October 2, 2010 6:32 PM Subscribe
It's getting cold, and the heat in our newly-purchased but old house won't turn on. Can you help troubleshoot, or should we just call in a professional?
posted by misskaz to home & garden (22 answers total)
Our heat is gas-powered steam heat via a Peerless boiler. This is our first cold season in the new house. The heat worked during the inspection 4 months ago but obviously hasn't been used since then.
What we've done: not much. Turned thermostat to Heat and set temp a few degrees above current temperature in the house. Waited an hour and when it became clear the radiators weren't warming up, poked around the boiler. The pilot light is on, but beyond that I don't know what to check. The boiler is definitely not turning on - no flames besides the pilot, and the temp/pressure gauge on the side shows it's still cold.
Is there anything we can check without blowing our house up? Or is this call a professional territory? It's not *that* cold and our brick house is a good heat sink so we can make do with blankets and such for now.