Many Kansas City homeowners depend on boilers to heat their homes. If your boiler is getting on up their in age (10 years or older), it’s often difficult to know whether to keep spending money on repairs, or have your boiler replaced. At Schomburg Heating & Cooling, our goal is to educate you on what is involved in boiler service, so that you can make an informed decision as to whether it may be time to replace.
Basically, boiler service involves checking the system, cleaning, testing the components, and spotting potential faults/problems before they become bigger or more costly. Essentially you want to know that your boiler is functioning properly, and operating in a safe manner. Some companies analyze the gasses via the flue outlet, and call it servicing. In truth, boiler services should include inspection of the ventilation, pipework, clearances, etc. – and in some cases, it may be necessary to disassemble all of the components and clean them before reassembling and fully testing the operation of all components. If you check around, you will find the prices of boiler services vary widely; this is because many companies don’t really perform “servicing” at all, but more of a safety check on the flue gasses.
Unless your boiler is brand new, it should be serviced about once per year. Additionally, if your boiler is older or is one that is chimney-style (vertical), it should be serviced/inspected every year. As with any appliance with an open flue, the risk of carbon monoxide is greater. Regular service helps to ensure proper operation, and gives you peace of mind knowing your family is not at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
When should you replace your boiler?
As with most appliances, frequent or costly repairs, increased energy costs, and age determine when it’s time to replace. You may have noticed that your boiler is having to be repaired more and more often, or that heating your home has become more expensive and your home doesn’t feel as comfortable. If your boiler is 10 or 15 years old, it may still be working, but a newer model may save you more money over the long term due to improved energy efficiency of today’s models.
Contact the experts at Schomburg Heating & Cooling today
For a homeowner, it’s difficult to know whether your boiler simply needs servicing, or whether it’s time for replacement – especially when your boiler is an older model. At Schomburg Heating & Cooling, our Kansas City heat and air professionals can help you determine which is best in your situation, diagnosing any issues that may help in making an important decision. Give us a call today!