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Do I Need a Boiler Repair?

A Homeowner’s Guide to Troubleshooting a Furnace or Boiler

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Ah, Fall! Crisp nights, and golden, balmy days. That first night you want to turn on the heat—and something’s not right. There’s nothing worse than realizing your heat isn’t working just as the first cold snap hits. Of course, we’re always here for you. Our techs can get you up and running fast. But sometimes when your furnace or boiler is on the fritz, there’s an easy fix that you can handle yourself and can help you avoid the expense of a service call—and free up our techs to help others.

Heating System Troubleshooting

Try these troubleshooting steps before you call:

1. Check Your Thermostat
Make sure your thermostat is set to a temperature at least 5° above room temperature and set to “heat.” Is it the batteries? Try installing fresh ones.
2. Check the System Switch
Did the switch for your heating system accidentally get turned off? This happens more often than you’d think. Don’t overthink it, just turn it on.

3. Check Your Fuel Supply
If you haven’t checked your tank gauge in a while, you may have run out of fuel—especially if it’s been very cold recently, or if you’ve been spending more time at home during the day. If you’re out, know that we’re on call 24/7 for emergency deliveries.

4. Check Fuses and Circuit Breakers
Circuit breakers can easily trip. Check the breaker that your heating system is on, and turn it on if it’s off.

5. Check the Air Filter
When the air filter on your furnace gets clogged, the system will shut down. Replace it and set a reminder on your calendar to check it once a month.

6. Check the Boiler
If you have a steam boiler, check the water level gauge. It should be at least half-full. Call us if it isn’t. Have a hot water boiler? You can skip this step.

7. Reset the System
If none of the previous steps work, push and hold the Reset button for 30 seconds. Only do this ONCE. Doing it more than once floods the combustion chamber with too much heating oil. That’s an expensive repair job on top of any other repairs you may need.

If none of these steps resolves the problem, call us and we’ll dispatch a technician to get you up and running as soon as possible.

An Ounce of Prevention

Some heating system problems are easy to prevent. A tune-up is the best way to make sure your boiler or furnace is running at peak efficiency. It not only helps keep heating costs down, but regular maintenance also prevents many of the problems that lead to breakdowns. A tune-up can also keep your warranty in effect: good to keep in mind!

Whether you need an oil-fired equipment or propane system repair, the experts at Pitstop have your back. We’re always happy to help—we can even talk you through the steps above if you need moral support! We’re your neighbors, and we care about our reputation in the community. That’s why we go out of our way to exceed your expectations. Contact us to become a customer today.