Many New Jersey residents use boilers to heat their water or keep their homes warm during the cold winter months. Numerous models are Energy Star qualified, which helps you save money and energy as you heat your home. However, even with a quality model in your home, time will eventually take its toll on your boiler. Here are two telltale signs that it’s time to get a new boiler. First is a water leak. If you can spot water leaks at the base of your boiler, you should have it attended to as quickly as possible. The slow leak of water may not seem like something that needs immediate attention but ignoring the problem may allow it to escalate into something much worse, like a carbon monoxide leak. This odorless, colorless gas is very dangerous and impossible to perceive without a carbon monoxide detector. The second is an odd noise. If your boiler is making sounds, there may be deposits inside the boiler that are causing uneven water distribution. This results in pockets of water that heat up rapidly and generate hissing and vibrating noises. The overheated water then enters the system again, rapidly condenses, and leads to knocking sounds. There are other causes of boiler noises, but none of them are good. If you hear your boiler hissing, vibrating, knocking, or making other odd noises, you should call a professional for advice. You may have heard stories of boilers catastrophically failing, exploding with huge amounts of force that flood basements and deprive homes of hot water or warm air. While situations like this are certainly possible, it’s much more likely for failure to happen gradually, such as with a slowly worsening water leak or strange sounds. If your boiler starts acting up, don’t hesitate to contact Pipe Works Services. Our experts are trained to provide professional repairs at affordable prices. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about new boilers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!