Many homes and businesses are heated by boilers. It has been an extremely popular method for heating buildings for decades. Eventually though, any system is going to wear out. If you have a boiler and have noticed that it's been operating less efficiently lately, it may be time to think about replacing your old unit with a new one. There are many different types of boilers on the market, and a professional can help you choose the one that works best in your particular situation. Below are some signs that it may be time to call in someone to replace your boiler.
One of the main reasons that boilers have to be repaired is because of leaks. The occasional leak is bound to happen, especially when you consider how much water passes through the system. But if your boiler leaks frequently, it could be close to failing. If so, it might be a good idea to replace it rather than to have to keep calling in a technician to patch things back together.
Rust and Scaling
If you see rust and scaling on the pipes going to and from your boiler, this might mean that you have leaks that are less obvious than the ones mentioned above. It could just indicate that you have a damaged pipe. But if you notice more than one area of pipe with this problem, it's more likely that your boiler is the issue.
Any boiler is going to have sounds emanating from it. As your boiler is operating, you will over time come to recognize the normal operating sounds it makes when it's working properly. However, if you start hearing grinding, clanging or knocking, it may be that your old boiler finally needs to be replaced.
How old your boiler is can also help you decide whether it needs to be replaced. Just like with any other machine or system, as your boiler gets older, you will find that repairs will become more frequent (and often more expensive). At some point, you'll probably decide that it's time to put your old boiler out to pasture and bring in a new one.
Another criterion you can use to determine whether you need to replace your old boiler is how efficient it is. If you check out newer models, you'll find that they can more effectively heat your home or business using considerably less fuel. Particularly during the last two decades, boiler efficiency has improved dramatically.
Contact a plumbing professional like A Bailey Plumbing for more information.