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3 Signs Your Boiler’s Broken

broken-heater-no-warmth-cold-womanOkay let us clarify. When we say “broken” we don’t mean unusable. When it comes to a boiler or any type of heating system, broken usually refers to a system in need of repairs. This means that your boiler isn’t operating the way it is supposed because something within your heating system causing problems.

So, the question here is, what is causing your boiler’s issues? There are, of course, multiple problems that could create the need for boiler repair in Orange, VA. And, while there are signs to watch for that could indicate one issue or another, you will normally need the help of a trained HVAC technician to truly identify exactly what’s wrong.

We get that you will want to understand what indicators you should be watching for before you call a pro, though. That is why we’ve provided three keys signs that will tell you when you boiler is in need of repair.

Here are a few different signs that let you know when your boiler is trying to tell you it needs help.

Unpleasant Smells

You may have noticed the smell of burning oil, metal or plastic which let you know that your boiler heater is overheating. Or you might have picked up on the scent of rotten eggs which indicates that your boiler has a gas leak. In either case, bad smells are a sign that should prompt you to shut down your heater entirely and call a professional to come fix your system ASAP.

A Lack of Heat

This might take a little while to notice because you may be used to a slight delay before your boiler starts delivering heat. However, if you have noticed that the delay is getting longer and longer until there is no heat at all when you turn your system on, then you need to reach out for repairs. This could be due to any number of malfunctioning or broken parts and will cost you quite a bit in energy and fuel that aren’t being put to good use.


Kettling refers to the noise emitted by your boiler that sounds surprisingly like a hot tea kettle. However, while both do mean there is hot water present, when your boiler emits this noise it means the heat exchanger is struggling with mineral build-up. If you pick up on this or other strange noises, you need to schedule repairs soon.

Always Schedule Boiler Repairs with a Professional

Let’s be clear, repairs for your boiler must always be done by a trained professional, unless you like the idea of spending extra money on additional repairs or an early replacement. A trained HVAC technician will be able to properly diagnose and address any problems your boiler is having the first time around. Make sure your money and time go to good use by scheduling repairs with the pros at Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning.

Contact the team at Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule your next boiler service. We can’t control the weather outside of your home, but we can control the weather inside your home. 

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