Boiler relief valve leaking? If so, it is critical that you repair this immediately. Your boiler pressure relief valve is an important part of your heating system that allows excess pressure to leave your system before it is able to build to potentially dangerous levels.
There are a number of potential causes as to why your relief valve is leaking. You may be experiencing a faulty circulator pump, a leaking water pipe connection or the pressure relief valve itself may be malfunctioning. It is important that you understand what to do depending on your circumstance.
Most problems with your circulator pump should be diagnosed and repaired by a professional technician. This is not the type of problem you want to repair yourself, only to find that you purchased a wrong part or simply do not know what you are doing. A leaking water pipe is a different story. Simply follow the leak to its source, turn off the water supply line to the house, drain the boiler system and repair the leak.
If the problem is with the pressure relief valve itself, there are a number of potential problems that may be presenting themselves. Again, because of the importance of this part to the proper operation of your system, it’s highly advisable to call a professional to diagnose and repair the problem. If you decide to repair the system yourself, make sure you are absolutely sure that you know what you are doing before you begin.
Whether you call it a boiler relief valve, a boiler release valve, or boiler safety valve; the importance of a proper repair cannot be stressed enough. A leaking boiler pressure relief valve is a sign of a serious problem with your system and needs to be addressed as soon as humanly possible.