Heating Efficiency: 9 Signs Your Boiler Needs Replacement

A pressure gauge on an old boiler that shows signs of needing replacement.
Mar 2017 14

Even though you take good care of your boiler and perform maintenance once every year, even the most reliable equipment reaches the end of its lifespan. Most modern boilers usually last for up to 15 years - and the older they get, the harder they have to work to keep your home warm. Not only can you see your boilers inefficiency in your energy bill, you can feel it in your home as the comfort in it decreases.

If you’re wondering whether it’s time for your current boiler to retire, here is a list of 9 signs that you should replace your boiler:

  • Your house isn’t as warm as it should be
  • The boiler takes long to heat up
  • Your energy bill has gone up
  • Boiler needs frequent repairs
  • Boiler is older than 15 years
  • Energy efficiency rating of your boiler is below ‘A’
  • Boiler is making strange, unusual noises
  • Boiler emits a strange smell
  • The flame burns yellow (rather than blue)

If your boiler is older than 15 years, working inefficiently and out of the usual, it’s time to call a boiler technician. A professional will assess your equipment and recommend either to repair or replace it. However, there are some cases where boiler replacement should be a top priority, because it may not only cost a lot to maintain but also pose a risk to your health.

Warning signs of carbon monoxide emission

If your boiler emits a smell while it is trying to heat your home, or the flame burns yellow instead of blue, it’s a strong indication that your boiler may be emitting carbon monoxide. Known as the “silent killer”, carbon monoxide can cause serious health issues, and in some cases, can even be fatal. Since carbon monoxide is both odorless and colorless, there aren’t many ways to know if your boiler is emitting this gas, so contact your boiler technician if you notice strange smells, difficulty in igniting, burning and extinguishing the boiler, and the boiler flame burning yellow. If anyone in your household shows signs of carbon monoxide poisoning (nausea, dizziness and difficulty breathing), evacuate immediately and seek medical attention.

Is it time to replace your heating equipment? HVAC Experts Chicago will help you choose the right boiler!

Boiler replacement is a smart choice when done right - you’ll increase the comfort in your home, lower your energy bill and contribute to protecting the environment by using less energy to heat your home. The key to achieving these goals is choosing the boiler that can heat your home efficiently - it should be neither too big nor too small. Fortunately, you’re not alone - boiler professionals at HVAC Experts will take the specifics of your home in Chicago into account and help you choose the equipment that is the perfect fit for your home. All you need to do is call us at (630) 216-8883 or schedule your appointment online and we’ll find the solution you’re looking for. We know everything there is to know about boilers and we’ll answer all of your questions - all you need to do is ask. We also have an easy financing program available to help you afford the new equipment, and if you need anything else, contact us and we’ll do our best to help you.