4 Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Boiler


As the cold winter air sets in, we tend to remember how important it is for our boiler to work properly. If you’re a forward-thinking homeowner, then you have likely raised two common questions: when should I replace my boiler? Is it better to repair or replace? Really, the two questions go hand-in-hand. The answer to one will solve the other; therefore, today, we’re going to define 4 warning signs that you should watch out for. If you are familiar with these signs, it’s time to replace your boiler.

Sign #4: Your Boiler is More Than 15 Years Old

Not all things age gracefully, and boilers are no exception. A boiler’s lifespan ranges from 10-15 years. If your boiler is over 15 years old, then there’s a good chance that it’s time for a new one. Older boilers have to work harder to heat your home, which raises energy bills as a result.

Sign #3: Your Boiler Requires Multiple Repairs per Year

If you have had to have your boiler repaired more than once per year, then you should seriously consider replacing it. When compared to the cost of individual repairs, the price of a brand new boiler may seem intimidating; however, consider how much those repair bills can add up. Moreover, with the amount of money you could be saving on energy bills, the new boiler could actually pay for itself. If you’re worried about not being able to pay the full sum up-front, remember that most boiler installation companies offer reasonable financing plans.

Sign #2: Your Boiler Has Leaks

If your boiler is leaking, then it’s time to replace it. This remains true even if the leaks are small. When it comes to boilers, small leaks often become bigger leaks.

Sign #1: You See Yellow Flames

Your boiler should always emit blue flames. If it emits yellow flames, then you must replace it ASAP. Why are yellow flames so bad? It is an indication that your boiler is now burning carbon monoxide, a lethal colorless, odorless gas. Yellow flames form when dirt and sot clog the burners. This prevents gas and oxygen from mixing properly. When yellow flames are born, “incomplete combustion” has occurred.

If you see yellow flames, do not panic. Carbon monoxide is lethal, but only at certain levels. Low levels can cause dizziness, headaches, stomach, and chest pain. If you are experiencing these symptoms, see a doctor as soon as possible.  

Ready to Replace Your Boiler? Make Sure You Opt For An Energy Efficient Model

According to Energy.gov,you should look for units that bare the Energy Star label. It’s important, too, that the unit you purchase is properly sized. Energy-efficient models tend to be smaller than their predecessors. Ideally, the contractor who installs the boiler should size it appropriately. At Arbor Energy, we only install energy-efficient models. If you live in Connecticut, then contact us today!