If your old oil-fired boiler doesn't keep up with the fueling and heating demands of your house, you might try to improve the boiler's performances by retrofitting it and your home. Although retrofitting is an option for you, it may be better to simply replace or upgrade the boiler. Here are benefits to upgrading your boiler and how you can do so.
Why Should You Upgrade Your Boiler?
Like other large heating appliances, oil-fired boilers can age. An aging boiler can experience a number of problems, including oil leaks and wear and tear. These issues can eventually affect the boiler's performance and ability to keep up with your home's needs.
If you choose to retrofit your boiler, you may also need to retrofit your air ducts, dampers, and other critical parts. If you don't retrofit the ducts and other parts, it may potentially affect how well your boiler performs. Your boiler may also use more fuel than needed to heat your a home without the proper retrofits.
Upgrading your boiler to a newer model may solve the issues above.
How Do You Install a New Boiler?
There are many replacement options for you to choose from when you shop for a new boiler. If you plan to continue using oil as your fuel source, select an high-efficiency model. High-efficiency boilers may use less oil to heat or warm up the home.
Some homeowners switch from oil to gas when they upgrade or replace their old boilers. Depending on your area, gas may be more cost-effective to use than oil. However, it's a good idea that you consult with a boiler installation provider for more information about oil and gas boilers. A contractor can go over the benefits of using both fuels and help you decide on the most effective boiler for your home.
Finally, consider the size of boiler you wish to install as your replacement. Your new boiler should be large enough to support or meet the needs of your home. If plan to build or add a new room, basement, or attached garage to your home in the very near future, you may choose to go with a larger appliance. If your new boiler isn't the right size, it may struggle to heat your home as well as water and other necessities.
For more information about retrofitting or replacing your boiler, contact a boiler installation contractor for an appointment.