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How to Know When to Replace Your Boiler


If you have a boiler in your home that’s nearing the end of its lifespan, you’ve got a bit of a dilemma on your hands. If you’ve been happy with the solid service and reliability your boiler has provided, you may be wondering if you should get a new one when the time comes or replace it with a different kind of system.

A boiler usually outlasts other types of heating systems such as gas furnaces, electric furnaces, and heat pumps. But a boiler won’t run forever and perhaps you’ve needed boiler repair in Colorado Springs too often for your liking. Once you’ve had 15-20 years of solid service from your home’s boiler, perhaps it’s time to consider having it replaced. Let’s go over the signs that you have a boiler that’s ready for retirement. 

System Age

How old is your boiler? A boiler’s age is one of the biggest factors determining how much longer it’ll last. The average lifespan of a gas boiler is 15-20 years. Electric boilers may last a bit longer. If your boiler is at the 20-year mark or if it’s older than that, we recommend that you start thinking about replacement. Boilers that are older than 20 years have a higher risk of failure. The boiler may seem like it’s working okay, but it can deteriorate quickly. You don’t want your system failing on the coldest day of the year!

Rust and Corrosion

One of the biggest warning signs of a boiler that needs to be replaced is rust and corrosion. Manufacturers have designed modern boilers to resist corrosion and when they receive routine maintenance, corrosion is less of an issue. Older boilers are still subject to rust and corrosion. 

Although external rust on your boiler is a sure sign of corrosion, you’ll also want to look for any cracks or small cuts that could allow oxygen to make its way into the boiler. Leaks and broken valves can also allow in air and all these result in corrosion. Whether the rust is visible or not, if you notice it around your boiler heater, you should call in a professional technician to take a look at it.


Leaks are another serious symptom for boilers. An older boiler that has worn down over time is prone to developing leaks in its valves and connection points. If you ever detect water pooling around the boiler, you should call for immediate repairs so we can determine what’s causing it. Our technicians will give you an honest, informed opinion on whether you need a replacement or if the boiler can be repaired.

High Energy Bills

A boiler that’s becoming more and more costly to run isn’t one that you want to keep around. Small increases in your bills might mean that a repair will be enough to increase the efficiency of a younger system. If your boiler is 15 years of age or older, escalating energy bills mean the system has quickly deteriorated. You might be better off getting a new, high-efficiency boiler that’ll help you start saving money on energy costs. 

To schedule your boiler repair service in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area, contact the team at Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning today. 

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