Broken Boiler: Repair or Replace?

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When your boiler breaks, do you replace it or repair it? Having hot water is a must when it comes to cleaning, cooking and showering, so you can’t go a long without a working boiler. Deciding whether to repair or replace your boiler is a matter of identifying the problem and then finding the best solution.

Each case is different and you should contact a professional who specializes in boiler repair on Long Island to find out what your options are. We can visit your home, inspect your boiler and help you decide what kind of action to take. But, here are a few guidelines that can help you decide whether or not it is time to replace your boiler.

Consider the Boiler’s Age

In general, the older a boiler is, the more expensive it will be to repair it. Boilers can last for several years, but if your older boiler needs extensive repairs, it may be time to replace it. Also keep in mind that older boilers can be less efficient and may require more energy to work properly. Replacing an older boiler with a newer, energy efficient model can help you save money.

Leak Repairs May be the Answer

If the body of your boiler is leaking, you can replace that section to repair the leak. But, if there is one leak somewhere, chances are that there will soon be another one since the entire piece will age and wear at the same rate. Usually, replacing multiple panels at once isn’t much more expensive than just replacing one, so you may be able to get more life out of your boiler by replacing all the sections at once, and leaving all the other parts in place.

However, if you boiler has already had several leaks repaired or sections replaced and is still leaking, it may be time to install a new boiler.

The Boiler isn’t Providing Enough Hot Water

If your boiler isn’t able to provide enough hot water, it is probably time to replace it. Older boilers may not be able to keep up with the demand and if your have added more appliances to your home since the boiler was installed, it may not be able to take on the extra load. For example, if you have added a new bathroom, your old boiler may not be sufficient to provide enough hot water for the additional shower.

Calculate if It Costs More to Repair the Boiler Than to Replace It

Of course, one sure sign that you should replace your boiler is if it will be more expensive to repair it than it will be to replace it. This holds true for repairs that are made over an extended period of time too. For example, if a technician believes your boiler will need several new parts or repairs in the coming months, you may find it more cost effective to replace it instead of paying for multiple repairs.

Deciding whether to repair or replace your boiler can be a hard decision to make. To have a professional assess your boiler and help you decide if it can be repaired or needs to be replaced, contact us. We specialize in boiler repair on Long Island. Be sure to check the coupons section of our website for $50 off the installation of a new boiler!

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