What You Should Know About Boiler Kettling

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Boiler kettling causes a deep, rumbling sound to come from your boiler and if you hear this sound, you have reason to be concerned. Boiler kettling occurs after minerals seep out of your hard water and build up as lime scale on the heat exchanger. The scale will restrict water flow through the heat exchanger, causing small pockets of water to become trapped.

The trapped water eventually turns to steam and evaporates, but this causes pressure on the heat exchangers walls. The rumbling sound you hear coming from the boiler is evidence of pressure being exerted on the system. Boiler kettling can have negative effects on your system and potentially cause water damage, so it is important to know how to get help for kettling.

The effects of boiler kettling on your system

Boiler kettling will cause a number of issues. The efficiency of your system will decrease because of the blocked heat exchanger not allowing for even and effective heat distribution. The stress involved with boiler kettling can also cause serious structural damage to the pipes. The pipes can rupture, causing water damage to your property. If you hear kettling, compare the cost of replacing the heat exchanger and pipes with the cost of water damage repairs. You may find that the cost of the water damage repairs is more than the system itself.

You should be aware that there may be some other causes for kettling sounds. If the boiler system has been installed wrong, or has incorrect settings, it may cause a similar sound. A faulty thermostat can cause the system to overheat and produce kettling sounds as well. This issue can be repaired simply by replacing the thermostat. Also, if your boiler is too large for the total heating space, it can potentially produce loud banging noises. These issues should be fixed as well.

Getting help for kettling

To protect your boiler and your property, seek the advice of a professional at the first sound of boiler kettling. You could potentially save yourself thousands in repairs if you fix the problem or replace your system in time.

Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical Inc. in Amarillo,Texas can help with all of your plumbing needs, including repairing boiler kettling issues. You can reach us at (806) 376-8345 or Contact Us by email to learn more about our heavy industrial, residential, and commercial services. You can also stop by our office at 404 S. Hayden St. in Amarillo for more information.