A functional boiler allows you to enjoy a warm and comfortable home during the coldest months of the year. But, like the other components of your heating system, you’ll need to replace the boiler once it exceeds its life span. Otherwise, you’ll have a faulty unit that increases your power costs, poses safety risks, and requires frequent plumbing repairs.

3 Indications Your Boiler Needs a Replacement

1. Advanced Age

A typical boiler lasts about 10 to 15 years. Over time, it may exhibit problems, such as low boiler pressure and cold patches in the radiators. Because old boilers require more maintenance and plumbing repairs, getting a new model can be more economical in the long run.

2. Leaks

plumbing repairsSome homeowners think that plumbing repairs can quickly solve the leaks in their heating system. However, a leaky boiler can indicate a damaged valve or seal; this is a sign that your unit is near the end of its useful life. If your boiler is broken, call plumbing professionals right away. The drip can result in a short circuit and pose a fire hazard.

3. Less Energy Efficiency

Older boiler models only convert 56% to 70% of the fuel they use into heat for your home. If you feel like you're spending too much on heating costs, it may be time to replace your unit. Modern boilers can have an energy efficiency of up to 98.5%, converting almost all the fuel into heat. This reduces your expenses while also lowering your household's carbon dioxide emissions.


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