In some cases, if your heating boiler needs a repair, you may be wondering whether you should fix it or just get a new one. With small repairs, the answer is simple—just pay a repair professional. However, there are cases where you may want to opt for a new boiler. Here are some signs that it may be time to replace your boiler:
1. The Repair Costs More Than a New Boiler
Some extensive repairs can cost more than or about the same amount as just getting a new boiler heater. In those situations, the choice is obvious—it's time to upgrade. When crunching the numbers, don't just take into account the sticker price of the new boiler and the cost of the repair.
You should also consider the cost difference in running your new boiler compared to the old one. For example, imagine you are looking at a new, more efficient boiler, and it's going to cost about $40 less per month to run than the old boiler. Over the course of the first year alone, you are going to save $480. You need to take that number into account, but remember these are just sample numbers for the purpose of illustration.
2. The Old System Is Extremely Inefficient
In some cases, you may just want to take into account the energy efficiency of the system. Regardless of the cost of the repair, it may not make sense to patch up a system that's just draining your resources.
3. More Repairs Are on the Horizon
You should also consider the potential for future repairs. Sometimes, a single repair issue pops up, and you can just address that. However, as the boiler gets older, a single repair may snowball into multiple repairs.
The heating boiler repair tech should be able to give you an idea of whether or not other components are about to start failing, and you can let that information guide your decision.
4. The Boiler Is at the End of Its Lifespan
If you're on the fence or if you can't figure out whether or not you're likely to face a lot of repairs, you may want to take into account the age of the boiler. Heating boilers last an average of 10 to 15 years. However, some top-of-the-line boilers can last close to 20 years.
If you believe that your boiler is nearing the end of its lifespan, you may also just want to upgrade to a new one. After all, you will have to make that leap in a few years anyway.
5. The Heating Boiler Is the Wrong Size for Your House
If you have added extensions to your house, closed off rooms, or otherwise changed the size of your home, the heating boiler may no longer be the right size. In other cases, the original owners may have just bought the wrong size boiler. In both of these cases, you may want to replace the boiler.
A system that is too small will stay on all the time and may not cycle off, and in spite of that fact, it still won't be able to heat your home adequately. A system that is too large, on the other hand, will make your house uncomfortably hot and drive up your energy bill. In addition, the system may cycle on and off so many times that it starts to break.
If the only thing wrong with the heating boiler is its size, you may even be able to sell it. That can help to offset the cost of a new unit.
If you need help deciding, contact a repair and installation professional at a company like Moorhead Machinery & Boiler Co. They can help you assess your situation.