As with all parts of your home, your boiler has a finite amount of time that it will work properly. Even if you conduct routine maintenance on your boiler you will eventually find that it requires a replacement or an upgrade.
The age of your boiler will largely determine whether to repair it or replace it, so you should call a professional plumber
). However, there are other crucial factors to consider when making this important decision.
Boilers, like other building appliances will age, which will lead to a gradual increase in maintenance costs. Unless something catastrophic occurs, then it will always cost more to replace than it is to repair. But the most important trend to keep track of is maintenance costs.
If maintenance expenses remain relatively stable then repairing your boiler is probably the better choice. If, however, maintenance costs begin rising rapidly then you will want to replace your boiler entirely.
Another factor to consider when making the repair or replace decision is the operating history of the boiler. Identical boilers in a facility may have varying operating histories such as how they were set up to how they were maintained. Review your boiler’s operating history to see if there are factors that suggest a replacement would be preferred over a repair.
Consider how efficiently or wasteful your boiler is. The fact of the matter is that new boilers offer huge increases in annual operating expenses compared to boilers that are only ten years old. Remember that while a new boiler presents the opportunity for huge savings on energy bills, there are higher upfront costs associated with investing in a new boiler versus repairing an old one.
Weigh the possible energy saved on your bills to how much you would have to pay upfront for the new boiler
. You can then compare these findings to how much you would pay for the repair and how much your energy bills would be with your old boiler.
Older systems are configured differently from newer systems. For instance, older setups tend to include only one or two large boilers. This configuration made it necessary to cycle one boiler to match part-load operating circumstances.
With new boilers, however, the system is more centralized. They use smaller modular boilers, which allows operators to match the system capacity to the facility’s needs better. This improves overall system efficiency which can save you tons on your energy bills.
Check your building’s historical building loads to see if there is a cost benefit to replace your old system with a newer modular one and call Professional handymen
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