Should You Replace or Repair Your Boiler?
Boilers can provide decades of comfort, but they’re not designed to last forever. As your boiler ages, its maintenance and service costs will slowly increase. Older systems also tend to have more repair issues that could have an even bigger impact on your budget. When choosing between a boiler repair or replacement, keep these key considerations in mind.
Age of the System
The actual lifespan of your boiler can depend on a variety of factors including your average usage, model, and scheduled HVAC maintenance. On average, a standard system will typically last between 20 to 30 years. If you have an older boiler that frequently needs repairs or service, a replacement might be the better option. Repairs can keep the system running for a few more months, but they can’t add another decade. It’s better to invest in a new, high-efficiency system that will start saving you money right now versus trying to spend less per year.
Boilers are large energy users, and if you have a system with a low efficiency rating, it could cost you more daily than you think. Systems more than 20 to 30 years old are likely to have operating efficiencies of 70% or less. A new condensing boiler, on the other hand, has the potential to boast an efficiency rating of up to 95%. Opting for a more efficient boiler will drastically lower your monthly utility costs.
Part of the reason why older boilers need repairs so frequently is that they’re full of outdated parts. This also applies to their safety features, which may no longer be up to code. Regular professional inspections can keep you informed on your boiler’s condition and when to replace it. When your system begins to fall short of local and state safety guidelines, consider a prompt installation to protect your property.
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