Is it Time to Replace Your Boiler or Furnace?

Here are some thoughts to help you decide

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It’s important to know that your Hudson Valley home has a heating system you can count on. But how do you know if you can still depend on your boiler or furnace, or if it’s time for an upgrade before your boiler or furnace stops doing its job well enough to be worth maintaining or repairing?

Signs you should replace your boiler

How do you know when it’s time to replace your boiler? Here are a few questions to ask yourself.

  1. How old is your boiler? If your boiler is 20 years or older, it may not have much more to give you. But even if it’s not about to conk out on you, it might be time to consider upgrading to a newer and more efficient boiler. You’ll save money on heating costs every year because newer boilers use significantly less energy compared to older models.
  2. Are there any signs of rust? If you can see any evidence of corrosion on your boiler, it’s time to start thinking about a replacement. A professional inspection will probably also uncover damage to your boiler’s piping or other components.
  3. Are you comfortable? Is your boiler effectively heating your home? If your boiler is no match for a cold Northeast day, it’s time to replace it with one that can keep you and your family comfortable no matter how cold the temperature gets.
  4. Are your heating costs going up? Over time, a boiler’s performance will decline, and you’ll notice a decrease in its efficiency (and corresponding rise in your heating costs). If your heating or repair bills are on the rise, consider replacing your old boiler with a new, more dependable and efficient model.
  5. Are you getting enough hot water? If you’ve started getting less hot water, your boiler may have a leaking or corroded coil—a sign that failure may be imminent.

Signs you should replace your furnace

Is it time to replace your furnace? Here are some key questions to consider.

  1. How old is your furnace? A high-efficiency furnace can last fifteen years. However, if your furnace is ten years or older, there may be advantages to replacing it. A lot depends on how well your furnace has been maintained. Has it received annual tune-ups? If you furnace hasn’t received regular yearly maintenance, then it’s possible an expensive problem is just around the corner.
  2. How much are you spending on repairs? As furnaces age, they tend to need repairs more often. And the repairs get more expensive as well as more frequent with time. That’s especially true for a furnace that isn’t receiving regular maintenance. Ask yourself if the repair costs are worth it. If you could buy a new furnace for twice what you’re paying in repairs, then replacement is a better use of your money.
  3. Is your furnace efficient? An older furnace, especially if it isn’t receiving regular maintenance, might only be 60% efficient. That means you’re wasting almost half of every dollar you spend on propane. A new furnace will be up to 98% efficient. You’ll save money for years on energy costs.

If you’re still not sure whether it’s time to replace your boiler or furnace, contact the experts at Bottini Fuel to schedule a comprehensive evaluation of your heating system.

If you wait too long and your boiler or furnace breaks down, the professionals at Bottini Fuel can still help. We will repair your equipment with our trademark professional, reliable, and speedy service.

If it turns out it’s time for a replacement, Bottini Fuel has you covered. We install high-efficiency boilers and furnaces and have a wide selection to choose from. With your newly installed boiler or furnace, you’ll start saving immediately on your annual energy bills—as much as 30%.

Bottini Fuel has over 70 years of experience keeping our customers comfortable and safe in their homes. Click here to see which of our many locations serves your area.

Contact us today to learn more about our dependable products, delivery, and service. With locations serving New York’s Hudson Valley as well as parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, we’re here for you.