Does your boiler need to be replaced? If you’re asking this question, you probably already know the answer. Before you invest in a new heating system, however, here are six questions to ask to determine if you need to replace your boiler.
- How Old Is Your Boiler?
Typically, you should be able to get 15 solid years of use out of your boiler, especially if you take good care of it. Having your heating system serviced and inspected on a regular basis can extend the life of your boiler and keep it running smoothly.
Still, all good things must come to an end so, if your boiler is getting older, you should probably prepare yourself for the day when it needs to be replaced. Being proactive and doing research before your boiler stops working can save you time, money, and a lot of headaches.
- How Often Is Your Boiler Breaking Down?
Even the best maintained heating system can experience hiccups from time to time — you can expect those costs as part of homeownership. It’s a bad sign, however, if it seems like your boiler is broken more often than its running.
Although, it’s tempting to continue with small repairs when the idea of a full replacement can be intimidating, in reality, you’re just throwing your money away. All of those service calls add up and, in the end, you’ll still need to replace your boiler. If you’re constantly dealing with problems, it may be time for a fresh start.
- Has Your Heating Bill Gone Up?
It’s expected that as the temps cool outside, the cost of heating our home rises. Unless you’re in a new home, you probably have a good idea of what your utility bill should look like. If you notice a sudden uptick, though, this could be cause for concern.
A boiler that has stopped working efficiently will need more energy to heat the air inside of your home. As a result, you’ll be paying more each month. If your boiler has stopped working as it should, it may be time to start looking for new ones.
- Does Your Boiler Have Yellow Flames?
A characteristic of a well-functioning boiler is that it’s generating blue flames. This is an indication that the fuel is burning properly. If you see yellow flames and/or black soot, take action immediately. This can be a life or death situation.
Over time, your boiler’s burners can get clogged by dirt and soot, creating an “incomplete combustion.” When you see yellow flames, this means that carbon monoxide — an odorless, colorless gas — is forming which can put your family’s health at risk. In addition to causing dizziness, headaches, and upset stomach, carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal. Don’t take the risk!
- Has Your Boiler Been Leaking?
As your boiler ages, you may start to notice some leaking. In fact, this is a common sign that your boiler is nearing the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced. Here are some reasons why your boiler may start leaking:
- Pressure is too high
- Seals are damaged
- Cracks in the body
Taking action sooner than later can save you a lot of money (and stress). Whether it’s a relatively minor repair, such as replacing the seals, or investing in a new boiler, anything is better than dealing with a flooded home (which can happen).
- Is Your Home Too Warm or Too Cold?
When a home feels too warm or too cold, it’s a sign that the boiler is struggling. While individual preferences will vary, you know what feels comfortable. If it suddenly seems like your heating system isn’t able to maintain a consistent climate, you need to investigate.
There are several factors that may impact your boiler’s performance. The solution could be very minor — such as giving it a good cleaning — or it could be more serious. Regardless, don’t ignore this important sign that your boiler needs your attention.
Take Action Sooner Than Later
No one wants to spend money on a new heating system, but the reality is that investing in a good boiler can provide you with a cozy, comfortable home for years to come. Sometimes, we can take the convenience of a fully functioning heating system for granted, but, as soon as it breaks down, we quickly realize its value.
One of the best ways you can keep your boiler working efficiently for as long as possible is to commit to a regular maintenance schedule. During these visits, a qualified technician can service your system and identify any potential areas of concern. Addressing these issues before they become catastrophic can prevent costly repairs or a whole system replacement.
If something seems amiss, call W.G. Speeks today for your free consultation! Our team of skilled, NATE-certified experts are on hand to give you the information, guidance, and support you need!