Boilers, like an HVAC system, or any system for that matter, occasionally breaks down and needs repairs.
But, like any other system, there can only be so much repair work done to it. Near the end of your boiler’s lifespan, you need to choose between having it fixed again, or just replacing it outright. Of course, you’ll need to do some research for more info on the matter before making a decision, as replacement isn’t always necessary, but in certain scenarios, it’s the best option.
The costs associated with replacement makes some people hesitant, understandably so, to go through with it. But the risks of having a ticking time bomb in the house is not something to overlook.
Here’s some tips to help.
First off, check for any issues.
Experienced HVAC contractors are experts on their field; they’re the people to ask for more info on matters related to heating, and they know when a system can be fixed or not. As such, it’s a good idea to go to them first when something goes wrong, in order to see what the extent of the damage is.
Different kinds of boilers also require different service protocols, and have their own slew of problems, beyond the common boiler issues:
- Steam boilers also tend to have issues with the pipes, with one common complaint being noisy steam pipes, which can be caused by water building up in the bent and sagging areas of the pipes. Steam pipes are also vulnerable to corrosion or excess pressure.
- Gas boilers, meanwhile, tend to suffer from faulty pilot lights, low pressure, rapid cycling, and, the worst of them all, gas leaks. A home with a gas boiler should have carbon monoxide detectors installed, and any sign of a gas leak should be responded to by turning off the gas immediately.
- Oil boilers are susceptible to leaks, same as gas boilers. If you see a small pool of oil near the boiler, then call for boiler repair.
Replacing the boiler
When your local boiler comes in to see your boiler, they might say that it can’t be fixed or isn’t worth the money and trouble to actually fix. Most of the time, this pops up regarding boilers about a decade old. That’s because the boiler is nearing the end of its intended lifespan, and it’s design isn’t, well, designed to hold up for longer than that.
If your old boiler breaks down often, your bills are escalating with no explanation, and your home isn’t as well-heated as it should be, then those are the signs that you might need to consider getting a replacement.