Boilers are designed to give you efficient heating over the long haul, but no system lasts forever. Eventually, your boiler will need to be replaced, and when that happens, our technicians have the skills and equipment needed to get the job done. We’ll help you assess your home’s heating needs and find the right boiler to meet those needs.
What to Consider
Like all machines, boilers have a useful lifespan, which tends to be around 30 years. If you have an older home with an older boiler, it may be time to push for replacement just because of normal wear and tear. Certain circumstances, however, can make it necessary to replace your boiler sooner than that 30-year time frame.
At Hurley & David, we never push for system replacement when an ordinary repair or replacement of a single worn part can restore normal boiler functionality. Sometimes, though, the issue is severe enough that replacing the boiler is more economical than trying to fix it. For example, we occasionally discover wear-related damage deep inside the boiler that causes a leak. Internal damage is a costly fix, and especially if the system is already well into its useful lifespan, it may be more worthwhile to just start fresh with a brand-new boiler.
Some homeowners find that it’s financially advantageous to replace a boiler even though it isn’t having a particular maintenance issue and isn’t quite at the end of its lifespan. That’s because modern boilers are substantially more efficient than systems made even five or ten years ago. If you can afford the up-front cost of a replacement system, you may be able to recoup that cost in just a few years of reduced heating bills, especially if you’re upgrading from oil to natural gas. We’ll be happy to do a payback analysis to help you understand the short- and long-term implications of a replacement system.
Moving Forward with Hurley & David
If you’re in a position where boiler replacement may be warranted, we’ll help you get all the information you need to make the right decision. We start every project with a heat loss calculation, which means we’ll measure the heat your home loses through its roof, windows, walls and doors in order to assess your heating load. Often, we’ll recommend additional insulation to make for more efficient heating going forward. Even when replacing an existing system, we always start with this calculation rather than just taking sizing information from your current boiler; after all, it may have been improperly sized when it was installed, or your home’s heating needs may have increased or decreased over time.
With that sizing information at the ready, we’ll help you choose a boiler that’s a perfect fit for your home, then get it up and running at peak efficiency. We believe in getting the job done right the first time, and we stand behind our work with our usual Fixed Right or It’s Free guarantee.
Replacing your boiler is a big decision, but it’s one we’ll be happy to help you navigate. Call us at (413) 732-3141 to learn more.