Last week, we posted a blog topic that asked the question, “Should I Have a New Furnace Installed This Fall?” Since not every home uses a furnace to supply its winter comfort, it makes sense to follow up that post with one about installing a new boiler.

Boiler Longevity

First off, we have to note that boilers tend to last longer than other types of heating systems. This is because boilers have fewer moving parts than furnaces and heat pumps, so they pick up less wear and tear over time. Furnaces have a lifespan expectancy between 15 to 20 years, while boilers have an expectancy between 20 to 30 years. However, boilers that don’t receive regular maintenance will decline rapidly, so the question of whether or not your old furnace is ready to be replaced can be somewhat tricky.

Some Warning Signs You Boiler Is Dying

The best way to decide to replace your boiler is to call on professionals, like the ones on our team, to look over the system and decide how long it’s expected to last. Below are some signs that it’s probably time to bring in professionals to assess your boiler:

  • Corrosion: Boilers are manufactured to resist rust and other forms of corrosion for as long as possible. When corrosion does start to appear on the tank, the heat exchanger, or other parts, it’s a major warning the boiler is close to the end of its service life.
  • Leaking: A minor leak every few years isn’t a big problem for a boiler; you just have it repaired. But when leaks become more commonplace, then it’s probably time for a new boiler.
  • Expensive operation: Whenever any heating system is starting to die, it will turn inefficient and drive-up energy costs. Keep track of what you pay for heating each winter: when the price starts to rise without any obvious cause, then it’s likely the heating system is falling behind and should be retired.

Call on Golden Rule in Indianola, IA to find out if it’s time for a new boiler. “We Obey the Rules to Live By.”

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