Having trouble with your boiler? Before you call a professional, there are a few things you can check on your own. First, check the unit to see if it is turned on and set properly. There could be a malfunction with the timer or programmer. Also, check the thermostat; the boiler may be working properly, but the thermostat is simply set too low. A third possibility is that the pilot light has gone out. Instructions, concerning the pilot light, are usually on the unit. However, if you're not sure what to do, you may need to call a professional. A licensed plumber can come to your location to inspect the unit. The inspection, which should be done yearly, should include a co2 test, a draft test and a smoke test. A co2 test makes sure that the barometric damper is balanced; a draft test checks to see that too much heat is not being lost up the chimney; and the smoke test is to insure that the fuel is burning cleanly. As always, contact a reputable professional to help determine your needs.
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