If replacing your home's old boiler has been on your to-do list for a while, it's a great time to get started on that project now that the weather is warming up. After all, chances are you won't be using heat or hot water as often in the summer.
But the process can be a tricky one, and since a boiler unit is an important part of any modern home, you want to make sure that it's done right.
Keep reading for four things you should know before you replace the old or broken-down boiler in your Lakeville, MA home.
What you should know about replacing your boiler
1. How can I tell if my boiler is running efficiently?
Most plumbing technicians that work with boilers can perform a boiler tune-up to appraise the state of your system.
However, keep in mind that boilers need maintenance every year to ensure they continue working at their best. Regular boiler maintenance also helps catch any problems you might have early on, before they grow in severity and cost.
2. How often does my boiler need to be replaced?
Like most machines, every boiler must eventually be replaced — regardless of how well you take care of it (luckily, regular maintenance helps to extend the lifespan of your boiler).
If your boiler system is about 20 to 30 years old, or if you keep having to call your plumber for boiler-related issues, you'll want to start making plans to replace your current unit with a newer one.
3. How can I tell if my boiler is having issues?
Because of how often we use heat and hot water in our daily lives, the more obvious signs of boiler failure can usually tip you off about any issues it's having.
For example, if you're not getting any heat or hot water but your pipes and thermostat don't seem to be the issue, you'll want to take a look at your boiler system as soon as possible. Some other warning signs include leaks, drips, or loud noises coming from your boiler or any discoloration on the burner.
Additionally, as your boiler gets older and experiences general wear and tear, its efficiency decreases and your utility bill increases too. If you're struggling to make sense of your last few utility bills, a boiler replacement may be in your home's future.
4. Can I update my current boiler to make it more energy efficient?
Unfortunately, previously-installed boilers cannot be altered. However, we can help you replace your current boiler with a more energy-efficient model.
This will help you save money in heating costs in the long run (and sometimes as soon as a few years from now) — which may make sense, depending on how often and how long you and your family use hot water in your home.
Choose RF Plumbing & Heating for your home's needs
When you're in need of a boiler replacement in Lakeville, MA and beyond, turn to the expert team at RF Plumbing & Heating.
For over 40 years, Robert Fickert and his team have served the residents of southeastern Massachusetts with unparalleled plumbing skills and customer service. In fact, our customers have raved about our services, and we carry great ratings with the BBB and other organizations.
If you're looking for a plumbing technician you can trust, send us a message through the contact form on our website to learn more about the services and skills we offer. On the other hand, if you have a pressing question or concern and would like to speak to someone directly, give us a call at 508-294-9115 today.