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Why Your Boiler Won’t Turn On – and How To Get It Firing Again


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For residents in Grand Rapids, a malfunctioning boiler is more than a minor inconvenience. Winters can get extremely cold, and you need a well-functioning heating system. It’s important to restore your boiler as quickly as possible. If your boiler won’t ignite, check out these possible reasons and fixes before calling a professional HVAC contractor.

Low Gas Supply

Gas boilers need fuel to function. If your gas supply is low, your boiler won’t fire. You’ll need to ensure that your system has an adequate gas supply. If you don’t feel comfortable refilling the gas supply yourself, call a professional for help.

If you suspect that you have a gas leak, don’t attempt to fix it yourself. Instead, request boiler service from a professional, as gas problems can be extremely dangerous.

Blocked Gas Inlet

A blocked gas inlet valve means that your system doesn’t have access to the fuel it needs to heat your home. Like a suspected gas leak, a blocked gas inlet should be handled by qualified gas technicians. Your HVAC contractor will assess the issue and the entire unit to determine the cause of the issue and provide the right solution.

Faulty Gas Valve

When your boiler needs more gas to heat your home, the gas valve will automatically open for access to more fuel. If this valve becomes blocked or damaged, the system won’t be able to produce heat. A qualified heating contractor can determine if your gas valve needs to be replaced and provide you with the boiler repairs you need.

Low Pressure

A loss of pressure in your boiler results in an inadequate amount of water running through the system. This means your boiler will struggle to provide heat to your home. Pressure issues are often caused by a faulty expansion vessel, pressure release valve, or heat exchanger. A heating expert can determine what’s causing the low pressure and determine if you need repairs or a boiler replacement.

Frozen Condensate Pipes

Your condensate pipe carries any excess liquid from your boiler away from your property. If this pipe becomes frozen, the excess liquid has nowhere to escape, causing the boiler to shut down.

You can try to fix this yourself by gently pouring warm water on the pipe before rebooting the system. You can also prevent these issues by checking the pipe often and wrapping it in foam or cloth for extra protection. Be sure to ask about preventative measures during your next boiler maintenance appointment. 

Rely On Grapids Home Services for Boiler Services in Grand Rapids

When you need expert boiler services, trust the team at Grapids Home Services. Our family-owned and -operated company has provided exceptional service to homeowners in Grand Rapids since 1999. Our licensed and insured boiler contractors are available for same-day repair services, and you’ll never pay overtime charges. We put our clients’ comfort first.

If your boiler isn’t working, don’t wait to get help. Call Grapids Home Services at (616)-453-1099 now to request expert boiler services!

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