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Common Signs of Boiler Malfunction

This time of year is the most important time for your boiler to be working properly. It is not until you are constantly cold and uncomfortable in your own home that you realize something is off. Even the best, highest-quality boilers at some point need to be replaced, which is where our team at American Home Heating comes into play. It is also important to find the best time to replace your boiler, as doing it too soon could end up costing you more money if there were still life in your old boiler.

Here are some signs that it’s time to switch out your boiler for a new-and-improved model.

It’s More Than 15 Years Old

With regular maintenance, you will find that your boiler works well for around 15 years. However, once your boiler hits the 15-year mark, it no longer makes sense to keep investing money into it. You’ll find that you are putting in more money than it is worth. With evolving technology, you’ll also be able to swap out your old boiler for something newer and more efficient.

It Has a Low Energy Efficiency Rating

Did you know that all boilers are rated on a scale of energy efficiency? There is an A to G scale to help you determine how efficient your boiler is. Boilers with the rating “A” have an efficiency of 90 percent while boilers with a “G” rating have efficiency of 70 percent. You can use a calculator tool from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to see how efficient your boiler is.

Its Flame is Yellow

Did you know that your boiler’s flame should be blue? If the flame is yellow, it could indicate that there is carbon monoxide present. As soon as you see a yellow flame coming from your boiler, you should call our team to have it inspected. Being exposed to carbon monoxide can be fatal, so you don’t want to have your family exposed to it.

Rising Fuel Costs

Is your energy bill suddenly much higher than it usually is? This could be a sign that your boiler is not as efficient as it once was. You’ll want to seek professional help to ensure you don’t continue to spend money for something that is wasting energy.

If you are in need of a boiler repair or replacement, call our team at American Home Heating today!