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Is Your Old Boiler Ready to Retire?


Are you breathing a sigh of relief because winter is over and you are relying less on your boiler for heat this spring? If you had problems with your boiler over the winter season, it may be time to replace your boiler before winter rolls around again. 

Even the best appliances reach the end of their life at some point and now is a great time to invest in boiler service in Staten Island, NY. You can replace your boiler now while you are not relying on it for heat. This gives your new boiler an opportunity to settle in before winter ramps up toward the end of the year. Keep reading to learn more about the signs that your boiler may have reached the end of its life. 

How Long Does a Boiler Last? 

Boilers are very sturdy systems that can last for decades. Most will last 20-30 years although it’s not unheard of for them to last longer. The trick to getting your boiler to last is by taking care of it. Sometimes, homeowners stop investing in boiler maintenance because they think their boiler is too old. Instead of investing in continued care, they would rather wait to see what happens. 

This is when boilers can begin going downhill and need to be replaced. No matter how old your boiler is, it’s important to continue investing in maintenance and repairs. If our team visits your home for boiler maintenance or boiler repairs and we think it’s time to think about a replacement instead, we can talk to you about why. 

Signs of an Impending Boiler Replacement

The best way to determine whether or not your boiler needs to be replaced is by inspecting the metal inside of the boiler. It’s not practical to do this very often, but sometimes it’s necessary. Ideally, you want your boiler inspected annually from the inside out. 

Rust in a Boiler

If rust is developing on the inside of your metal boiler, that’s a major sign that replacement is around the corner. Rust cannot always be repaired once it begins to develop, and it can spread quickly.

Eventually, rust will wear out your boiler until the siding is so thin that it cannot meet your heating needs, and may even cause holes in your boiler. If rust is caught early, sometimes our team is able to make repairs, and that’s why an annual inspection is so crucial. Annual maintenance is also a great way to prevent rust. 

Your boiler needs to be airtight to maintain a heating pattern that is ideal for preventing rust and other corrosion. If the heating pattern is interrupted, oxygen can destroy the inside of your boiler. Annual maintenance is a great way to ensure that your boiler is working exactly as it should. 

Hard Water in a Boiler 

Hard water is another reason for boiler failure. Hard water is high in mineral content. Even though the minerals in hard water are microscopic, they can build up over time inside of your boiler and rub against the metal surface to cause corrosion.  If you don’t have your system flushed annually to remove mineral buildup, you may also face corrosion later on.

Contact Scaran today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. We’re here to help with all of your heating and cooling needs.

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