When Should I Replace My Boiler? A Pittsburgh Tech Answers

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When to Replace a Boiler

If you’re starting to notice issues with your boiler, you’re probably asking yourself, “When is it time to replace my boiler?”

The most concrete answer to this question is age. The typical lifespan of a boiler is about 15-20 years, so if your system has hit this mark, it’s probably time to start shopping for a new boiler. 

However, age is not always the determining factor when it comes to replacing your boiler. You could have a boiler break down in 12 years or have a boiler that’s 22 and working okay. 

Our general recommendation is if you have a boiler that is 10-15+ years and you notice one of these signs, you should replace your boiler.

Other signs you need to replace your boiler include:

  1. Your boiler is leaking
  2. Your boiler needs repairs
  3. You energy bills are higher than they used to be

Below, we’ll look into each of these factors in more detail to help you gauge whether you need to start looking for a new boiler or if you can hold off for a little longer.

Knowing when it’s time to replace your boiler is not always cut and dry. If you would rather speak with a professional and have them provide you with a recommendation on whether or not it’s time to replace your boiler, we would be happy to help. Learn more about the boiler installation services we offer or…

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Factor #2: Your boiler is leaking

A tell-tale sign that it’s time to replace your boiler is if you notice semi-frequent leaking. While some leaks are due to installation issues, loose parts, etc., semi-frequent leaking is usually the result of corrosion over time.

Unfortunately, if your boiler is corroded or rusting inside, there is really nothing that can be done besides replacing your system. 

To determine whether your boiler leak is from corrosion or something else, we would suggest having a professional come and take a look. They will be able to tell you whether a leak is due to corrosion or something else.

Want to learn about common reasons your boiler could be leaking? Read our blog, Why Is My Boiler Leaking? A Pittsburgh Tech Answers.

Factor #3: Your boiler needs repairs

Needing a repair or a refresher every couple of years isn’t a big deal, but if you’re noticing that your boiler is needing frequent repairs (every 6 months or so), it’s time to start looking into a new boiler. 

We know what you’re going to say next: “The cost to repair my boiler is a lot cheaper than buying a new one.”

And yes, you’re right. There is no doubt that installing a new boiler is a large financial investment. 

But, just like with a car, temporary repairs can only hold off the inevitable for so long. If your boiler is nearing or past the typical lifespan of a boiler, you should probably cut your losses and install a new boiler. 

Besides, the average cost of a boiler repair in Pittsburgh is $465. Even if you keep your boiler around for a few extra years, if you’re paying for repairs every couple months, it could add up to a sizeable amount of money that you’re putting into a dying system as opposed to investing it in a boiler that will last. 

Factor #4: Your energy bills are high

As boilers age, certain components wear out and stop working as well as they should, causing your boiler to work less efficiently than it used to.

The less efficient your boiler is, the higher your energy bills will be. So, if your energy bills are climbing and you haven’t made any significant changes to the temperature of your home, it’s probably due to the fact that your boiler is inefficient and will need to be replaced.

Still have questions about your boiler? Contact the pros: Calfo

We understand that installing a new boiler is a big investment, and you don’t want to make that investment unless you need to. At Calfo, we will never try to upsell you on something you don’t need in order to make a sale. We would be happy to take a look at your current system and make recommendations on what you should do with your boiler.

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