A number of households in Bergen County, NJ use boilers to keep warm in the winter. The system is very simple and inexpensive to use: heating water into steam and sending it through various pipes in your home to warm your different rooms. Trouble can be prevented with timely maintenance from a trained technician, but sometimes, there’s no choice but to deal with a repair call. When that happens, the sooner you can identify a problem the better. This is especially true in the case of leaks, which are common problems in the winter and which can lead to higher bills and other issues if you aren’t careful. Here’s how to tell if you have a leaking boiler.
WET SPOTS AND RUST
In some cases, a leak will present itself with wet spots in the carpet. As steam escapes the system it will coalesce into droplets, which you can spot on the nearby walls of the floor. In other cases, however, the combination of a very small leak like a pinhole leak and the high pressures of the system mean that the released steam will simply evaporate. In those conditions, the best prospect is to look for signs of rust or corrosion nearby, especially along the fittings between different pieces of pipe. If they appear, you may be looking at a leak.
THE PRESSURE GAUGE
The pressure gauge measures the amount of pressure in the system, and should be set at a certain level based on your particular heater’s operational parameters. If that level drops seemingly for no reason, you may be looking at a leak somewhere in the system. Check the pressure gauge, and then check it again a few hours later. If it wavers or drops, you should call in a professional.
The experts at BZ Dependable are here to help with boiler leaks whenever they arise!