Boiler systems have quite the reputation for being sturdy, above and beyond most of the other heating types available on the market. This is primarily because boilers actually contain fewer moving parts than furnaces or heat pumps, which means that there are fewer ways for things to go wrong with the system. However, just because the boiler is resistant to problems, that does not mean that it is invincible. Eventually, you will have to replace your old boiler. The only question is when, and whether you’ll be able to recognize when it’s time.
Dropping output is never a good sign when it comes to a heating system. If your boiler is not generating enough heat for your home, it’s definitely something you should have looked at. If the loss of heat is limited to one part of the home, then it’s likely that you have a specific issue with the piping in that section. If the output drops are consistent throughout the home, though, it’s a pretty good indication that the problem is with the boiler itself.
As we mentioned at the beginning of this blog, one of the primary reasons why people install boilers is due to their resistance to developing problems. No system can fend off the advance of wear and tear forever, though. As a boiler nears the end of its life, it will eventually begin to succumb to the wear on its various parts. This will manifest in more frequent breakdowns, which means more and higher repair costs. If you need to repair your boiler multiple times a year, you should just go ahead and replace it. It will be more cost effective in the long run than just replacing the system one piece at a time.
The average boiler lasts about 20 years, 25 on the upper limit. If you want to spend the time and money, you can keep your system operating longer than that. However, it is almost never worth it to do that. The efficiency loss and frequent repair problems make maintaining an older boiler an incredibly expensive prospect in a lot of cases. If your boiler is older than 20 years, you should really consult with a professional to see if it needs replacing.
If you’re not sure whether or not you need to install a new boiler, it’s best to have a professional examine the system rather than waiting for an obvious sign (like a total and complete breakdown). A technician will be able to evaluate your boiler, determine whether or not it needs to be replaced, and recommend the ideal replacement for you. This is always the best option if you need to make sure of the state of your boiler.
Bell Plumbing and Heating offers comprehensive boiler installation, repair, maintenance, and replacement services in Aurora, CO. If you need boiler services of any kind, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We can replace your old, worn boiler with the best heating system for your household’s needs.