Picture this: you head down the stairs into your basement and notice there’s a pool of water on the floor around your boiler. You grab a towel to wipe up the mess only to return a few hours later to water on the floor, yet again. You ask yourself “why is my boiler leaking and what needs to be done to get it fixed?”
What Causes Boilers To Leak?
In most situations, a boiler leak is due to an internal component that has failed. Oftentimes, it’s a broken seal or a faulty valve that causes water to spill out of the equipment, but there are a number of other reasons that we’ll discuss below.
- Pressure Problems: all boilers come equipped with a pressure outlet pipe. It’s the job of this pipe to allow pressure built up inside the boiler to escape and as a result, water may drip out from time to time. If you find substantial amounts of water coming from this pipe, check the pressure gauge on the side of the tank which will tell you if the pressure is the root of the problem.
- Faulty Seals: with a broken or damaged seal, water can escape even under normal conditions. Check the seals and have them replaced in order to fix the problem.
- Cracks in the Metal: just like many other pieces of equipment in your home, boilers won’t last forever. As they age, the metal can undergo stress and fatigue and can ultimately crack. If you notice cracks, it may be a wiser decision to have the system replaced rather than have it repaired.
At Rusk Heating & Cooling, we specialize in hot water and steam boilers as well as cast iron and copper fin tube radiation. We have been providing complete hot water boiler installation, replacement, repair and maintenance services to our Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky clients for over 145 years!