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The Boiler Replacement Guide

The Boiler Replacement Guide

Energy efficiency is on everybody’s mind these days. Whether you’re struggling to make ends meet and dealing with the high energy prices, or you want to cut your energy consumption, or maybe your old boiler has finally kicked the bucket, replacing your boiler is a smart decision and a good investment.

When many people think of replacing their boiler, they think of how expensive it is going to be. While boiler replacement is by no means a cheap task, the long term cost savings on your gas bill, your new boiler will, over time, pay for itself. Not only can you cut your gas bill by more than 20 percent with an energy efficient boiler replacement, but you may also qualify for tax breaks and incentives. To further reduce the cost of boiler replacement, it’s recommended that you replace your boiler in the summer time. This slow season when fewer people are worried about heating manufacturer’s generally reduce the prices of boilers to encourage sales.

When getting your boiler replaced, keep in mind that many homes are equipped with oversized boilers that consume more energy and work harder which results in a shorter lifespan and inefficient costs. Many suppliers will simply offer to replace your boiler with a similar size, or larger, but this is almost always unnecessary. This is why if you choose to bring somebody in to perform a boiler replacement, you should choose a supplier who is willing to do a heat-loss calculation. This is generally not a free estimate, so be wary of those offering free estimates for boiler replacements. However, this calculation will help ensure that the replacement boiler is correctly sized to meet your homes needs, and could save you money if you end up needing a much smaller boiler than your current one.

Boilers vary in their quality and therefore it’s difficult to pin down a time frame for replacement. Some boilers, when properly maintained, can remain efficient for as long as 50 years, while others may need to be replaced at only 15. The key is to do your boiler replacement using a boiler composed of a high quality metal like steel. Some boilers will function fine and can be made more energy efficient with only repairs, rather than going through the whole process of doing a full boiler replacement. Rather than replacing the entire boiler, sometimes all it takes is fixing a few leaks, replacing a rusted door, or resealing gaskets to save money on your energy bill.

If you do decide that a boiler replacement is the best option for you, the safest, most cost efficient way to get it replaced is to hire a professional. Once you’ve gotten a heat loss estimate, talk to various manufacturers and suppliers and get multiple boiler replacement quotes. The boiler replacement should only take about a day or so. Once the installer has finished replacing your boiler, inspect the area to make sure that the boiler is sitting securely, and that the hot water and radiators are heating correctly before signing off on the job.

Once you’ve had your boiler replaced, be sure to get your boiler professionally cleaned and tuned each year, as this will help ensure you get to enjoy your efficient replacement boiler for many years without having to go through yet another replacement.

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