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Boiler Kettling: What It Means for You

We all love those Saturday mornings when we wake up smelling the savory smell of bacon, or the frying of buttermilk pancakes, while the tea kettle begins to rumble with anticipation. Except what if that rumbling wasn’t actually coming from your kettle? That’s a great way to turn a wonderful morning into a moment of panic!

Kettling is not something to joke about. In fact, a boiler kettling can be a clear signal that there is a buildup of pressure in the heat exchanger. We’ll get into more of the specifics later, but we’d like to start with imploring you to hire a professional technician for boiler service in Wabash, IN if you’re noticing a whistling noise to come from your boiler. Many homeowners operate under the assumption that a boiler should be making a whistling noise, or that this kind of noise is just natural. That’s entirely not the case.

How Does Kettling Happen?

Either a rumbling or shaking noise—kettling is never good and it is often a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. There are a few ways that kettling could be occurring, and we’d like to list them out to you.

  • Boiler Leaks. A leaking boiler could contribute to any number of kettling noises. If you notice any leaks in your boiler, either around the area of your boiler itself or in the piping around it, then you’re going to want a professional to patch them up. Corrosion, poor installation, and other issues can cause boiler leaks.
  • Limescale Build-Up. One of the most common reasons for kettling is the build-up of limescale inside the boiler. Water naturally contains minerals that can solidify over a long period of time. This eventually restricts the flow of water and can overheat the system itself.
  • Overheating. An overheating boiler is going to make some violent noises, that’s just a fact. This can be caused by your faulty thermostat that’s constantly telling your boiler to keep heating up. Check the status of your thermostat and make sure that it is set correctly.

The truth of the matter is, if you’re dealing with a kettling boiler, you’re not going to be able to solve this issue on your own. If there is a build-up of limescale, it might require a chemical clean, power-flush, or other intricate processes that require specialized equipment and an experienced professional. Overheating boilers or boilers that are leaking won’t just harm your ability to keep your home comfortable, but they can create substantial structural damage to your floors, walls, and the rest of your home.

Don’t hire an amateur for such a complicated problem. Boiler issues require experience and equipment that our technicians have. With expert care, boilers can last for years with minor repairs while silently keeping your home warm throughout the entire winter season. If there are noises coming from your heating system, don’t let them become a normal occurrence. Don’t hesitate to call the professionals today.

Are you dealing with boiler noises? Give Collier’s Heating & Air Conditioning a call today. Collier’s—A company you’ve grown to trust.

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