Gas-fired boilers are great options for heating water for many homeowners and also have the benefit of being fairly easy to troubleshoot by yourself. The following steps can help you find and fix many common issues that boilers have.

Start at the Thermostat

Sometimes the issue is the simplest thing possible, so start your boiler troubleshooting at the thermostat. If the boiler isn’t coming on, make sure that the thermostat is set higher than room temperature. There’s also the possibility that there is a problem with the thermostat, which you should check for by making sure it is level and that it is installed properly.

Head to the Circulator Pump

Carefully feel the motor on the circulator pump that is part of your boiler. If power is being supplied it should be fairly warm, but if it is cold you need to check and reset the circuit breaker for the boiler.

In other cases, the motor will be hot, but the boiler system isn’t able to send out the hot water. This type of issue is a little more complicated, as either the run capacitor, motor, or another part of the pump could be causing the problem.

Check Your Gauges

Most units will have multiple gauges, but the ones we’re concerned with are the pressure and temperature gauges.

A gauge at either extreme indicates a problem. Most commonly a gauge is at zero, which often indicates that there is a problem. Look at the vent damper to see if it’s open. You should reset the breaker if either of these isn’t working.

These boiler troubleshooting steps won’t solve every problem that your boiler could face, but they will solve many. If you have a problem still at this point, there you may need an HVAC professional. Contact Pipe Works Services for boiler help in your New Jersey home.

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