Boilers are becoming less common, but there are still many homes along the Wasatch front that rely on boilers and radiant heating for warmth. Similar to other hot water heaters and mechanical systems, boilers can malfunction. We’ve compiled a short list below of boiler repair issues that might suggest it’s time to replace your boiler rather than repair it.
1. Repairs Keep Popping Up
If your boiler is consistently breaking—it’s a sign that it may be time to replace it. A few red flags that your boiler may be on the fritz include the thermostat not working properly, the boiler making unusual noises, water seepage around the boiler or radiator, an alert from your carbon monoxide detector, uneven heat distribution throughout your home, or your utility bills have increased significantly.
If you are repairing your boiler more than once a year, consider replacing it. Those repairs can add up, making it more cost-effective to replace the boiler and avoid frequent repairs. With the money you’ll save on repairs, your boiler will pay for itself!
2. Your Boiler is More Than 20 Years Old
A boiler typically has a lifespan of about 20-30 years. However, that life span can be shortened or extended depending on its maintenance, the kind of boiler that you have, and whether or not it is properly sized for your home. When a boiler is nearing the end of its life, problems start to happen more frequently, you may find that it needs to work harder to heat your home—raising your energy bills. If you have an old boiler conserve on your energy bill and repair costs with a new, high-functioning boiler.
3. Yellow Flames Instead of Blue Flames
A healthy boiler will ignite blue flames. If you’re seeing yellow flames, it’s an indication that your boiler is burning carbon monoxide. When dirt and other debris clog burners, the result is yellow flames. High levels of carbon monoxide can be lethal. A boiler is more likely to emit low levels. These levels can cause symptoms such as dizziness, stomach aches, headaches, and chest pains. If anyone in your household is experiencing these symptoms, see a medical professional as soon as possible. If you’re seeing yellow flames, it’s time to replace your boiler.
4. Your Boiler is Leaking
A leaking boiler is a serious problem. It is often a sign that a valve or seal is broken. This type of problem should be repaired quickly to avoid rust and corrosion or damage to electric components. If you’ve had a leaky boiler for a while or see signs of corrosion it may be time to think about a replacement.
If it’s time to replace your boiler, contact the experts at Black Diamond Electric, Plumbing, Heating and Air. We offer installation and repair services for boilers and radiant heating systems. We’ll have your home equipped with a boiler in no time! Keep warm this winter with a little help from Black Diamond.