No matter what type of boiler system you use to heat your home, it can only work as efficiently as it’s meant to if it is professionally installed and properly cared for. This also means that any necessary repairs should be conducted by trained and experienced professionals.
But how do you know to begin with when repairs are necessary? Well, this starts with maintenance. If you’ve invested in annual maintenance for your boiler system, then it’s already getting checked over by the pros once a year at least. This is great for peace of mind!
It’s still important, though, that you know the signs of a boiler in need of professional service so you can give us a call right away before the problem grows worse. Read on as we uncover some of the hints that your boiler may need repair or even replacement.
First, How Old Is Your Boiler?
The standard boiler, when well-maintained, will last about 15 years. Even if yours hasn’t quite gotten there yet, it may be worth looking into upgrading your boiler or at least being very aware of how age is impacting its structural integrity.
Remember, even in the last 5 years, boilers have been designed with much greater efficiency. So if your system is on the older side, it could save you a lot of money and hassle to upgrade now.
Unpleasant or even just unfamiliar smells coming from your boiler shouldn’t be ignored. These odors could be the sign of a gas leak, which should be addressed as soon as possible when you notice it. Even if you’re not dealing with a gas leak, bad smells can be the result of a ventilation problem.
Boiler leaks should never be ignored. Not only can this create significant property damage within your home, but it can also be the sign of something going wrong inside your boiler, plus it can lead to system inefficiencies.
Is your water coming out a little colder or even a little hotter than what the temperature should be? You may very well have a recirculating problem preventing the boiler from consistently heating your home.
Higher Than Average Utility Bills
Everyone’s energy bills are going to rise during the winter. However, if you notice that your heating bills are significantly more than they were this same time last year, it’s time to give us a call and get to the bottom of “why” they’re so high. It’s definitely a sign that something is preventing your boiler from operating as efficiently as it once did.
Frequent Repair Needs
All of the above-mentioned issues, except for old age, can typically be fixed with repairs. But what if you’re constantly calling for repair needs? If you find yourself reaching out for repairs 2-3 times a year instead of once every 2-3 years, you have a problem.
A general rule of thumb is that if your next repair or set of repairs is going to cost over half of what your current system is worth, it’s time to consider if that particular boiler is still worth your money.