A boiler is a significant purchase that should not be made lightly. However, you also do not want to be saddled with a piece of equipment that is causing you a lot of grief, so it can be hard to know when it is time to call it quits and simply buy a replacement. Luckily, in most instances, you should not be forking out the cost of a new boiler when your current one has a bit of a problem. Here are three reasons why you should almost always call for a boiler repair contractor rather than a replacement.
First Time? Don't Be Discouraged
if this is the first time that your boiler has malfunctioned in any noticeable way then it can be easy to assume this will become a pattern and you may as well simply upgrade now. In a modern, more replaceable world where it is so easy to get something new and shiny the trend can be to simply throw out something the first time it doesn't meet expectations. However, a boiler does a lot of heavy lifting and continuous work so it is to be expected that every now and then one of the many components inside it will break down and need to be replaced. If it doesn't happen more than once a year or even less than that, then don't be discouraged.
Small Parts Are Cheap, A Whole New Boiler Is Not
Even if you do have a component in your boiler that seems to be misbehaving and breaking down a lot you have to consider it from the broader perspective. A new boiler can cost thousands of dollars, sometimes far more than that. Most boiler repair jobs cost a fraction of that even with all the parts included. While it may be prudent to eventually begin saving for a new boiler, at your current rate of usage there is no reason to replace a boiler when the ongoing costs are much more manageable than buying a new one would be.
Of course, the most important decision when it comes to your boiler is whether it is safe to continue with your current one or not. Everyone has heard horror stories of boilers becoming miniature explosives, but that is extremely rare and often comes after years of neglect. Millions of people have had their boilers repaired with no issues past that point and it is a very safe service that will only be done if the contractor thinks it can be fixed. If you have any concerns or questions, make sure to ask them and they will be happy to answer to give you more peace of mind.