Have you turned your heat on yet? As nights get chillier and mornings become brisk, it’s time to turn the heat on. However, it’s also time to decide whether or not your boiler is doing its job well enough. If you are worried that your boiler is long past its prime or beyond repair, here are some of the signs that your boiler needs a replacement.
Age Is Not Just a Number
If your boiler is over 15 years old, it is probably time to start looking around for a replacement. While good maintenance can help to keep your boiler kicking past then, the past 15 years have seen huge advances in boiler technology that are worth investing in a new model.
Almost every boiler produced today has a high-efficiency rating on the scale (of A-G). A-rated boilers have an amazing 90% efficiency, while G-rated boilers have less than 70% efficiency. If you currently have a G-rated boiler, the difference in your monthly energy bills could outweigh almost all of the cost of a boiler replacement.
A Slow Heating Process
One of the easiest signs that you need a boiler replacement is a boiler that takes a long time to heat up. New models of boilers heat almost right away, so if your house is taking a long time to heat up, you might be overdue for a new boiler.
This sign is particularly dangerous, as your boiler is burning with a yellow flame instead of a blue flame, which indicates high amounts of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is deadly and, even at low levels, can cause severe health effects that are nothing to joke about. If you see a yellow flame on your boiler, you should first call the fire department to clear the home and check for carbon monoxide and then purchase a boiler replacement.
Repairing All the Time
Finally, if you are scheduling repairs for your boiler and dealing with new issues with a high degree of frequency, it’s another sign that your boiler is due for a replacement. The money you are spending on repairs will be better invested in a new model.
Heating Tips from Ambient Cooling & Heating
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