When it is hot outside, the last thing you are likely thinking about is heating your home. But now is the perfect time to repair or replace your heating appliances. This is because heating repair companies are not too busy, and they have time to order you the perfect heating appliance and install it before the weather turns cold. If you have an older boiler in your home, you may find yourself wondering if it is time to replace it or if it can hold on for another winter. Here are a few of the key sings that it may be time to replace your boiler.
1. Your Boiler Has Leaks or Cracks in It
A boiler works by boiling water. That hot water is then able to heat your home. However, just like a water heater, the boiler can begin to crack or leak due to the constant stress of heat and boiling within it. Unfortunately, there is not a good way to repair a crack or leak for a prolonged period of time, as the heat will just cause the metal body to expand and repaired cracks to break open again. As such, if you have a leak or crack in your boiler, you should be looking to replace it.
2. Your Heating Bills Were Higher Than You Expected
Another sign that it is time to replace your boiler is that your heating bills were much higher than you expected. If your boiler is nearing the end of its lifespan, it may use more fuel, such as natural gas or electricity, to operate and heat your home. You generally know how much your bills are in the winter. If you noticed a noticeable spike in your bill compared to the winter before, it may be because your older boiler is struggling to efficiently heat your home and you should consider investing in a new one.
3. You've Had to Repair the Boiler Multiple Times
The last sign that it is time to replace your boiler is making multiple repairs to a boiler. A boiler can be like a car. If you make repairs, it can run for a long, long time. But just like an older car, eventually, those repairs outweigh the value of the car, or in this case, the boiler. If you find yourself making repairs to the unit every winter, or multiple times a winter, it is time to ditch that old boiler and purchase a new one.
Most boilers have a lifespan of about 15 to 20 years. If your boiler is nearing or in this age range and you begin to notice any of these signs, it is likely time to have your boiler repaired. Contact your preferred heating professional today to schedule an inspection for your boiler and let them give you their professional opinion as to whether it is time to say goodbye to your old boiler and hello to a new one.