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Is Your Boiler Struggling to Keep Up?

boiler-pressure-gaugeNo matter what type of heating system you have, it can only operate as efficiently and effectively as it is supposed to if it is properly cared for. Boiler systems are no exception! They should be installed, repaired, and maintained by highly trained and experienced heating professionals so they can function as they’re meant to.

It’s important to remember, too, that even with high-quality installation and services, there’s still a chance that something will go amiss that will require boiler repair, or even boiler replacement when it wears down enough. But do you know how to spot the signs that your boiler system is struggling to keep up?

First, Consider Its Age

First, it’s important to look at how old your boiler system is. This will help you, and our team, determine if the following indicators we’re about to name are signs that your boiler needs repair, or if boiler replacement will benefit you more. When well-maintained, the average boiler can last about 15 years. Depending on the manufacturer, some can last even longer than that—up to 20 years, potentially.

If you have a boiler system that’s over 15 years old, then any repair signs it shows at this point can instead be indicators that your boiler is just about ready for an upgrade. Read on to learn what these repair signs are.

Foul Smells

Have you noticed any unfamiliar or even unpleasant odors coming from the direction of your boiler system? These odors can be the sign of a gas leak, which needs to be repaired right away for safety reasons. Even if it isn’t a gas leak, bad smells can be the result of a ventilation system issue within your home, that we may be able to help you resolve.


Leaks from your boiler system are never good news. Not only can leaks cause property damage in your home, but they can also be the sign that something has gone wrong inside the boiler system—and that something may be impacting your system efficiency, too. The only place on your boiler that you should ever see water dripping from is from the pressure relief valve. If you discover it anywhere else, it’s time to give our team a call.

Temperature Problems

If the water coming out of your boiler system is usually colder, or hotter, than the temperature it’s supposed to be, then you likely have a problem on your hands. The water is probably not circulating as it is supposed to be, which means your boiler cannot heat your home consistently.

High Energy Bills

It’s only natural that your utility bills will rise in the winter when you’re using your heating system. What’s not normal though is if your bills are a lot higher than they were this same time last year. This is a sign that your boiler might not be working as efficiently as it should be. There are various potential causes for this, and the only way to know for sure what it is and get it repaired is to call the professionals.

Established in 1912, Max Sr & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, A Corp. is your trusted resource for reliable boiler repair in Kenilworth.

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