Boiler systems are unique and powerful heat sources for the homes and businesses they reside in. Unlike forced-air heating systems like furnaces or heat pumps, boilers are radiant heating systems. Through the use of heated water that’s cycled through a series of pipes, and in some cases radiators, these systems keep households exceptionally comfortable and warm throughout the chilliest of winter days.
This all said, something that your boiler does have in common with all other HVAC systems is that eventually, it will break down to the point that you’ll need to replace it. Sure, boilers last longer in comparison to forced-air systems, but no heater can last forever.
Deciding to upgrade or replace your boiler is a big decision, and not always the cheapest decision. But ultimately, replacing your aging or degrading boiler for a newer one will save you money month-to-month on your heating needs, helping you pay back the installation cost fairly quickly. So, when do you know it’s time for a replacement? Read on!
Your Boiler Is Old
Boiler systems are very sturdy, and when well-cared for, they can last for many years—some even up to a couple of decades! This does mean you have to keep up with maintenance—annual boiler maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, adjust, and clean your heating system to ensure it’s performing at its best. Otherwise, that lifespan can be cut in half.
Anyway, if your boiler is around 15 years old or higher, and is experiencing any of the accompanying problems, it’s definitely time to consider replacement!
Your Boiler Has Frequent Repair Needs
Needing a repair every couple of years or a little more often than that is relatively normal. However, If you find yourself calling for boiler repairs two to three times a year, or if your next repair is going to cost half of what a new boiler is worth, it probably makes the most economic sense to go ahead and invest in an upgrade now.
Uneven or Delayed Heating
When you use your boiler system, it should provide heat pretty quickly. But if you notice that it’s taking longer and longer to heat up the home, you probably need a replacement. This is also true if you notice that some areas of your home seem better heated than others (and especially if this is a new problem!)
Leaks from the System
Leaks are never something you want to see when it comes to your boiler. The most likely culprits are a broken seal or a broken valve. While these issues can sometimes be repaired, the leak may be complicated to deal with and can happen again shortly after you have it fixed.
Increased Energy Bills
Have you noticed that the cost to operate your boiler has risen way past what it used to be last year, or your bills are higher than what your boiler-using neighbors are paying? If so, it’s a sign that something is causing your boiler to perform inefficiently. Again, this might be a repairable issue. However, if it’s paired with old age, then it’s likely time to make the upgrade.
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