In an oil-heated home, your boiler is one of the most important pieces of equipment. It not only keeps the house warm in these cold New England winters, but it heats the water for showers, baths, washing dishes, and keeps the pipes from freezing and bursting. Some days you may not notice it. But because it is also a big investment, its important to know when it may need replacing before it costs you more in repairs, becomes unsafe, or completely stops working on a cold, snowy night.
But how do you know when it’s time to consider getting a new boiler?
If your oil-fired boiler is 12 years old or younger and has been properly maintained, you shouldn’t need to worry about replacing your unit just yet. Instead, you should spend some time and money to improve the energy-efficiency in other areas of your home. See our list of tips: Saving on Heating Costs this Winter.
The typical lifespan of a boiler will vary based on its operating environment but it is typically about 20 years. That’s why it’s important to have the system serviced regularly by a qualified Levco technician. They will be able to properly assess the condition of the boiler and make any appropriate recommendations.
Still, it’s important to be aware of some warning signs that indicate it may need replacing. It pays to be prepared and not to have to make a decision in a panic when your family is huddled by the fireplace dressed in every piece of warm clothing they own.
Are your energy bills going up?
Rising energy costs are not the only reason for high bills. Boilers often lose their efficiency as they age, especially if not properly maintained. As a result, your oil burner may need to run longer to provide the same amount of heat. This will cause your energy bills to go up. And, all of the money you pay your energy utility companies every month could be used to help you pay for a new, much more energy-efficient and energy-saving boiler.
Older boilers have to work harder to produce heat, and as a result, your energy bills and repair costs steadily increase. Even if there isn’t a noticeable repair that needs to be made, you’ll still come out cheaper in the long run if you purchase more efficient equipment.
Have you needed any boiler repairs in the last 2 years?
Boilers are like cars. As they age, you may find yourself replacing one part only to need another part replaced or repaired next year. Boilers incur the most breakdowns in the last 2 years of their lives. And as a boiler ages it gets harder to source replacement parts.
Is your furnace making strange noises?
Older boilers often start to make some strange noises as they get toward the end of their life. Have you heard any growling, rattling, or squealing noises? If you’ve ruled out ghosts, its probably coming from your boiler. Boilers can be noisy in general, but if that noise gets louder over time, then you may want to consider a replacement.
Levco technicians are available 24/7 to help you determine if you need to repair or replace your oil fired boiler. It’s important to consider what’s right for your home, your lifestyle and your system as a whole. Give us a call today to speak with a friendly, knowledgeable team member to help answer any questions or schedule a time we can come visit.
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