Winter is when you need your boiler the most. For obvious reasons, the water traveling through your pipes in winter is significantly colder. 16 degrees colder on average, to be precise. That means your boiler is working much harder in the cold season. You want to be sure that it is ready to get you through the winter.

If your water is not hot enough, there can be several reasons for the problem. You can take a few steps to determine if your boiler is in disrepair.

First, for the easy fixes:

Make sure the unit is plugged in and receiving the power it needs. If the light on our unit is on, lack of power is probably not the problem. Alternatively, the problem may be a lack of gas. Make sure both the meter valve and the valve underneath the boiler are open. One method of checking is to turn on the gas cooker. If it works, the gas is probably fine. Finally, check your outdoor pipe. When the weather is particularly cold, the water in there may freeze. In this case, douse it consistently with warm water until it thaws fully.

A more serious problem may involve the pressure gauge. It should be measuring somewhere between 1.0-1.5. If it is malfunctioning, you will also likely hear strange sounds emanating from inside the unit. In this case, or if none of the other easy fixes work, you will want to call true experts like the staff at J. Griffin Heating and Plumbing to address the problem.

Whatever the problems are, your boiler may just be showing its age. Even when very well-maintained, these units are not expected to last for more than 15 years or so. Also, the new models of the boiler are so much more efficient in terms of saving you on energy bills and heating your house, that an upgrade is recommended.

The specialists at J. Griffin Heating and Plumbing will fairly assess the state of your boiler and determine if you need your current unit fixed or replaced. If you need a new boiler, don’t worry. We’ll help you pick out the best boiler for your needs, so you can enjoy it reliably this winter for many winters to come.

If you need it fixed, we will not stop working until we can guarantee that your unit will heat your water every day without fail. When we fix something, we get it right the first time.

At J. Griffin Heating and Plumbing, we provide the best all-around service for your boiler needs. Whether you need your gas boiler serviced and repaired or you need full replacement and installment, we are your one-stop-shop in Eastern Massachusetts. We bring thirty years’ experience with gas boiler repairs. Besides, we are certified Navien Service specialists.

Our base of operations is at North Reading. You can interact with us on Facebook too, at If you want a quick and courteous quote, call us at (781) 521-2188.