Boilers are incredibly sturdy systems, compared to other traditional heating system types. While a furnace may last 20 years with proper care and maintenance, a boiler could easily last twice as long. The reason that boilers last so long is because they have fewer moving parts, and thus fewer ways to develop problems or break down. Boilers don’t last forever, though. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to replace your boiler no matter how well you took care of it. You’ll want to do this before winter, so you don’t end up having your boiler break down on you when you need it the most. Read on for some of the signs that you should probably replace your boiler before winter.
Loss of Efficiency
As a boiler ages, it accumulates more and more wear and tear on the various parts of the system. This decreases the efficiency of the system, which in turn forces it to stay on for longer and longer periods in order to affect the same temperature changes. Staying on for longer increases the cost of operation for the boiler, which is reflected in your monthly bills. If your boiler is costing more and more money to operate, it might be a good time to replace it.
Rise in Repairs
Now, under normal circumstances you shouldn’t have to repair your boiler more than once every couple of years. In a failing boiler, though, the wear and tear built up over years of normal use will eventually cause parts to start failing. Since each part wears down a bit differently, you may find yourself having to repair multiple parts over the course of a few weeks. If this happens, it’s time to replace your boiler with a new one.