Replacing Your Brooklyn Boiler: What You Need to Know

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Are you trying to figure out if you need a new boiler replacement? Boilers are some of the oldest heating systems in the NYC area. Not surprisingly, boiler technology has changed drastically in the last few years, with new technology available in the latest boiler systems.

While we often recommend trying to repair your boiler before thinking about replacing it, if you do have to replace your existing boiler, the new boilers in Brooklyn that are available are very energy-efficient and can lower your heating bills, while reducing your impact on the environment.

Keep reading to learn our best tips for knowing when you need a boiler replacement and what to do next. As always, if you have any questions, you can reach out to the Brooklyn heating service experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning!

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Signs It’s Time for a New Boiler

There are some signs that your boiler might be failing. If you’ve noticed that it is leaking or dripping water, it’s a sure sign something is going on. It could be a broken part, or the pressure could be set too high.  Whatever the case, it’s time to bring in a professional plumber to evaluate the condition of the boiler and advise you on what to do next.

Answering “Yes” to the questions below could also indicate that you need a new boiler:

  • Does your home have hot and cold spots?
  • Do you need frequent repairs?
  • Is your gas consumption unusually high?
  • Did your energy bills increase from this time last year?
  • Are rooms heating inconsistently?
  • Do you notice a yellow flame coming from your boiler?
  • Is there water on the floor around your boiler?
  • Do you have trouble keeping your boiler on?
  • Have you experienced warm temperatures in one room of your home while an adjacent room is significantly colder?

If you notice these problems, your home boiler may be in need of replacement. Call the experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning to take a look and make a recommendation for a repair or new boiler that could save you stress and money, and efficiently warm your home.

Boiler Replacement Considerations

The Age of Your Boiler

As much as you would like them to last forever, your home’s systems eventually wear out, including your boiler. Eventually it will become more expensive to run and repair your boiler in Brooklyn instead of replacing it.

The life expectancy of a boiler is between 15 and 30 years according to the U.S. Department of Energy. At Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning, we know continual use from harsh Brooklyn winters can push a boiler to its limit. Older or heavily used boilers can have an AFUE rating of 50 percent meaning that half of the energy used to heat your home is completely wasted.

In addition, older boilers have significantly lower energy efficiency than newer models. Older boilers operate anywhere from 56 to 70 percent efficiency, while newer models get close to 99 percent. Upgrading could cut your energy bills almost in half, meaning you could get your money back in just a few years.

Cost of Replacing Vs. Repairing Your Boiler

Looking at the one-time cost of replacing your boiler might convince you to try to get a few more years of service out of it, but reduced utility bills will more than make up for the cost within a few years. If you want to learn more, schedule a boiler inspection with our expert technicians. They give you recommendations on getting the most out of your current boiler or whether it makes financial sense to replace it with a newer model.

Your local boiler experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning can tune up, repair, or replace any type of boiler system, and we can make recommendations about whether it’s better to keep fixing an older unit or replace it altogether. We want to make sure your system is working at its best!

Switching to Natural Gas

Depending on where you live, you might also benefit from switching from heating oil to natural gas for your Brooklyn boiler. Natural gas burns more efficiently than heating oil, meaning even more savings on your heating bills. And since natural gas runs continuously via underground pipes, you will never run low or have to order more.

Switching to an Energy-Efficient Model

Repairs can help solve some of your issues, but the longer you wait, the more you’ll end up spending in service calls. Replacing an older boiler with an energy-efficient model will pay for itself in reduced utility bills within a few seasons.

If you struggled with high heating bills this year, give the upcoming winter some thought. When warmer temperatures arrive, there is less demand for heating services. It’s a great time to schedule service on the boiler in your Brooklyn home or get an estimate for upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model.

Benefits of Investing in a New Boiler

A new boiler will allow you to take advantage of the latest boiler technology to achieve higher system efficiency, improve the comfort of your home, and add to your resale value while offering much quieter operation to give your family peace of mind that your home boiler system won’t break down.

Schedule a Boiler Inspection

Having a boiler tune-up from the Brooklyn boiler experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning can help extend the life of your existing boiler, especially if the boiler is less than 10 years old. The Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning boiler tune up will help improve the efficiency of your Brooklyn home boiler, and extend its lifespan, but at some point you’ll need a new boiler.

During your boiler inspection and maintenance service, your technician can advise you on whether or not it’s time to replace your boiler in Brooklyn with a newer model.

Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning is certified to repair or replace many brands of boilers such as:

  • Baxi
  • Bosch
  • Burnham
  • B. Smith
  • Navien
  • New Yorker
  • Noritz
  • Slant/Fin
  • Viessmann
  • Weil McLain

Contact the Brooklyn Boiler Experts

Boiler heating systems are complicated, and there are often lots of questions about the economics of repairing or replacing your system. If you noticed that the boiler system in your Brooklyn or NYC home wasn’t working at peak efficiency last winter, call the Brooklyn home boiler experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning & Heating and have one of our boiler professionals help you determine the best course of action for your home boiler needs.

Contact Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning when you need help deciding if it’s time to replace your boiler in Brooklyn. We can make the repairs needed to prolong the life of your boiler, but we’ll also advise you when it’s time to get a new one. Contact Petri online today for the best boiler services in Brooklyn or give us a call!

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