Hello, I'm trying to get a jump on a possible need for a boiler repair
contractor or possible gas line replacement.
My hot water radiator boiler system, old but formerly quite reliable,
would not engage this past weekend. I have the gas company scheduled to
come out tomorrow afternoon, but in the meantime I am trying to get my
research done re: the possible need for contractors.
The problem: The boiler does not light when signaled by my auto thermostat
settings I hear a 'click' re: the auto thermostat, but no ignition downstairs.
There also, however, is no gas smell downstairs.
The cause, I surmise, is mostlikely one of three:
1) pilot light out. boiler very old, but has worked up to now. When the gas
service guy was out to do fall light-up service he commented that it was
particularly difficult to light; I've never had a pilot light outage before--
if this is case, shouldn't I smell gas in the basement?
2) electrical connection failure somewhere;
3) worst case scenario: gas line, front yard, needs replacing. I have
reported gas smell outside by the gas meter twice in the past. The gas
company arrived quickly, but they could not detect any leaks on both occasions.
Can anyone offer advice re: what to avoid or what to consider a red flag
regarding boiler repair and/or gas line replacement contractors? I hate
the thought of having to replace this boiler, as it is encased in asbestos
and I know the abatement alone will be more than I can afford at this
point in time. How to know if I am being sold down the river by a contractor,
besides getting multiple bids? Any words of experience will be appreciated.
Thanks, best regards,
Heatless in Seattle