especially if you aren’t on automatic delivery. If you have discovered you have run out of fuel oil, you should contact your fuel oil company to make a delivery. Don’t wait too long especially if the cold temperatures are at extreme levels. Not only will you be cold, but you can also run the risk of frozen pipes which can burst. Pipes that burst can be very expensive to replace and fix.
Check the pilot light
If you have a gas burner, the pilot light could have gone out. A defunct pilot light can happen if there is not enough oil or if it needs to be cleaned. Residue and corrosion can put your pilot light out of commission. Do not attempt to light the pilot on your own. At this point, you should make a boiler service call if you have replenished the oil and it still doesn’t work after re-starting it.
If all of the above fails, get in touch with a plumber who’s experienced with boilers and can diagnose the issue. If the problem is severe enough you may even need to contact an amityville plumber to help you install an entirely new boiler.