Boiler Service, Repairs & Maintenance

If you home doesn’t have a furnace for heat, odds are you have a boiler to keep you and your family warm during the winter. A boiler system in Thomasboro works through hydronic heating as heat from boiled water is in turn radiated into the home. These boilers are often powered by natural gas or heating oil. The efficiency of a boiler is measured through annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE), the annual heat output of the boiler compared to the total annual fossil fuel energy consumed. Hydronic, or hot water, boilers are today much more common than steam boilers, though an older home’s boiler may still produce steam heat.

Common Boiler Repairs

The boiler in your home, once installed and properly maintained, will bring heat and comfort for your home for many years. However, repairs are occasionally needed.


Deposits such as lime and other minerals can build up inside a boiler with hard water, leading to the sound of a kettle boiling. But this time it’s your boiler. Calcium salt from the lime becomes insoluble as the water heats up, settling at the bottom of the boiler. Water trapped in the heat exchanger begins to boil and expand, causing the rattling noise associated with kettling.

Pilot Light Goes Out

The pilot light of a boiler is generally always lit, but if it goes out more than once in a great while, Hoveln boiler maintenance in Thomasboro can check for a draft of air, deposit build-up, or a broken thermocouple.

Leaking and Dripping

Leaks and drips from your boiler can lead to rust and other water damage issues for the unit and surrounding areas.


The older the boiler, the older the thermostat, and also the more potential issues with the thermostat. Older thermostats become less accurate as they age, leading to misread temperature settings or turning the boiler’s heat on or off by itself.

Radiators Not Hot

Air in the radiator will rise to the top of the radiator pipes, giving the illusion of no heat at the top while there is heat at the bottom. Bleeding the radiator often solves this issue, but if not, a Hoveln technician can further inspect, diagnose, and repair the radiator.

Boiler Switches Off

A boiler can suddenly switch off for a number of reasons, including low water pressure, thermostat issues, and/or air in the system.

Boiler Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your home’s boiler will keep it operating in an efficient manner and provide peace of mind with safety. When Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. provides boiler services and maintenance, we look at a number of areas for common issues.

  • Properly Connected Vent Pipe & Chimney: Parts and/or pieces of the venting can deteriorate over time, leading to expensive repairs. If an issue is found, a Hoveln technician will evaluate the situation and let you know of what your best options are for either repair or replacement.
  • Physical Soundness of the Heat Exchanger: Water leaks from the heat exchanger are easy to spot. However, combustion gases can mix with air in the home with a leak, leading to a potential safety issue requiring immediate attention.
  • Combustion Efficiency Test: This test checks for how effectively the heat content of fuel is transferred into useable heat. The concentration of stack temperature and flue gas oxygen (carbon dioxide) are the main signs of combustion efficiency. Stack temperature is the temperature of the combustion gases, dry and water vapor, leaving the boiler. A lower stack temperature means your boiler is effectively transferring heat from the combustion gases.

Boiler Installation

Central Illinois residents have trusted us for boiler installation in Thomasboro and surrounding areas for four decades. Steam or hot water, Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. helps you choose the boiler best suited for your home and needs prior to installation. Our technicians evaluate your home, its needs and capacity, and your expectations to suggest a high-quality boiler.

Choosing the Right Boiler For Your Home

As with having a furnace which properly fits your home, the same goes for a boiler. The capacity of a boiler is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs) and every home has a BTU requirement specific to its:

  • Geographic location
  • Climate
  • Number of windows and doors
  • Quality and amount of insulation

Installing a boiler with the correct capacity will weigh heavily into the overall efficiency of the unit. Hoveln will help you determine the current venting situation and/or additional venting needed for a new boiler.

At Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc., we have helped homeowners find the right heating system for their homes, installed the new system, and have provided service and repairs on those systems for more than 40 years. We pride ourselves on being able to offer the right service when you need it. Whether it's emergency boiler repairs, scheduled boiler maintenance, or the installation of your new boiler system, we've got you covered. Call us today!