As the temperatures cool down in Satsuma, AL, and you need to use your boiler to keep warm, you may be wondering how long it lasts and when you’ll need to replace it. Below are five signs it’s time to have professionals install a new boiler.
You Have a Noisy Boiler
While you may become used to the noises coming from your heating system, there are some that you shouldn’t ignore. These sounds include gurgling, banging, popping or sizzling. When you ignore these noises, it can damage the heating system and cause it to break down sooner.
You Have an Older Boiler
While you want to keep the heating system you have for as long as possible, the average life expectancy for a typical heating system is between 10 and 15 years, even with proper maintenance. While it may seem like your boiler doesn’t have any major problems, it may be time to look for a replacement if yours is more than 15 years old, especially since older units don’t have the efficiency and features of today’s technology.
You Have Rising Energy Bills
Speaking of efficiency, an older boiler or a heating system that needs replacing will show decreased efficiency. This, in turn, causes your energy bills to rise, disrupting your household budget.
There Are Unusual Smells
Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas, which is why many gas companies add a scent to let you know when there’s a leak. This scent is a sulfuric odor that smells like rotten eggs.
When you smell it, turn off the system, open the windows, vacate the house before the gas affects your indoor air quality and health, and call 911. Another smell to keep in mind is an electrical burning scent or something that smells like burning fabric.
Don’t let your boiler keep you in the cold this winter. If your boiler takes longer to heat than it should, that’s another sign it’s time to take action. Contact us at Air Specialty for all your heating needs.
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