Investing on boiler heating investments can be costly. Once invested in a boiler, one has to conduct regular maintenance, monitor it and carry out inspections from time to time to ensure they are smoothly functioning. In order for the smooth functioning to take place, replacements and repairs are crucial.
There are many factors that has to be taken note of when evaluating boiler budgeting decisions. The first and foremost being the budget of your company. If company does not have a good budgeting plan, it is almost impossible to invest on boilers. Secondly, keep in mind of the state of your current equipment, your boiler’s age and general performance. Lastly, write up a cost-benefit analysis of buying a new boiler versus repairing your old one.
Your main concerns when it comes to replacing a boiler or restoring your equipment is safety. When operated correctly, boilers have minimal risks. But if a boiler is improperly run or maintenance is ignored, then you may have to worry about the safety issues.
One of the more common problems that can occur with older boilers is a heat exchanger issue.
Continuing to operate your boiler with a cracked heat exchanger can have serious consequences, including carbon monoxide leakage. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning involve light-headedness, confusion, headache, vertigo, and flu-like affectations. If you’ve been exposed to larger amounts of carbon monoxide, you are in danger of suffering from significant toxicity of the central nervous system and heart. In dire situations, carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal. If your heat exchanger is cracked, it’s best to contact professional boiler repair services professionals immediately.
(Link to article – Dangers of heat exchangers)
A study performed by the National Association of Builders recently determined that the average lifespan of a forced air heating system is 15 to 20 years. Boilers for hot water radiators and baseboards have an average lifespan of up to 30 years.
However, having a heating system that is older than 20 years does not necessarily mean that you automatically need to replace it. This study simply provides a general guideline that can be helpful if you have concerns about the performance and age of your system.
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