If you have a boiler, there is every chance that you will know just how important the role it plays in the smooth running of your house is. Because of this, it is wise to keep track of your boiler just in case it may not be working as expected. The operation of boilers compared to furnaces and heat pumps is very different. As your boiler ages, it reaches a time when it will need to be replaced, the problem is there are many individuals out there who do not know the signs that their boilers need replacement. Below are some of the signs your boiler needs replacement.
1) Increased Frequency of Repair
As time passes, your boiler gets old and parts of the boiler gets worn out. Parts of the boiler also break down and will need replacement. Frequency of part replacements increases as the boiler ages more, it might even reach a point where you will need to replace parts every couple of months. This is one of the signs for boiler replacement. When it this occurs, you can call an expert who will evaluate and advice if a new one may be required.
Kettling refers to when your boiler produces a worrying rumbling sound. You may be conversant with the idea of hard and soft water. Hard water contain more minerals than soft water. If your boiler works with hard water, then the minerals in the water usually accumulates. This especially occurs at the boiler’s heat exchanger. After a long period of boiling hard water, the mineral accumulates until when water flow is restricted or completely blocked. This leads to excessive increase in pressure within the boiler system leading to kettling. The pressure build up is always dangerous and may even lead to explosion. If your boiler produces such rumbling sound, then it is time for a replacement.
3) Energy Bills Going Up
As your boiler ages, then its efficiency goes down especially if not properly maintained. Most of the times the boilers start consuming more energy than before. If the increase in energy pay bill is too much, then it could be time for a replacement. Instead of paying excess energy bills, you can use this money to purchase a newer more efficient boiler.
4) Yellow Flame Instead Of Blue
This is for you using a gas boiler. This sign means that deadly carbon monoxide gas is being produced by your boiler. There are other signs of carbon monoxide production which include:
- Soot around furnace
- Moisture in windows and cold surfaces
- Headaches, nausea and other symptoms that resemble flu among family members.
Boilers run the risk of emitting carbon monoxide. Above are signs that you should consider replacement. Other signs for replacement include:
5) Fluctuating water temperature
6) Leaking water
Boilers are important devices that should be maintained only by professionals. Having a maintenance program for your boiler will save you a lot. Despite this, age is still a factor to boilers, therefore if the above signs appear, then it may be time.