Is it time to replace your boiler? Do you know the tell-tale signs? Your boiler is one of the hardest working appliances in your building and it’s essential that it works properly at all times. If your boiler breaks down it not only inconveniences everyone in your building, but it interrupts your workday and can result in costly emergency repair fees. 

While we always recommend investing in regular boiler maintenance, it may be time for you to invest in a brand new boiler. Here are the most common signs that your boiler needs to be replaced as soon as possible. 

Energy consumption

Have the readings on your building’s energy meter gone up notably recently? Or maybe you’ve noticed that your monthly bills have increased seemingly out of nowhere. When your boiler stops operating at maximum efficiency, it has to work harder to produce the same level of output, resulting in higher energy bills for you. This wastes both energy and money, so if you suspect your boiler is no longer operating as efficiently as it should be, call your HVAC technician. 

Strange noises

Whistling sounds or loud, clunking sounds are an indication that it’s time to get a new boiler. Strange noises may not be immediately noticeable if your boiler is hidden away somewhere, but it’s definitely worth checking from time to time to ensure everything is in order. When your boiler makes weird noises, think of it as a cry for help!

Appliances are taking longer to warm up

Is the water in your building taking longer to heat up? Does the heating take longer to kick in? When your appliances take longer to warm up than normal, your boiler may need some maintenance, or even replacing. Call your HVAC technician to investigate. 

Leaking water

As mentioned earlier, most boilers are out of sight, out of mind, but it’s important that you check for any standing water around your boiler. If your boiler has sprung a leak then there will be puddles around it, and this is something that needs to be fixed immediately. A boiler that is leaking water is at risk for much more serious problems, like a gas leak. 

Nasty smells

If you notice nasty smells coming from your boiler, call an HVAC technician immediately – do not ignore it. Bad smells can indicate serious problems, like a carbon monoxide leak, so call a professional ASAP. 

As a building owner you undoubtedly have dozens of things to worry about on a daily basis. Keeping your building running smoothly is a full-time job. We know it can be easy to take an “out of sight, out of mind” approach with your boiler, but we strongly recommend investing in regular maintenance to check for any problems before they get bigger, and to ensure your boiler is operating at maximum efficiency. Regular boiler maintenance will extend the life of your boiler and keep your energy bills from getting out of control. 

For more information about replacing your boiler, or if you have any questions, please contact our team at Tri-Tech Energy today. We will be happy to tell you about the latest in commercial boiler technology, including newer, more energy-efficient boilers that can reduce your building’s energy usage while helping you cut costs. 

Our team of HVAC professionals is standing by and we look forward to hearing from you.