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Is Your Boiler Acting Up? 8 Troubleshooting Tips for Virginia Homeowners

boiler troubleshooting at the fuse boxOne of the last things you want to happen during the winter season is to experience a problematic boiler. But if you’re faced with an issue, try these boiler troubleshooting tips to get it started again.

  1. Check the electricity – In addition to not being plugged in properly, it’s possible that the circuit breaker has been tripped. It never hurts to check.
  2. Make sure the pilot light is on – If the boiler has a pilot light, you may need to relight it. You can either follow the instructions in the owner’s manual or call a professional technician to do it for you. You can also call the gas company, but they may be backed up due to the cold weather.
  3. Follow procedures for no pilot light – If the boiler doesn’t have a pilot light, push the de-blocking button. If that doesn’t seem to be the problem, calling a technician is a wise move.
  4. Open the stopcock – If it’s closed, opening it will allow gas to flow through again.
  5. Turn on the gas supply – If the gas supply is turned on and the stopcock is open, and you still don’t have any gas flow, call a professional.
  6. Add oil – With oil boilers, check the gauge to see if more oil needs to be added.
  7. Check the thermostat – If the boiler’s thermostat isn’t set to the “on” position, you may have found your issue. Also make sure the thermostat’s temperature is set above room temperature. If not, the boiler won’t kick on even if it’s functioning properly.
  8. Replace an old thermostat – If you’ve been using the same boiler thermostat for a while, it may be time for a new one. Old thermostats often become inaccurate after extended use.

For more expert boiler troubleshooting advice, or if you have any other questions related to home comfort, please don’t hesitate to call the friendly professionals at Weather Makers Heating & Air Conditioning. We proudly serve the HVAC needs of Chesapeake and surrounding areas.

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