There’s something romantic about radiators, isn’t there? Hear us out. The soft hissing and clanking on a cozy winter afternoon, snow gear drying on top of it. Even the shape of them reminds us of the good ol’ days of yore.
Do you know what is less romantic? A broken boiler.
With many modern homes turning to furnaces instead of boilers, it’s possible that you’ve never had experience with one before you, yourself, bought a house! That means you likely have a lot of questions, including:
- When should I replace my boiler?
- How long does a boiler last?
- How much will a boiler replacement cost?
You’ve come to the right place! As your resident Boiler Expert, we will help you answer all of those questions and more.
What Exactly Is a Boiler? 🤷♀️
Let’s keep it simple. What exactly is a boiler, and how does it work?
A boiler is used to help heat your home (and, occasionally, your water). They are typically made of a large tank that is filled with water. A heating element helps to heat the water, and the subsequent steam then travels throughout pipes in your home and is released as heat through your radiators.
When to Replace Your Boiler ⏱️
Knowing what the end of a boiler’s life looks for is an important piece of knowledge for any homeowner. This can help you make an educated decision as to when it is time to invest in a new one! Look for these signs to determine whether or not a boiler replacement is right for you:
- Age 👵🏼 – The easiest way to determine whether or not it is time for a boiler replacement is to look at the age of your existing boiler. Most boilers will only last for 10-15 years. If your boiler falls within that range, it may be time to consider a new one.
- Lack of Heat 🥶 – Are you feeling chilled even when your boiler should be working? It’s time to call in a professional to see if your boiler is working. Fluctuating temperatures can be a sign that your boiler is no longer viable.
- Repair vs. Replacement Costs 💸 – We tend to think of repairs being an inexpensive alternative to a full replacement, but depending on the age of your boiler and the severity of the problem, that may not be the case. In fact, at a certain point, you may find that repairs are MORE expensive than a replacement may be in the long run.
- Rising Heating Costs 📈- Older boilers may not be as energy efficient as a newer model, which can lead to you spending more money than you should on your heating bills. Installing a high-efficiency boiler can help keep costs low.
How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Boiler? 💵
It’s always nerve-wracking to spend a lot of money on a home improvement project. One of the best ways to combat that anxiety is by doing a little research into your expected boiler replacement cost.
There are a few different factors to take into consideration when estimating what the price of your boiler replacement will be. There are many different types of boilers, and if you are considering switching to another style than the one you already have, you can expect to pay more. Additionally, the size of the boiler that you need to heat your home can affect the final cost.
The national average cost of a new boiler installation tends to land somewhere between $4000-$10,000.
5 Different Boiler Types 🔥
With so many different boiler styles on the market, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for you. Check out our list of pros and cons to find your perfect match!
1) Gas Boilers
Gas boilers – as the name suggests – are fueled by gas lines that are connected to your house. In some cases, homeowners may opt for propane boilers if their home is not located near a gas line. In terms of energy efficiency, natural gas boilers work pretty well, although you do run the risk of dealing with gas leaks in the future.
2) Electric Boilers
Many homeowners are making the switch to an electric boiler, as they are hugely efficient and very safe. They also do not require access to a gas line, which makes them accessible to homeowners living in many different places. It is good to keep in mind, though, that your energy bills will likely be higher when relying on an electric boiler, and you are also at risk of not having heat during a power outage.
3) Combi Boilers
If you’re looking for the latest and greatest in boiler technology, a combination boiler – also known as a combi boiler – may be the right choice for you. Unlike traditional boiler tanks, a combi boiler is small and can be mounted on the wall. Water is heated as it passes through the unit rather than constantly being heated and reheated. This means that it is hugely energy efficient, as well as space-efficient!
4) Oil Boilers
You won’t often see oil boilers in cities, as they are not particularly energy efficient. Instead, look to your rural communities to get a glimpse of what oil boilers can do!
The biggest selling point of this boiler style is that it does not require you to be hooked up to a gas line. Many modern rural homes continue to use this style only because they already have the set-up in place.
5) Condensing Boiler
Traditional boilers let the water cool down in between heating cycles, which isn’t particularly efficient. Condensing boilers attempt to solve that problem by having two separate heating exchangers. Because of this, water is heated as it turns into steam for the radiators, and as the steam condenses on its way back to your boiler system, it is heated once more.
Get the Professional Help You Deserve ☎️
Got some questions? We get it. And we are here to help! At Aquarius Home Services, we’ve been guiding customers through the boiler installation process for years and are ready to find a solution that works for your budget and lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule your boiler inspection and installation!