Boilers are built to be sturdy and long-lasting, but they eventually wear out and need to be replaced. When you have a boiler that isn’t performing as efficiently as it once did, keep in mind that this can end up costing you a considerable amount of money in higher utility bills. If yours is showing any of the following signs, it might be time to consider investing in a boiler upgrade.
- Age of boiler — Boilers can last for up to 15 years, but that depends on how well they’ve been maintained over the years. If your boiler is at least ten years old, it’s usually time to start looking into getting a new one. Even if your boiler hasn’t had any issues so far, it’s only a matter of time before it starts showing signs of age, such as rust buildup or leaks.
- Frequent repairs — If you’ve had to have your boiler repaired often, getting a new one can save you money. Instead of having to continue paying for repairs each time something goes wrong with your boiler, you can invest in a new one and keep it regularly maintained to reduce the risk of damage.
- Low energy efficiency — If your boiler isn’t providing the amount of energy savings you’d like, consider looking into a boiler upgrade. There are plenty of newer models available that offer improved energy efficiency to keep your utility bills down.
When you decide that it’s time for a new boiler, your basic options include steam boilers and hot water boilers. Steam boilers offer much lower efficiency, although it’s important to remember that there are high-efficiency versions of steam and hot water boilers available. You’ll also need to choose between an oil-fired boiler, gas-fired boiler or condensing boiler. Condensing boilers typically offer better efficiency than those fired by oil or gas.
If you’re due for a boiler upgrade, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We offer HVAC and plumbing services to homeowners throughout the Grand Traverse County area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about boilers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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