Heating systems don’t last forever, but sometimes it’s hard for homeowners or building owners to know when to upgrade a heating system.
What are the signs of a failing system, and what are the advantages of upgrading? Finally, what are the smart choices for owners who decide to upgrade?
Home Heating Tips: When To Replace Boiler
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Has the time come to upgrade and replace your home’s heating system or boiler? There’s no need to guess if you know the surefire signs of a heating system that is about to go belly up.
Experts say it’s much better to replace a boiler before it suffers a total breakdown. In other words, there’s no need to wait for that cold day when a failing system finally gives up the ghost.
Better to plan now to replace a failing boiler. That way, you can take advantage of cutting your losses. Dying systems are incredibly inefficient and costly.
Replacing them before the eke out their last breath is the smart, frugal thing to do. Do the planning and budgeting now so a failed heating system won’t undercut you in the dead of winter with no warning and no room in your budget to replace it.
7 Signs That Indicate A Boiler Breakdown Is Near
Of course, regular maintenance is the key to keeping a system in top shape and knowing, through diagnosis and professional inspection, when it’s time for a replacement or upgrade.
To be on the safe side, homeowners should have a system inspected at least once each year. For those who might have missed an inspection or two, here are the seven signs that you need a new heating system in your home:
- Increased Energy Use: Increased energy use is often the result of a dying boiler. How do you know when a system is using more energy than it should? First, you’ll notice monthly energy bills rising with no logical explanation. Second, you might note that you’ve had to have repair work done more frequently than expected. Higher utility bills and frequent HVAC service are signs of increased energy use. Put it all together, and it means a replacement system is needed.
- Age: There is no standard number of years after which a boiler or heating system needs a replacement. But there are intelligent guidelines. With proper maintenance, some high-quality boilers can last decades. Without regular maintenance and inspection, even better heating systems can run down in fewer than ten years. A very general average life of a boiler is somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 years. It’s best to have a professional tell you the expected life of your heating system during an annual inspection.
- Leakage: Leaks are typically a sign of a boiler that has reached the last months of its life. Why risk flooding and severe structural damage to your home in the event of a complete breakdown or massive leak? Replacement is the answer to leak problems.
- Strange Colors: If your boiler has black soot on it, or if the flames are almost entirely yellow, then it’s virtually sure that it is having venting issues. That’s a danger in itself and homeowners should always be on the lookout for CO problems. High-quality CO detectors are the answer to that issue, but what about the yellow flames and black soot? These strange hues are the boiler’s way of telling you it needs help.
- Decreased Home Comfort: For homes and commercial buildings, the rule is the same. If inside temperatures vary too much between rooms, the system is likely on its last legs. Inefficient, older units tend to make one or two rooms too cold and other rooms too hot. It’s one of the telltale signs that a heating system needs a replacement.
- Having A Low-Quality Unit: If a professional inspector alerts you to the fact that your boiler or heating system is one known to have serious quality issues, it is probably time for a replacement. Who knows why a previous owner installed a low-quality boiler? Maybe it was a matter of uninformed cost-cutting or just not knowing good from bad products. Regardless, if your system isn’t a top brand, then you should consider replacing it as soon as possible. Low-grade boilers leak heat and bleed money from their owners.
- Lots Of Breakdowns: When heating systems break down at regular and frequent intervals, that means one thing. It’s time to replace your unit. Oddly, some homeowners get used to heating system failures and write them off as normal. Nothing could be further from the truth. Breakdowns mean your system is dying. Don’t ignore this most visible of the warning signs.
Knowing when to replace a faulty boiler or heating system is one thing. Understanding the benefits of doing so is another. Every home or building owner should realize the significant advantages of upgrading a heating system.
The Advantages Of A Heating System Upgrade
Upgrading a faulty or dead heating system means a whole new life for a home that had been staggering along with noisy units and high utility bills. There are plenty of benefits to upgrading. Here are some of the most important ones:
- Better physical comfort in every room of the house. No need for extra sweaters and blankets when it’s cold outside. No more wondering why one room is ten degrees colder than another.
- The resale value of a home invariably goes up after a heating system replacement or significant upgrade.
- Monthly utility bills can decrease significantly after a system replacement.
- The system will run much more quietly, which translates to better sleep, the ability to hear TV and radio without high volume, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
- Pools, spas, and showers are more comfortable experiences.
- A key benefit that’s often not evident to homeowners is a low idle loss. That means a new boiler, as opposed to an old one, will not waste heat when the system is off.
Why PFO Heating & Air Conditioning Recommends Energy Kinetics
An Energy Kinetics boiler installed by PFO Heating & Air Conditioning makes sense for homeowners who want the best value in home energy.
There are multiple reasons that homeowners seek out Energy Kinetics heating systems when it’s time for an upgrade. Not only is the Energy Kinetics boiler an industry leader when it comes to super-quiet operation and ample amounts of hot water on demand, but the boiler design can lead to decreased utility costs of up to 40 percent. To learn more about Energy Kinetics installation costs, click here.
There’s also a lifetime warranty for residential installed units. But many other factors make Energy Kinetics systems the ideal choice for new systems.
- Energy Kinetics dealers are highly trained professionals who know how to install and inspect the systems fully.
- The warranty is second to none. It runs for the lifetime of a residential unit and even includes a decade of labor allowance on some models.
- All Energy Kinetics products are proudly made in America. That means a lot to our customers, and it means a lot to us, too.
- The Energy Kinetics line is a family owned business that’s been around for 40 years. The company’s mission is to make hot water and home heating both affordable and comfortable.
For one of the best boiler replacement companies in the area, contact PFO Heating & Air Conditioning.
We have NATE certified technicians on staff who possess the skills, knowledge, and experience to deliver high-quality HVAC services. Our expert technicians can inspect your unit and inform you of its condition. If you require a replacement, they can help you find the best heating system for your home. They will install it correctly so that it performs efficiently and reliably while improving your level of comfort.
We offer the most competitive HVAC replacement prices in the area. Furthermore, you can count on our installations to be fast and professional. We are an established company that prioritizes our customer’s satisfaction and comfort. All of our work is guaranteed.
Call PFO Heating & Air Conditioning now to schedule a free estimate.