5 Benefits of Replacing Your Boiler

5 Benefits of Replacing Your BoilerBoilers are hardy and reliable. They can chug on for one or two decades putting out a steady supply of heat, keeping you warm and cozy during even the harshest wintertime conditions.

But like any other type of HVAC equipment, boilers have a lifespan. They will eventually wear out or break down, and they may begin to lose effectiveness well before they reach that final stage.

Sometimes it is better to act quickly than wait for the inevitable. That is certainly the case with aging or failing boilers, which should be replaced before they stop functioning completely.

There are some worthwhile benefits you could enjoy if you replace your old boiler now—and those benefits will be especially enjoyable if you install a state-of-the-art gas hot water boiler. These ingenious home heating appliances provide superior performance and high-end efficiency, in a long-term cost-saving package.

Benefits of Replacing Your Boiler with a Gas Hot Water Boiler

Want to know what makes gas hot water boilers a winning technology? Here’s a list of the advantages they offer:

#1 Lower operating costs

Gas boilers that pump heated water to radiators and hydronic baseboard heaters consume less energy than their oil-burning counterparts. Heating with water (which is known as hydronic heating) is also more efficient than heating with air, which gives gas boilers an advantage over gas- and oil-burning furnaces as well.

#2 More efficient heating

Hydronic systems distribute their heat more evenly and consistently throughout a home than forced-air technology. With a gas hot water boiler, you won’t have to worry about cold spots, or about having rooms that are simply too cold to inhabit during frigid weather.

#3 Durability and a longer lifespan

Because of the way they’re constructed, boilers tend to last for a long time with just basic maintenance and monitoring. They have few moving parts and therefore won’t wear down or wear out at the same pace as a furnace.

#4 Reduced size

Gas hot water boilers are significantly smaller than furnaces. Some models are small enough and light enough to be mounted on walls.

#5 Better indoor air quality

Gas boilers feed heated water through a network of pipes, while furnaces distribute heated air through a system of ducts and vents. Unfortunately, furnaces circulate clouds of indoor air contaminants right along with that heated air. Indoor air pollution remains a constant concern with forced-air heating systems, since excessive exposure to these contaminants can lead to respiratory problems, allergy attacks and other debilitating or unpleasant health conditions.

Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Boiler

Regardless of the make, model and age of your boiler, you likely won’t want to replace it unless you have reason to believe its performance is declining. Here are some signs that might your old boiler has entered its death spiral:

  • Advanced age.
    With proper maintenance, a boiler should last for about 15 years before noticeable declines are detected. Of course, you shouldn’t base your decision to get a new boiler on age alone. Other signs of decrease capability should be evident before you begin thinking about making such a move.
  • Escalating costs.
    A slow creep upward in your fuel bills is one sign that your boiler is working less efficiently than before. More frequent and more expensive repair bills to fix malfunctioning components are yet another sign of irreversible decline.
  • Frequent leaks.
    Aging boilers will invariably start to leak. Possible sources of the leaking include damaged seals or cracks in the metal caused by corrosion or constant exposure to physical stress. Boilers are high-pressure appliances susceptible to leaking over time.
  • Discoloration.
    An accumulation of black soot on oil burners and yellow flames on gas burners means the fuel is no longer combusting completely or efficiently. In a worst-case scenario, this could cause a build-up of carbon monoxide in your home, which can cause headaches, dizziness, chest pains and possibly even death in sufficient concentrations.
  • Reduced home comfort.
    Perhaps your boiler is keeping you less comfortable than it used to. Or maybe it can no longer keep every room warm enough to occupy when the mercury plunges. In either case, the loss of potency represents a notable loss of efficiency.

ABE Heating and Cooling Stays Up-to-date on Boilers

The advance of technology in the HVAC industry is relentless. This is as true for boilers as it is for furnace, air conditioners or heat pumps. At ABE Heating and Cooling we keep up with all the latest developments in the entire field, and we can give you fully accurate and up-to-date information about gas hot water boilers and hydronic heating systems. We are located in Brighton, Colorado and serve the entire Denver Metro Area, and we invite you to contact us today if want to upgrade your current heating and cooling system.