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March 8, 2019

It’s that moment of indecision that no homeowner wants to face — your boiler has broken down, and it’s time to choose which route to take to get it back up and running. Do you make a repair and cross your fingers that your heating unit will last a few more years, or do you spend the money to proactively replace your unit, knowing that doing so could save you hundreds of dollars in repair costs?

Having been in the home heating business for over 80 years, we know a thing or two about boilers. Wondering when it might be time to replace your boiler? Here is what you should know about how long boiler systems last.

The Average Lifespan of a Boiler

How long your boiler will last depends on a number of factors, including what type of boiler you have, whether that boiler is properly sized, and how often your boiler has been maintained. The mineral content of your water can have an effect on boiler lifespan, as well. In general, most gas and oil boilers we see here in the Utica area last between 15 and 20 years.

Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Boiler

It’s not always easy to predict when it will be time to replace your boiler. Here are a few telltale signs to look out for:

  • Your energy bills are getting higher

  • You’ve had to make two or more repairs within a year

  • The boiler burner is putting off a yellow flame

  • There are frequent boiler leaks

Even without these signs, if your boiler is approaching 15 or 20 years in age, consider replacing your unit before it breaks down completely. This way, you can make an informed decision about which new boiler to install — rather than rushing to replace your unit in the middle of winter.

Expert Services for Your Boiler System

Fred F. Collis & Sons has been helping homeowners in Utica and Rome, NY stay warm for over 80 years. In addition to our complete repair and replacement services for gas and oil furnaces, we also offer repair, maintenance, and replacement for boiler systems.

Make Your Boiler Last Longer with Maintenance

Has it been over a year since you last had your boiler serviced? Schedule maintenance with our team to make your boiler run more efficiently and to catch minor issues before they grow worse.

Repair That Unexpected Boiler Breakdown

Has your boiler broken down unexpectedly? We offer 24/7 emergency service. Schedule a repair to get your system back up and running. Our team can even help you decide if it would be better to invest in a new boiler.

Upgrade to the Right Boiler for Your Home

When it is time for a new boiler, we’ll help you choose the right energy efficient unit for your home. Our team provides expert boiler installation to help you get the most from your new heating investment. Your new unit could even help cut your utility bills by 40% or more!

Need to maintain, repair, or replace your boiler? Call (315) 768-2323 or contact us to schedule an appointment!