Evaluate your Existing System
Boiler heating systems can account for up to 50% of an energy bill, so you should make that you are getting the most for your money.
If your boiler is older than 20 years, then it is a good investment to have it replaced with a high-efficiency model that will quickly pay for itself. Replacing your boiler will lower your energy bills and reduce the environmental damage being done by your home.
Additionally, any boiler that was installed in the house before you moved in should certainly be evaluated to see if it needs replacement.
It’s never a good idea to put off replacing something as critical to your home as a boiler. If left unattended, a small issue relating to your boiler can become a very large one, putting both your family and your home at risk.
Consult the list below to see if your boiler is showing any warning signs of being broken and dangerous.
- Smells – If you start experiencing odors coming from your boiler, then you should get the furnace inspected immediately. A gas or oil leak from a boiler can become an enormous issue, as it is not only dangerous, but can also cost you a lot of money through lost fuel. Additionally, carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that will kill you, can be the result of a broken ventilation system on the unit.
- Leaking Water – Pools of water may leak out of the boiler and gather around the base of the unit. The water that is constantly being lost makes it very difficult for the unit to heat the water inside to the proper temperature, meaning you will be using significantly more fuel and your unit will be working at maximum capacity to do minimal work. Leaving this issue unattended can also result in a massive rupture that will lead to even more water damage issues than what you already might have.
- Incorrect Temperatures – When you are experiencing water that is too hot or too cold, there is often an issue with circulation. The water is not being evenly heated, leaving you with water that may be too hot or too cold. This may be caused by leaks or buildup within the unit, and should be attended taken care of before it is too late.
- Noises – Hissing noises are often associated with iron or sludge deposits that cause uneven water distribution and can result in the boiler overheating and shutting down. Allowing your hot water boiler to constantly overheat significantly adds to fuel costs and limits the usage of the unit, so hearing noises can be enough to reason to have your unit inspected.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Save yourself the worry and take care of any problems you have now, so that they don’t become gigantic issues in the future.