Few problems are more stressful than boiler issues, especially if they happen during the winter. And some boiler issues can be intermittent, which can make the boiler problem that much more exasperating.
When this starts to happen, many homeowners are faced with a tough choice—repair or replace? It’s an important decision given how much you rely on your boiler, so you need to rely on the experts at 128 plumbing to guide you through it.
What follows is a breakdown of everything you need to consider, along with some tips and possible solutions, and we’ll also show you what we have to to offer to solve whatever problems you’re having.
Start with Boiler Servicing Safety
Many homeowners don’t realize that the process of evaluating a balky boiler starts with evaluating the different safety issues that may be involved.
At 128 Plumbing, we do. We’ve been called in on jobs where proper safety standards haven’t been followed when evaluating a boiler, and the results can be disastrous.
The first safety issue is about the age of your boiler. Is it 10 years old? Older than that? Or is it a newer boiler that’s failing despite a lack of wear and tear, and can you get it replaced under warranty if that happens to be the case?
Regardless of the age of your boiler, though, there are operating standards that make boilers safe, so it’s important to make sure they’re handled effectively.
Leaky boilers can pose a safety hazard—not to mention a serious plumbing problem—and in certain serious scenarios you’re older boiler could even be at risk of leaking carbon monoxide.
If that’s the case, the decision becomes a no-brainer. We’ll give you some options for your new boiler, including some possible upgrades, then replace your old boiler without disrupting your schedule.
Can Your Boiler Be More Energy Efficient?
The next replace vs repair issue has to do with your boiler’s energy efficiency. Sometimes it’s possible to repair an older boiler, but if it’s not running effectively and efficiently that repair may not be worth the money you’ll be paying out.
We can help you with that part of the decision, too. At 128 Plumbing, we’re experts at energy efficiency—we install all kinds of new boilers that are serious money-savers when it comes to energy efficiency, and we’ve seen how much an inefficient older boiler can cost when it comes to energy bills, which everyone knows are soaring these days.
We’ll lay out the cost factors for you, and we’ll also give you some choices for your new, energy efficient boiler. We’ll also examine the layout of your house and the issues that come into play with heating different rooms, and we’ll tell you how all that breaks down.
Once you have the cost numbers, the projections and the other information you need, you’ll be able to make a much better decision, and we’ll be supporting you all the way, regardless of your selection.
Boiler Repair Cost Factors
Now let’s take a deeper dive into some of the cost factors that come into play in the repair vs replace decision.
There are some hidden traps here that many homeowners don’t know about. If you have an older boiler that’s giving you problems, for instance, the parts to fix it may not be available, or the cost may be prohibitive.
Products get phased out all the time, and we know which ones to flag if there are issues with parts that you need to know about.
The warranty is another hidden cost factor where 128 Plumbing can help. Some boiler warranties are longer and more comprehensive than others, and there may be specific exceptions in certain warranties that you don’t know about.
We do. We’ve installed, maintained and service nearly every boiler on the market, so we know these warranties inside out. We know which warranties are best, and which ones have holes and issues, and giving you that information can help you save hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Breaking Down the Boiler Breakdown Problem
While issues with parts and warranties can be obscure, dealing with the frequency of any boiler breakdowns your having is far more obvious, but you still need the expertise of a company like 128 Plumbing to know how to handle it.
If you are having boiler breakdowns, how frequently do they happen? Do the breakdowns all follow the same pattern? Are they getting more frequent, or are they more random or intermittent?
The answers you give us to these questions will help us solve these problems. We’ll correlate your answers with our comprehensive knowledge of individual boilers, then give you the best possible recommendation.
We know when it’s best to replace a boiler, even if it’s new, and we also know which older boilers are built well enough to justify a repair. That information is invaluable, and we’re happy to provide it.
Future Proof Your Boiler Costs
It takes some work and effort to figure out the repair vs replace question, so the last thing you want to do after you’ve gone through all this is to have to repeat it.
Our experts can make sure you don’t have to go through the process any time soon. Regardless of whether we repair or replace your boiler, we’ll give you a timeline for how long you can expect to be future-proofed.
We’ll also help with the cost factors as well. Some homeowners with a larger budget may want to spend more to be future-proofed, while others may need the best approach that’s cost effective.
Finally, don’t forget about the savings we can offer. We know all about Mass Save rebates, so we’ll steer you into those if getting a new boiler is the best choice.
We can also save you some money by getting you into maintenance and service plan once we’ve done the boiler install, so we’ll tell you how that works, too.
Get the Answers to Your Boiler Repair vs Replace Question
You do have to take the next step to get help, though, so here’s how. Call us at (888) 419-4233, or you can use (781) 670-3261. We’ll answer your questions and schedule you for service.
You can also go to 128Plumbing.com and start a live chat, and we have some great blogs and articles there to help educate you about your boiler, how it works, and what you need to do to keep it running at peak efficiency.