Most boilers will last 10-15 years. However, you will need to make sure your Connecticut boiler is maintained and gets it annual service. Not only will your boiler last longer, but it will be more cost efficient when you do use it. A poorly performing boiler will leak money out of your wallet and put your family in danger. Here are the top six signs your CT boiler needs replacing.
You’ve had It 15+ Years
When did you get your boiler? If you’ve maintained your boiler, it can last you at least 15 years. After that, it will start to get sluggish and can cost more money to repair and run. You’ll want to upgrade to the latest model. If your boiler is old, there are high chances it’s better to replace it.
The Flame Is Yellow
The flame within a boiler should be blue. If it burns yellow, it’s a sign that there could be more carbon monoxide being released. This is an odorless gas that is extremely difficult to detect. While you can get carbon monoxide alarms, it’s a good idea to check the color of the flame every now and then. That yellow is a subtle sign it’s time to replace your boiler.
Your Boiler Doesn’t Heat Up Quickly
How long does it take for your boiler to heat up when you turn on? You should feel some heat right away. If it takes more than 5-10 minutes for your home to start feeling warm, your boiler isn’t working efficiently. This could mean a repair is necessary, which moves us onto the next point.
It’s not just about the time it takes to heat up either. When your home is warm, just how cozy is it? Does it feel as warm as it used to? As the boiler starts to degrade, your heating system doesn’t emit as much heat as it used to. You may find you need to have the thermostat turned up higher or your heating on for longer to feel comfortable.
You’re Constantly Repairing the Boiler
Think back to the last time you repaired your Connecticut boiler. If it was just last week and you’re already fixing something else, your boiler is running inefficiently. The odd maintenance is normal, but you shouldn’t spend more on repairing your boiler than it would cost to replace it on a yearly basis. If the repair work is more than general maintenance, buy a new boiler.
Fuel Bills Keep Increasing
Keep an eye on your energy bills. If they’re going up in price but your energy supplier isn’t increasing prices, it’s a sign that something is happening in your home. Either you’re using your heating more or your boiler isn’t as energy efficient as it used to be.
Why are you using your heating more? If your home isn’t heating up as much, it’s a sign you’re losing heat somewhere or your boiler is degrading.
It could also be a sign that your CT boiler isn’t energy efficient. Look for those that are grade ‘A.’ The switch could save you as much as 30% on the fuel bills.
You Can Hear Strange Noises
Does your boiler make weird noises that it never used to? You may hear a whirring sound or clunks every now and then. There will usually be an initial sound when you turn the boiler on, but that should disappear after a few minutes. If it doesn’t, something isn’t working. Don’t ignore it, as it could be something that puts your family at risk.
There are all sorts of faults, so call out an energy to have your boiler checked out. It could be the fan needs replacing, but it could be something far more serious.
It’s time to listen to your Connecticut boiler. The best thing you can do is take steps to protect your family. If that means replacing your boiler, it will be worth it.