A boiler can only operate as efficiently as it is meant to if it is cared for properly. This means it needs to be professionally installed, repaired, and maintained by experienced and trained professionals to perform as it should.
It’s also important to remember that even with quality boiler services, there’s still a chance that something will eventually go amiss with your heating system, and eventually you may need boiler repairs or even replacement. Read on as we uncover some of the leading signs that your boiler is in trouble and needs help.
Have you detected unfamiliar or unpleasant smells coming from your boiler? If this is a gas-powered system, don’t ignore this sign! It can be indicative of a gas leak and needs to be taken care of right away. Aside from a gas leak, bad odors can be a sign of a problem with your ventilation system. Either way, it’s important to have this problem checked out right away before it gets worse.
Leaks from a boiler should never be ignored. Not only can leaks cause significant property damage to your household, but they can also be the sign of something going wrong inside your boiler, like corrosion. Plus, leaks lead to serious system inefficiency.
If your water seems like it’s a lot colder or even hotter than it is supposed to be, then you could have a problem with your boiler system. The water probably isn’t circulating as it should be, and as a result, it won’t be able to consistently heat your home.
Higher-Than-Average Utility Bills
It’s only natural that your heating bills are going to rise in the winter. But if they’re dramatically higher than they were this same time last year, or a lot higher than what your neighbors are paying, it’s a sign that something is causing your system to work inefficiently, and it’s a good idea to get it checked out.
Frequent Repair Needs
The above-mentioned issues can all be solved with professional repairs. But what if you find that you’re frequently calling for repair needs? Well, then it could be time to consider boiler replacement. Sure, a boiler is a pretty big investment, but so is paying the mounting costs of repairs.
Usually, if you have a pending repair that will cost at least half of what a new boiler would, it’s more cost-efficient to replace it than it is to go through with the repair. Keep in mind that maintenance helps fend this problem off for as long as possible! But no boiler lasts forever.
Your Boiler Is Old!
So what if you’ve had all the above symptoms, and your boiler is about 15 years old or more? This means it is probably time to start considering an upgrade. Even in the last 5-10 years, boilers have been made much more efficient than those of the past. It may serve you to start considering replacement as a means to save money month-to-month!