The question in the title is another way of asking if it’s time for you to have a new boiler installed in your house. For any residential heating system, the day will come—usually during the spring when it’s about to shut down—when the heater should be replaced by professionals.
But how can you tell that your boiler has reached the end? Below are some of the ways to determine if you need a replacement boiler. However, make sure you consult an HVAC pro before making a choice.
The boiler’s age
System age is the best barometer for when a boiler needs to retire. A boiler can fail years earlier because of neglect and lack of maintenance—or even a manufacturer defect, which is why you have a warranty. But if you’ve taken care of your boiler, you can expect it to last for 20 years or more. If your boiler is older than this, it’s a smart idea to replace it, even if it’s working well, before it starts into a steep decline.
When a boiler begins to fail for the last time, the big warning sign it will send off is uneven and inferior heating around the house. If you noticed that rooms were not getting as warm as they used to over this last winter, it’s probably because the boiler is no longer able to heat water up hot enough. It may be something that can be repaired, but if you have an older boiler system, it’s best to go ahead with getting a new one.
Rust and other kinds of corrosion are a boiler’s worst enemies. Corrosion permanently weakens metal and allows the boiler to start leaking. A boiler is designed to corrosion rust for as long as possible, but age will eventually allow it to set in. And it’s not just from the water in boiler: the gas jets and heat exchanger can corrode because of contact with combustion gases. If you see corrosion on the boiler, it usually means the boiler must be replaced.
How much does the boiler cost to run? If you’ve already been living with this boiler for a few years, you have a good idea what you can expect to pay each winter for warmth. If this last winter you paid a noticeably higher amount—and it wasn’t because you used the boiler more—then you’re probably looking at a dying boiler.
You don’t want to pay for repair after repair each year to keep the boiler going. That’s throwing money away when starting over with a sturdy new boiler is a much better long-term plan. You shouldn’t pay more than $500 a year on repairs or have more than one repair done a year. Look over your recent bills to see what you’ve been paying for repairs and if they’ve built up.
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