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How Safe is my 30-Year-Old Boiler?

Date: November 6, 2023

More efficient heating equipment can lower your heating oil usage.

boiler installation boston, ma It often seems like products don’t last as long as they used to. Whether you’re talking about a dishwasher or a lawnmower, older products were really built to last.

At Cubby Oil & Energy, we regularly make service visits to Boston area households with oil-fired boilers that have run consistently for multiple decades. A boiler that’s held on for 30 years and more is impressive. A boiler is a major investment in terms of its cost and how much you need it when temperatures are low.

When does replacing a workhorse boiler in its third decade make sense?

What’s the life expectancy of a boiler?

With proper maintenance, you can expect your home’s boiler to last 15 years, perhaps even 20 years or more. Older boilers — especially those made from cast iron — can last even longer. Cast iron models have been known to operate for a half-century. But that doesn’t mean you should stick with a 30-year-old boiler that’s past its prime.

Is a 30-year-old boiler safe?

If you receive annual boiler maintenance, your older heating equipment should operate safely. A certified repair technician will be able to identify issues with venting combustion materials, the primary safety concern with an oil-fired boiler.

It’s worth noting that today’s boilers have safety features that automatically shut the burner down if they detect a combustion issue. A 30-year-old boiler will likely not have these features.

When does a boiler replacement make more sense?

Think of your home’s boiler like an aging automobile. As it ages, its performance declines, often considerably. It also becomes less reliable. At a certain point, the expense of keeping an old system running is close to a boiler replacement cost.

Fuel efficiency deteriorates over time. A 30-year-old boiler may give you 60% efficiency or lower. That means that almost half of every dollar you spend on heating oil is going right out your chimney without keeping your family warm.

A new high-efficiency boiler has an efficiency rating of around 87%. Boosting your efficiency by roughly 30% (or more) will considerably lower the fuel you need each heating season.

Finally, your boiler repair visits will only become more frequent — and pricier as parts become harder to secure for your old boiler. Upgrading to new equipment solves this problem altogether!

Contact Cubby for a boiler assessment.

We know it can be difficult to say goodbye to a heating system that’s served your household well. Trust us when we say that upgrading to a new, state-of-the-art oil-fired boiler makes a world of difference. We perform countless boiler installations every year. It’s a complex process, but our expert team can do it promptly, safely and correctly. We’ll have your new, efficient equipment up and running quickly and dispose of your old system for you.

Plus, our heating installation work comes with a warranty that we will stand behind for years to come.

Do you suspect your old boiler is ready to give out? Get ahead of a sudden boiler failure by contacting Cubby Oil & Energy. We’ll provide you with a free, no-obligation heating system evaluation.

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