A new boiler can cost an average of $5,251, so many people try to avoid having to think about replacing their old ones for as long as possible. Unfortunately, boilers don't last forever, and eventually the day will come when you'll need to upgrade your existing system. Here are three signs your existing boiler is due for an overhaul.
One sign your gas boiler is ready to expire is if it starts producing yellow flames. This is typically accompanied by the accumulation of black soot all over the equipment. This is a sure sign the appliance is not burning fuel correctly or efficiently and may even be venting carbon monoxide. If your carbon monoxide detector has gone off a couple of times, this is likely the source.
As you can imagine, this presents a hazard to you and your family, and you should replace the machine as soon as you can afford to do so.
Another sign your boiler is about to bite the dust is if you notice puddles of water accumulating around the machine. If your boiler requires you to fill it with additional water, this indicates the appliance has a leak and possible more than one. It's not unusual for boilers to develop cracks and holes as they near the end of their lifecycle. While you can probably get the leak repaired, you'll save more money in the long run if you opt to replace the machine altogether.
Increase in Energy Bills
Rising energy bills not connected to an increase in utility pricing is also a good indicator your boiler may need to be replaced. Higher oil, gas, or electricity usage indicates the machine is becoming less and less efficient, and the problem is only likely to get worse over time.
Things may be particularly pressing if there was also an increase in the amount of maintenance the boiler needs or it seems like you're always calling a technician to fix something on the appliance. This may mean the boiler is slowly (or quickly depending on the circumstance) deteriorating, and you may not have as much time as you think you do to replace it.
It's natural to want to avoid paying several thousand dollars to install a new boiler. If you don't want to live in a cold home during winter, however, it's best to contact a local boiler installation company for estimates and set up a payment plan if necessary to ensure you get the right appliance for your property.