How Does a Boiler Work?
Boilers are a popular choice in Maine and the northeast as an effective heating system. Instead of using hot air to keep your home warm, boilers use hot water to keep you comfortable – hence the term “boiler,” or “forced hot water system.”
To keep your home warm, a boiler will distribute hot water throughout your home in “zones,” or baseboard radiant loops. Each zone is controlled by a thermostat, allowing you to determine how warm you want each part of your home.
Does My Boiler Need Repairs?
The two most common components of your boiler system that may need repair over time are the hydronic and ignition systems. Failures in the hydronic system can include water leaks, bad circulator pumps or zone valves, broken expansion tanks, worn out air elimination devices, or issues with zone control. In terms of the ignition system, issues can arise from bad ignitors, flame sensor failures, burner issues, or a gas valve failing.