Why Replacing Your Residential Boiler Is Important After Twenty Years Of Service
The boiler in your home heats the water for your heating system, and in some cases, also handles the domestic hot water you use daily. Often boilers work for many years but having a new boiler installation done to replace the aging unit has some specific benefits and can save you money.
A new boiler has a few essential details if you are considering an upgrade. Newer boiler systems are smaller and take up less space in the basement of your home. They are also more efficient, so they use less fuel to heat the same or sometimes more water than the older units.
Once the old boiler in your home starts to wear out, it can become hard to find parts for, so the cost of repairs may increase. Over time, this could cost nearly as much as replacing it with a new, more dependable system requires less maintenance to operate. A newly installed boiler often allows you to expand the system's function and include zone heating in areas of the house that never had it, or remove a water heater and switch entirely to residential hot water production and home heating with the same unit.
When replacing the residential boiler in your home, the HVAC contractor will need to shut off the water in the house and remove the old system before the new boiler installation can begin. If the plumbing for the heating system needs upgrading or changing, it may take several days to a week for the boiler installation.
If you are converting from an electric or forced air heating system, the entire house will need to be plumbed for the new boiler and the baseboard heaters put in place throughout. While homes with an existing boiler may have plumbing and radiators already in them, talk with the contractor handling your boiler installation to determine if the existing plumbing is compatible with the new system.
Choosing A Boiler
When choosing a boiler for your home, you will find many options to choose from. The size of the boiler is vital, and if you are considering adding several zones to the house, allowing you to heat the upstairs separate from the downstairs, you may need a unit designed to handle the additional load.
Often, the contractor handling the boiler installation will recommend a boiler for your system, but be sure to discuss all the options you have before settling on one model. Sometimes the budget you are working with limits your choices, so it is vital that the contractor understands that and can help you choose a boiler that fits the needs and budget restraints of the boiler installation. Contact a boiler installation service to learn more.