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How to Tell Your Boiler Needs to Be Replaced

rusted-boilerDo you have reasons to believe the boiler warming your home this winter is coming to the end of its long road? Not a pleasant realization to have, since replacing a boiler is a big investment. But if your current boiler isn’t going to last much longer or is costing you a small fortune to continue running, acting fast to replace it will reward you for many years.

Let’s talk about why you think your boiler needs to retire to the recycling center. There are a number of signs you may have already noticed, as well as others to watch out for.

The boiler’s age

A gas-fired boiler can often last twenty years before it begins to suffer from the effects of age. It’s rare for modern boilers to make it to thirty years, however. If your current boiler was in the house when you moved in, check on its manufacture date listed on the unit. If its over 20 and you have doubts about its performance, start planning the replacement.

The cost to run the boiler

Hot water boilers are among the most energy-efficient ways to heat a home because water is a more effective heat transfer medium than air. If you’ve had your boiler for years, you know what to expect on your monthly winter heating bills. When those bills begin to rise steadily, it’s indicating the boiler has worn down to the point where it’s too expensive to keep. A technician can help analyze your heating costs and whether it’s time to move to a new boiler.

The boiler heats unevenly or less powerfully

Another of the big advantages of boilers is how they spread heat evenly through spaces from radiators, baseboard heaters, and in-floor heating. When you start finding rooms that aren’t as warm as they once were, it can mean the boiler is struggling to provide the same heat level. If all of the house feels colder than it should and you’re always turning up the thermostat too high—the boiler is probably dying.

The boiler requires frequent and expensive repairs

Because boilers have fewer mechanical components than furnaces and heat pumps (no big blower fan), they need less repair work during their service lives. When you find you have to have your boiler repaired each year, or you sink more than $500 a year into fixing it, that’s too much. The boiler is asking you to send it out to pasture. We recommend replacing a boiler if a single repair costs more than 50% of the price of a replacement.

You can trust our team for the best in heating in Cherry Hill, NJ. We do what’s required for a fair and honest price, and as quickly as possible. We return calls, show up on time, do jobs without shortcuts—a simple formula that’s made us a success with customers. We can make replacing your boiler a smooth process that takes most of the stress off you and leaves your family with better comfort than before.

Gibson Heating & Cooling serves the greater Cherry Hill, NJ area. Leave your boiler trouble to our expert care.

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