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My Boiler is Making Noises it Didn't Make Last Year

Updated: Jun 5, 2023

My Boiler is Making Noises it Didnt Make last year
Does your Boiler should like train?

Boilers should be seen and not heard.

When something's wrong with your gas boiler, you'll probably hear about it. A noisy boiler is one of the most obvious (and annoying) warning signs that your heating system is in need of repair or replacement.

The first step is to determine why your boiler has suddenly started making these strange sounds⁠—and the answer to that usually lies in the type of noise it's making:


If your boiler is making a whistling noise that reminds you of a hot kettle on the stove, that's a sign that air might be trapped within the system. The solution is often as simple as releasing the air, and finding out what trapped the air in the first place.


If your boiler is making gurgling sounds, there might be blockages at the bottom of the boiler, low water pressure, or trapped air. If the weather's cold, it might even be a frozen condensate pipe that will need to be thawed before proper functionality can be restored.

Banging or clunking

If your boiler is making a banging noise or clunking sounds, there might be a buildup of limescale from hard water or debris from corrosion in the system, which might be blocking the safe travel of water. This is known as "kettling." Left untreated, kettling can lead to a buildup of steam, which expands dangerously inside the unit with nowhere to escape.

Don't put up with a noisy boiler any longer than you have to. Contact G&C Plumbing & Heating in Franklin, MA today at (508)541-8783. We're a family-owned business proud to offer boiler repair services in Franklin, MA and the surrounding area. We service all boiler brands, and offer Burnham and Veissmann for replacements or new installations.

Is my boiler unsafe?

Boilers contain pressurized hot gases and liquids. For that reason, it's always better to be safe than sorry. Never ignore signs of disrepair or damage to your heating system, or delay a consultation when you're experiencing problems. This is especially important if you can't remember the last time you've had your boiler serviced!

At G&C Plumbing & Heating, we are here to help you with the following concerns, and more:

  • Reduced boiler efficiency

  • Ongoing deterioration of your boiler's interior

  • Long-term buildup of internal limescale and other debris

  • Preventing a dangerous boiler explosion

What are other signs that my boiler might need to be repaired or replaced?

Some symptoms of boiler damage or disrepair aren't as obvious as weird noises. The following issues might mean your heating system is overdue for maintenance:

  • Unusually high heating bills

  • Lack of or reduced hot water output

  • Poor heat distribution, or changes in how efficiently your home heats

  • Leaking or dripping

  • Foul smell

  • Your boiler is more than 15 years old

Proper maintenance of your boiler goes well beyond a safety issue. When your boiler isn't working as efficiently as it should, it uses more fuel to reach the temperature your thermostat is set to. This results in an increase in energy usage, and consequently, an increase to your monthly energy bills. An overworked boiler also has a shortened lifespan. By delaying a repair, you might actually end up having to replace your boiler before its time would normally be up.

If you have any concerns about your boiler, call us today at (508)541-8783. We are backed by over 75 years of experience, and an iron-clad commitment to providing top quality residential boiler repair, replacement, installation and retrofitting services in Franklin, MA and the surrounding areas. We look forward to helping you keep the heat on!

  • You can count on us

  • Our business is family-owned and operated

  • We are licensed, insured and fully bonded

  • We offer flexible financing options

  • Our workmanship is guaranteed



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