Walking into a cold home or office is only pleasant during hot summer days. But when it’s the dead of winter, and you’re looking for an escape, you’d better hope the boiler is working. It’s important to keep up with boiler maintenance because they are integral to keeping your indoor environment comfortable. But like all appliances, systems, and units—things occasionally go wrong. So how would you know when to replace a boiler? And can a repair be done to avoid higher boiler replacement costs? Continue reading to find answers about when to replace a boiler.
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What Is a Boiler?
A boiler is a pressure vessel that provides heat for your home or business by turning water into steam and distributing heat throughout. A boiler also provides heat for radiant heating systems, and the steam it creates can warm up pipes in your home. Your water boiler can heat potable water as well, but that is not typically its main use, unlike a water heater.
You rarely hear noise from your boiler, which is a good sign. But as soon as it starts making strange noises like a clunking or whirring sound—it’s time to have it looked at. Depending on the sound it’s making, it could be the pump fan is worn out, or the water pressure in the boiler is too low.
Noticing a strange odor in your home? This could be a sign of a carbon monoxide leak that derives from your boiler failing to burn property. As you may know, carbon monoxide is a deadly, odorless gas. Any carbon monoxide leak should be a cause for concern and should prompt you to immediately call for boiler repair.
High Energy Bills
Have your energy bills been unexpectedly high lately? Don’t blame the kids for leaving lights on before you check your appliances. Issues with your boiler will be apparent on your bill. Leaks and other issues hurt your boiler’s efficiency, causing it to work harder and draw more energy, resulting in a higher bill.
Lack of Heat
Is your home or office experiencing heating issues, such as taking longer to warm up the building? Then there’s a strong chance the issue is your boiler. Although it doesn’t necessarily mean you should replace it right away, you should have one of our technicians take a look.
Water Takes Forever to Warm Up
Does water never seem to reach the temperature you want it at? This could be an issue with one or several parts of your boiler, including the thermostat, airlock, valve, or diaphragm. Before stressing out trying to figure out the cause—call our team to take a look. We can help you determine if you need a boiler replacement or repair.
How long has your boiler been leaking? Any amount of time is an issue since a small leak can quickly turn into a bigger disaster. Water from the boiler can spread to the walls, floors, and other parts of your home that are vulnerable to water damage. Don’t ignore leaks. Call professionals like us to help you avoid a headache.
Boiler Replacement Cost
The national average boiler replacement cost is about $5,700, which might not include labor costs. While it’s no small price, replacing your boiler is essential to keeping yourself and everyone in your home or business comfortable. To help you cover the costs, Hurley & David offers HVAC financing options for every budget.
Where To Get Your Boiler Replaced
Before another Massachusetts winter passes through, call HD Air to have your boiler repaired or replaced. With over 50 years of boiler servicing experience, we know all makes and models inside and out. Our technicians can handle any of your boiler issues. Learn more about our boiler services or schedule an appointment today.