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Reasons a Boiler Can Leak

Boilers are made to work effectively with water and are equipped with safeguards to ensure that the water in the system doesn’t adversely affect the metal and components. As such, if you see leaking, it is an indication that something has gone wrong. There are several reasons why a boiler will develop leaks, and we’ll outline some of these scenarios below. If you are experiencing leaking now, don’t wait to call for heating repair. The experts at At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air are available for heating repair around the clock, so call us today!

Reasons for Leaking

Here are some of the more common reasons why your boiler may be leaking:

  • Poor initial installation – if you purchased a home that already had a boiler in it and are seeing a lot of leaks, particularly from joints in the piping, you may have inherited a system that was installed poorly and has poor soldering. It most likely won’t be necessary to replace the system, but you may have to have a professional re-solder the joints.
  • Scaling inside pipes – water has minerals in it, particularly hard water, and sometimes a hard build-up known as scaling can develop on the inside of the piping. If thick enough, scaling can seriously restrict the water in a pipe and cause enough pressure on the water that a leak can develop. A simple acid flush conducted by your technician can remove any scaling inside your pipes.
  • Issues with circulator pumps – the circulator pumps are responsible for pushing the heated water from the boiler through your pipes. There are seals in these pumps that can wear down, crack or break; if this happens, leaks can develop. Having a trained professional replace the seal should take care of this problem.
  • Rust/corrosion – as mentioned above, care is taken to ensure that your boiler doesn’t fall prey to rust and corrosion, but it can happen. Rust eats away at metal, making it very easy to crack and develop leaks. If the corrosion is limited to a specific area, it may be remediated, but if the corrosion is widespread, you may have to consider replacement.

Any kind of leaking from your boiler should be repaired right away to prevent further potential damage from the water. If your boiler is leaking, call At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today and schedule an appointment for heating repair in Salt Lake City.

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