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Leaks, Kettling, and Water Hammer Problems

Some heater problems are worse than others and we are highlighting three that you should watch out for if you have a boiler. Things like leaks, kettling, and water hammer problems can really put a damper on your holiday spirit. 

But if you notice any of the signs listed below, you can give our team a call to schedule boiler repair in Salt Lake City and stay ahead of heater problems. Keep reading to learn more about some common boiler problems and why you need to address them immediately if you notice the warning signs.

Boiler Leaks

You may not think that a leak is a huge deal since a boiler is a water appliance. Isn’t a leak bound to happen from time to time? You may be tempted to ignore a leak if it is minor or even fix it yourself. However, your boiler needs to be airtight for optimal operation and requires professional maintenance. Air getting into your boiler could lead to corrosion, impact pressure levels and even change water flow. 

Plus a leak is costing you money. Water that is leaking out of your boiler has to be replaced, ultimately increasing your water bill. If a leak gets significant enough to damage an area of your home, you may be left with renovation costs associated with replacing or repairing floors and walls near your boiler.

Boiler Kettling

Kettling is a sound that your boiler makes similar to the sound of tea in a kettle. The sound is comparable to a tapping, rattling, or even a knocking sound, depending on how significant it gets. Kettling is caused by the mineral buildup from hard water. If your home’s water source is hard, that means it has a higher-than-normal mineral content. 

While you may not be able to see these minerals when you pour a glass of water, over time they can create a buildup inside of your plumbing systems, like your boiler. When the heating elements warm up to heat the water, it stirs up these minerals to create the kettling sound. You may be thinking that the sound doesn’t bother you too much, but that does not mean you should ignore it. 

These minerals can cause corrosion inside of your boiler that leads to rust and your boiler aging faster than it should. Plus, addressing kettling is really simple. Our team just needs to flush out your boiler once per year to eliminate the mineral buildup and give you a fresh start.

Boiler Water Hammer

When the water in your boiler suddenly changes to move in the opposite direction, that is called water hammer because it makes a very loud noise. Water hammer can happen for a few reasons. Your boiler may be overfired, you may have loose pipes or there may not be enough room for condensate from steam. Basically, you need to schedule an appointment with our team to check out your boiler and see what is wrong. Water hammer puts a major strain on your boiler so it needs to be addressed right away.

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