Keeping your boiler well maintained is crucial to its performance and longevity, and boiler repair service is best left to the professionals. At KC’s 23 ½ Hour Plumbing & Air Conditioning, we have nearly 40 years of experience in boiler installation, repairs, and maintenance. When you hire us, you get peace of mind knowing that you’re dealing with experienced professionals that offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Also, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for all of your heating repair needs.
When to Call a Boiler Service Company
By performing routine maintenance, you can keep your boiler running optimally for about 15 years, but eventually, no matter how well-maintained a boiler is eventually, it requires replacing.
If your boiler is getting on in years and you’re not sure about whether to replace it now or if you can wait, here are a few guidelines that it’s probably better to replace it sooner rather than later.
The Boiler is Over 15 Years Old
As mentioned, routine maintenance can keep your boiler running well for many years, but if yours is beyond the 15 year mark, you’re better off replacing it with something that’s more technologically advanced.
Your Boiler Has an Efficiency Rating Lower than “A”
Boilers are rated for their energy efficiency on a scale from A to G, with A being 90% efficiency and G being 70%. If you have an older boiler with a lower efficiency rating, you can save money in the long run on your energy costs by upgrading now.
The Boiler Takes Longer to Heat Up Than Before
When your boiler is working properly, it should heat up in a few seconds, so if you’re waiting several minutes, it’s probably time to replace it.
Your Boiler’s Flame is Yellow Instead of Blue
A yellow flame could mean that carbon monoxide is present, and since carbon monoxide is odorless, it’s challenging to detect. If your boiler flame is yellow, you should call a boiler repair service right away for an inspection. Carbon monoxide is dangerous and can be fatal, so it’s not a problem you should ignore.
Your Boiler is Leaking
When your boiler starts leaking, it’s a good sign that it’s nearing the end of its lifespan. Leaks are usually caused by broken seals or valves, and since flooding is a risk when your boiler begins leaking, it’s best to replace it as soon as possible.
You See Rising Fuel Costs
While it’s common for fuel prices to fluctuate based on your provider, rising fuel costs can sometimes mean that your boiler is losing efficiency, and once that happens, it’s often more cost-effective to replace it rather than repair it.
Your Boiler Requires Frequent Repairs
As mentioned, boilers require regular maintenance to keep them running optimally, but if you find that you’re calling a technician for repairs regularly, you’re better off-putting the money spent on repairs towards a new system.
If you’re still unsure if now is the time to replace your boiler or not, call a boiler service company like KC’s 23 ½ Hour Plumbing & Air Conditioning for an inspection.
How to Maintain Your Boiler
Before the onset of cold weather, it’s wise to think about your heating system and any maintenance that may need done. While boiler systems are renowned for their reliability, they require routine maintenance like any other heating system. Here are some guidelines to follow to ensure your boiler runs at optimum efficiency when you need it most.
Check the Vent & Chimney
Both the vent connection and chimney of the boiler deteriorate as they age, so it’s crucial that you make sure they’re not leaking. Check to ensure there are no holes or broken connections and check the place where the vent attaches to the boiler.
Check the Heat Exchanger
If you have a leaking boiler, there’s a good chance that the problem is coming from the heat exchanger, which is the part that’s prone to leaking more than any others. Also be sure to check for water pooling around the heat exchanger, and if you notice any, it’s probably best to replace this part.
Flush the Boiler
As your boiler runs, debris builds up inside, which can lower its efficiency over time or cause it to clog. To prevent this, it’s necessary to flush the boiler regularly.
If you’re not comfortable doing these maintenance tasks yourself or would feel more comfortable letting a professional handle it, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced technicians.
KC’s 23 ½ Hour Plumbing & Air Conditioning is available for emergency repair service at no charge for after-hours service.
Why We’re the Premier Palm Springs Boiler Repair Company
Since 1980, KC’s 23 ½ Hour Plumbing & Air Conditioning has served the residents and businesses in the Coachella Valley with a commitment to customer service that you would expect from a locally owned company. We strive to be the best service team you can count on when it comes to fast, reliable, efficient plumbing services delivered at a fair price.