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Pros & Cons of Boiler Heating Systems
All boilers work by heating water, not air. The water then goes through copper or PEX tubing throughout your home and is connected to your radiators or baseboards. Heat then radiates through your home, ensuring a consistently comfortable temperature.
Boilers present several advantages for efficient heating during the cold winter months, but they can also present issues that you would not have with a gas or electric furnace. Before you decide on which one to install or if you’re considering changing to a different system, call the Monroe Township boiler specialists at Guaranteed Service to help you make the best decision for your family and home.
The Benefits of a Boiler
Forced air furnaces do a great job of heating your home when it’s cold out, but there are also advantages to choosing a boiler for your home instead.
Unlike a furnace, boilers don’t make any noise when running properly. New furnaces have drastically cut down on noise, but a boiler will always guarantee silence.
In addition to much quieter operation, boilers are also known for better indoor air quality. Because they don’t blow air, this means dust and other allergens that are normally blown around and released into the air by a forced-air furnace will be significantly reduced. You will save money on duct cleaning while enjoying cleaner air.
The Downfalls of a Boiler
While boilers are quieter and provide better air quality, they do not provide a way of cooling your home during the summer months. An entirely new and separate cooling system must be installed for cool air circulation.
Indications of trouble with your boiler may be gurgling or bubbling noises in your pipes, causing it to stop producing heat or even begin to leak. Since there are more parts in a boiler than a furnace, it can be time-consuming and more difficult to repair.
Some of the most common boiler problems include:
- Loss of pressure
- Dripping and leaking
- Radiator or baseboard not getting hot
- Pilot lights going out
- Freezing pipes
Be sure to perform regular boiler system maintenance to ensure you don’t find yourself in an emergency and stuck in a freezing house in the middle of winter.
No matter which type of boiler you have in your home, Guaranteed Service is here to get you through the winter.
When is it Time to Replace my Boiler?
Here’s a question we see homeowners asking a lot, “When should I replace my boiler? It’s a tough question for a homeowner to answer objectively because it’s so darn expensive to replace a boiler. But you know you need to say goodbye at some point.
So, when is the best time to do that? Here are 3 signs that it’s time to replace your boiler.
Your Boiler has Reached “Retirement Age”
Boilers live an average of 20-25 years, depending on if you had it professionally
maintained or not. Age isn’t everything, though. The cost to keep
the boiler running will give you more concrete r
Increased Cost and Frequency of Boiler Repairs
Like an old car, an old boiler that starts to have costly breakdowns is signaling that it’s near the end of its usable life and needs to be replaced soon. The question then becomes, “How expensive does a boiler repair need to be before it’s not worth it?” It depends on how old your boiler is and the cost to get a new boiler. A good rule of thumb is, no matter the age of the boiler, if the cost to repair is 50% of the cost of a new boiler, you should replace it. But for less expensive repairs, you should be less resistant to replacing the boiler the older it is. So, if your boiler is 20 years old, and the cost to repair the boiler is only 10% of the cost of a new boiler, you should probably replace it (because it’s more likely to break down again soon).
Your Heating Bills Have Risen Dramatically Over the Years
Even if your boiler has a few years left in it, it may not be cost efficient to keep it if your energy bills during the heating season are high due to the boilers’ horrible efficiency. With that in mind, you need to assess how much it’s costing you just to keep the current boiler you have versus how much you’ll save with a new boiler.
Weigh the Factors Together
As you can see, none of these factors (age, cost to repair, energy efficiency) alone can tell you if you need to replace your boiler. They should be weighed together.
To help you make the best choice possible, give Guaranteed Service a call for a FREE no obligation home comfort consultation
What Makes Guaranteed Service So Special?
From the greeting to the scheduling of your appointment, Guaranteed Service will go above and beyond to schedule at your convenience. We will promptly schedule your appointment, and keep you notified along the way with a picture of your technician, map to track his location, as well as reminders regarding your appointment.
Guaranteed Service technicians and installers will impress you from the moment they arrive to your home. They ask if they are parked conveniently, put shoe covers and drop clothes down to protect your home, and keep you informed throughout the visit. Our technicians will treat your home and family with the utmost respect and make sure that you are satisfied with your new installation or repair.
- Lifetime Guarantees on Installation- we offer unmatched lifetime warranties on all of our installed heating and air conditioning equipment
- We use ONLY the correctly sized heating and cooling systems for your home- we inspect and measure your
entire home to ensure that the heating and cooling system you choose will be just right for you and your family
- We get to know you and your family, to accurately suggest repairs and replacements tailored to your home
- Easy and affordable payment options- we offer interest free financing options for up to 5 years
- Friendly, knowledgeable and honest staff and technicians- we will always go above and beyond to ensure that our customers are all taken care of and are comfortable in their home.
At Guaranteed Service, we know that you need an efficient, fully operational heating system to keep you warm through the cold winter months. Whether your existing system has suddenly stopped working or you are simply in the market for an upgrade, our highly experienced technicians at Guaranteed Service can help. Having a skilled professional install your new heating system is essential to ensuring that your new equipment works properly. We know that replacing or installing a new heating system is a large investment and we want to ensure you choose the right system for your home. When you call us for any type of service, you can rely on us to show up on time and provide you with a high-quality experience. Our Comfort Advisors are true experts in their field and will find the proper solution to fit both your family and your budget.
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