6 Signs Your Boiler Needs To Be Replaced

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
Common causes for boiler repairs

Homeowners and property owners often wait until their boiler breaks down before they replace the unit. System failures can occur when there is a real need for heat, such as a cold winter day. If you know the signs of failure to look for in your boiler, you can save the funds needs to replace it before it breaks down. The best thing to do is create a regular maintenance program with an experienced boiler technician. Full system inspections should take place annually as well. Here are six signs that it is time to replace your boiler.

The unit’s age

A condensing boiler, with proper maintenance, should last at least 15 years, while cast iron boilers can last much longer. You should start considering replacement if your cast iron unit has operated for more than 20 to 30 years. Some cast iron varieties have lasted up to 50 years, but their efficiency levels are lower than modern cast iron boilers. You can save energy by upgrading to a new boiler. Sometimes, the savings pay for the cost of the replacement within a couple of years. Simply stay aware of your unit’s age and you should be prepared for replacement.

Increasing energy bills

If your energy bill is steadily increasing, you may have a problem with your boiler. The increase could be caused by the age of the boiler and the decline of the unit’s efficiency. If your unit requires constant servicing, the system has probably become less efficient. Look into replacing your boiler, because the increased efficiency will essentially pay for the unit.

Multiple failures

If your boiler is frequently failing and requires a number of service calls, it is probably time for a replacement. Repair costs can add up quickly, so repeated failures warrant a replacement as soon as possible.


Black soot on your oil boiler or yellow flames on gas burners indicate that the fuel is not burning correctly. This is a sign that the fuel is creating carbon monoxide. You should make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors first and then start working on replacing your boiler.


A leaking boiler could be a sign that your unit is nearing the end of its lifespan. Replacing the system will help you avoid costly flood damages. A boiler technician should take a look at the unit to see if the leak is a quick fix or a serious problem that requires replacement.

Uncomfortable temperatures

If you notice some rooms are too cold or too hot, the unit’s controls may be ineffective. Varying temperatures throughout the day are another sign that something is wrong with your boiler. A replacement, with more efficient controls, may be your best option.

A total industrial boiler system assessment, along with any necessary upgrades, can save you money through improved efficiency and reduced frequency of repairs. If you are looking for the best local plumbing company to handle your industrial, commercial, or residential needs, contact the professionals at Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical, Inc. in Amarillo, Texas. We provide services throughout the Texas Panhandle and Tri-State area. You can call us at (806) 376-8345 or Contact Us by email to learn more. You can also visit us in person at 404 S. Hayden St. in Amarillo to see how we can help you.