Replacement Boiler or Keep Old Boiler

Mickey | Home Improvement | Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Boilers are used to heat homes all around the world. These boilers typically use gas, lp or oil. The fuel is put into a combustion chamber which is then reacted chemically. This chemical reaction produces a lot of heat. The heat comes into contact with a heat exchanger. It’s from this heat exchanger that either water or steam is heated and send through pipes that are placed throughout the home. These pipes are fed to radiators that allow people to control the temperature of the house.
There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding whether you should purchase a boiler replacement or keep your current boiler. First of all, is your current boiler working? If so, how are your bills? Do you have a carbon monoxide detector? If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, it is highly suggested that you purchase one. It doesn’t take a whole lot to produce carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is actually formed by an incomplete combustion process. If your current boiler is working, have you had a contractor or boiler technician look at your boiler lately to access the condition of the boiler? If not, it might be a good idea. The best time to have a boiler professional look at your boiler is in the summer, before you begin putting a high load on your boiler.
If you currently have an oil boiler, do you want to purchase an oil boiler replacement or would you rather use gas? Is gas an option in your area? Is gas already plumbed into your home? If gas isn’t currently plumbed, that could be very costly if you do in fact desire gas. If you do want to replace your boiler, you should also determine the age of your boiler. Boilers over 10 or 20 years old should certainly be in considering for replacement.

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