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Signs Your Boiler Needs Repairs


Is your boiler not as dependable as it used to be? If it’s problematic and nearing the end of its lifespan, you’ve got a bit of a dilemma on your hands. Maybe you’re noticing that you’re not as warm as you could be, that your boiler is making odd noises, or that you’re spending more money than you’re accustomed to on monthly energy bills. These are all issues that deserve attention before they lead to a system failure.

If you’ve been happy with the comfort and reliability your boiler has provided and know you want a new boiler when the time comes to replace it, we couldn’t agree with you more. Modern boilers outlast other types of heating systems such as furnaces and heat pumps. But a boiler won’t run forever and perhaps you’ve needed boiler repair in Menomonee Falls, WI too often for your liking. Let’s go over the signs that it’s almost time for a replacement.

The Age of Your Boiler

Your boiler’s age is the biggest factor in estimating how long it’ll last. The average lifespan of a gas boiler is 15-20 years with electric boilers potentially lasting longer. If your boiler is 20 years old or past that, we recommend that you consider a replacement. 

Boilers that are at that 20-year mark and beyond have a high risk of failure. The boiler may seem like it’s been working okay, but it’s at the point where it can deteriorate rapidly. Repairs at this point are likely to be quite costly. Get it replaced now and avoid your boiler failing on the coldest day of the year.

Signs of Corrosion or Leaks

Older boilers are subject to rust, corrosion, and leaks and all of these scenarios are highly problematic and often expensive to repair–if it’s repairable at all. If the corrosion is isolated to a single area such as a valve, it may be possible to replace this one rusted part. If the body of the boiler is corroded, that’s grounds for replacement. 

Although external rust on your boiler is a definite sign that it’s corroded, you’ll also want to look for any cracks or cuts that could allow oxygen to make its way into the boiler. Any way that air can enter the system is going to be a starting point for rust to develop. 

Leaks are another serious symptom for boilers with the potential for leaks to develop around their valves and connection points. If you ever see water pooling around the boiler, you should call for immediate repairs.

High Energy Bills

A boiler that’s becoming expensive to run isn’t one that’s worth keeping around. High energy bills with no increase in usage mean the system has deteriorated. You’re better off replacing it with a modern, high-efficiency boiler that’ll save money on utilities year after year.

Although boilers last longer than other systems, this doesn’t mean that they’ll last forever. If you’re ready to upgrade your boiler, our professionals will help you through the process.

Contact Capital Heating, Cooling & Electric to schedule an appointment for boiler repair. Serving Wisconsin since 2007.

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