Has your boiler seen better days? Or better yet, better winters?

Wouldn’t it just be ideal if your boiler were to outlive your mortgage? Unfortunately, even with the possibility of a 10, 15 and 20 year warranty your boiler only tends to last you about 15 years. Of course, it’s important to provide your heating system with regular routine maintenance and winterization slightly before the peak of the colder months. But even with a little TLC, your boiler has probably seen better days. Did you know that several factors play a role in the lifespan of your boiler?

With the expensive costs of heating these days it’s important to consider several factors when considering purchasing a new system. When it comes to replacing a heating system, it’s important to consider getting the most efficient system that will also help to keep your heating costs down.

If your boiler is old, worn out, inefficient, or significantly oversized, the simplest solution is to replace it with a modern high-efficiency model…but what if you’re unsure? Boilers manufactured over 10 years ago received an AFUE rating of 85%, or a more expensive model up to 90%.  The lower the percentage, the less efficient your boiler is.

The annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) is a thermal efficiency             measure of combustion equipment like furnaces, boilers, and water heaters.

Now the question is, “Is your boiler on its last leg and not worth salvaging, or can you get by for another winter?” Eventually, the age and condition of the equipment will help make that decision a little easier. If unsure, there’s no shame in calling Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning to come out and inspect your boiler and to give you an estimate on a new heating system.