Boilers are meant to last for a long time. You need them to provide hot water and heating at home or in commercial properties. The problem is that even if they were designed to last a long time, there will come a time when you have no other choice but to replace them. Here’s how you will know that it is time to bid goodbye to the old boiler and invest in a new one.
- It is already over 15 years old
On average, boilers last for up to 15 years. Routine maintenance can extend their life, but it is generally the length of most boilers’ life and you may end up using more than your planned budget for renovations and home improvements. Upgrades are available for old boilers if you want to have the modern features available, but this is not compatible with all models. Therefore, at this point, you might want to just have your boiler replaced.
- The energy efficiency rating is not A
The only acceptable rating is A. It means that the boiler is energy efficient. If it is anything below the said rating, you might have to change your mind. The boiler might be cheap, but you will have to spend more for maintenance or parts replacement. You will save more money in the long run with A-rated boilers
- Your boiler takes time to heat up
You don’t want a boiler that takes forever to heat up. It is a waste of time. You might want to have it checked, or repaired, but in many cases, it might not work correctly anymore. Even if parts are changed, the process is still slow. It is better to replace the whole thing and save more money than spending on constant repairs.
- The flame is yellow and not blue
The boiler should not have a yellow flame. It is an indicator of carbon monoxide. This is referred to as the silent killer. You cannot easily detect it. This can also cause a lot of harmful effects to one’s health. Therefore, if you notice that it turns to yellow, change it right away. Be aware of the dangers and don’t take the risk.
- Repairs are done more often
You have just finished repairing the boiler and it malfunctions again. You call someone in to repair and it works for a while before it goes back to being broken again. It is irritating to have this cycle. If maintaining it will cost a lot of money, you should consider boiler replacement.
Ultimately, you should decide if it is in your best interest to replace it. However, if all the above signs are there, whether or not you are financially ready, change it. You don’t want to wait for things to get worse before doing anything.