Boiler repair and upkeep are essential for a well-functioning hot water system.
A water boiler is an essential part of any residential HVAC or commercial water system. Most systems rely upon a large tank of water, heated up by either electrical elements or gas heating systems. One of the newest systems out there are tankless, or on-demand water heaters, which heat cold water coming into the house immediately before use. These are commonly used in residential or small commercial systems and could be a good choice for some circumstances.
The boiler might have some issues that could make it unsafe for use. From leaks in the water tank to wear and tear on the burners, a boiler that looks safe to operate now might not be in the near future. So, the first thing that needs to be checked is if the boiler is safe to use.
An older boiler might not be up to code standards, might have future breakdowns, and the parts might not be available any longer. The average water boiler has a lifespan of about six to ten years. If your boiler is older than five years, it might be time to replace it or repair it long enough to replace it in the near future.
Newer parts might increase the overall efficiency of your boiler, through new and more powerful heating elements and preventing water leaks. Just replacing a number of gaskets and hoses in the system might prevent water leakage and increased water bills.
You might be able to get a water boiler that is larger than your current one, especially if you have more people that need hot water. A larger water boiler might be more efficient since it can store more hot water that doesn’t have to be heated from cold when needed.
Newer water boilers incorporate a number of features that increase the overall efficiency of the water boiler system. This could mean lower energy bills for you.
This is a question you will have to ask yourself, as delays in parts and new equipment due to shipping issues for the last three years could mean that your new boiler might be in a shipping container for weeks. But if your current boiler is giving you trouble now, fixing it might buy you time to have a new boiler come in.
If your water boiler is still under some form of warranty, this could make the difference between repairing or replacing it. Some warranties will only cover repair, while others might only cover the replacement under certain circumstances or for only an equivalent water boiler. Checking your paperwork and asking questions is vital to make sure that you have everything right.
No matter how you answer these questions, Peterson Mechanical is here to help. We are a full-service HVAC and plumbing company, with a reputation for high-quality work for the commercial and wine industries in Northern California.
Contact us today for an improved hot water system in your future.