Having a boiler heating system in your home is a great way to keep your home warm consistently throughout the winter season. Additionally, boiler heating systems rely on radiators instead of forced air, which means no contaminants being blown into your home. However, boiler heating systems are at risk of leaks that can be damaging in your home. Here's what you need to know about leaks in your boiler heating system.
Monitor The Water Pressure
Your boiler heating system has a water pressure gauge that tells you the pressure in the closed water circuit. Every boiler heater has a preferred pressure range that the water should maintain. If you notice that the pressure levels drop, that could be an indication that the water levels have dropped as well. Since it's a closed system, that means that there's a leak there somewhere.
You should watch the water pressure gauge on a regular basis and make sure that the gauge is clearly marked with the recommended readings for when the system is cold versus when it is warm. Any time your pressure gauge drops outside of this range, you should reach out to a heating repair technician for help.
Watch The Area Around The Boiler
When your boiler is leaking, it can be hard to spot the signs of the leak until it becomes significant. After all, most hot water boiler furnaces are installed on a concrete pad. That pad will absorb small amounts of water fairly quickly, which means that you may not see the signs of trouble until the leak becomes severe.
However, if you are attentive to the conditions around and underneath your boiler, you can often spot the moisture underneath before it's all absorbed into the concrete. As soon as you see moisture present under the boiler, you should reach out to a heating repair technician to help you spot the source of the leak.
Keep Up With Routine Maintenance
Many times, the earliest signs of a leak in your boiler are hidden inside the furnace cabinet. These indications will become evident, however, during your annual maintenance appointment. You can schedule both pre-season and post-season maintenance to ensure that your furnace is clean.
During these maintenance appointments, your heating repair technician will take the cabinet off to access the boiler components. If the leak is in an early stage, he or she will often be the first to see it through this process.