A boiler furnace is an efficient way to add radiant heat to your home. You can eliminate the allergen hazards of forced air and still enjoy consistent heat in the house. Like with any heating system, you will have some potential issues to watch out for. Understanding the major hazards and how to deal with them can help you protect your home's heating system. For example, your boiler may eventually develop a leak that can threaten the integrity of the entire system. Here's what you need to know about boiler leaks.
Signs Of Boiler Leaks
It's important that you can recognize the signs that your boiler system has a leak. Boiler heating depends on a precise level of water pressure in the system, and when there's a leak, the pressure drops. This reduction in pressure makes your heating inefficient.
Most every boiler system has a water pressure gauge fitted on the outside of the furnace enclosure. Make sure you know what the pressure reading is supposed to be and monitor the gauge periodically. Any drop in pressure is an indication that your boiler may be leaking water.
In addition, you should watch the pad beneath the boiler. Any signs of moisture under the boiler will indicate that the boiler is leaking. When you have the furnace serviced each year, you'll want to ask the technician about the condition of the chambers inside the boiler. If there's any sign of corrosion or damage, you'll need to have it addressed right away to prevent or stop leaks.
How To Deal With Boiler Leaks
It's important that you address a boiler leak immediately. Leaving it unaddressed will put you at risk of complete boiler failure if it should burst. Not to mention, the water will flood the basement or wherever you have the boiler installed.
One of the first things you should consider is putting a stop-leak solution into your boiler. The solution will seal up small punctures and leaks, protecting your boiler from further water loss. However, if the boiler is suffering significant corrosion in the chambers, a leak prevention solution may actually cause further failure because it could push against the weakened material and cause further failure.
You can also talk with your furnace repair technician about replacing the damaged chambers. This is best considered if the rest of the chambers are in good condition and won't be at risk of further damage during the disassembly and repair process. Your furnace repair technician can tell you if this is a logical option for your boiler's condition.