Nothing lasts forever, least of all a boiler heating system. These systems work well until you get an out of control energy bill or you feel cold when your heating system is working. The Melvin family of Milford, NJ experienced a similar situation with their aging Weil-McLain boiler in their home.
Every year, the Melvins schedule an annual boiler tune-up. During this year’s inspection, George Lauck, a seasoned technician at Skylands Energy, recommended that they upgrade their heater to a more modern and efficient model due to the fact that their existing unit had exceeded its lifespan. We installed an Energy Kinetics 90+ Resolute™ oil boiler and an Energy Kinetics indirect hot water heater (EK-1 90+ Resolute Oil Premier) in their Milford, NJ home.
Problem: The Melvin family was using an old Weil-McLain boiler in their home that did not provide an adequate amount of heat to feel comfortable during the cold Milford NJ winters. Due to its age, it was extremely inefficient and consumed an excessive amount of energy. Consequently, they were paying astronomical home heating costs.
Solution: Skylands Energy installed an Energy Kinetics 90+ Resolute™ oil boiler and an Energy Kinetics indirect hot water heater (EK-1 90+ Resolute Oil Premier) in their home. We brought the venting up to code while preserving the aesthetic qualities of their historic, 250-year old home.
The Melvins needed a new boiler that could provide an excellent level of comfort without paying astronomical energy costs. At Skylands Energy, we highly recommend Energy Kinetic boilers for a number of reasons. They are durable and manufactured well. They are energy efficient and, therefore, they can provide a sufficient amount of heat without breaking the bank account. Other appealing aspects of these systems include:
Economical Heat-91% AFUE rating
Endless hot showers-heavily insulated storage tank and advanced technology stainless steel heat exchanger
ASME certified construction
Allows for 5-zone control and can be upgraded up to 12 zones for extreme efficiency
Reduced home heating costs
Made in the USA
Lifetime limited warranty and also comes with a 10-year labor allowance
Hybrid Energy Recovery® Cycle
Digital Energy Manager
The Melvin family can now count on their new boiler to provide them with a comfortable level of heat to get through the cold Milford winters. They will have access to hot water when they need to shower, wash laundry, or wash dishes. This system is durable and will last them for many years to come. Because it is so efficient, they will pay less on their energy costs. Overall, it is an excellent investment that will pay for itself.
What You Need to Know Before You Replace Your Oil Furnace Or Boiler
If you are like most property owners, you do not give a significant amount of thought to your home heating system, except when it is time to schedule a fuel delivery or perform yearly maintenance. However, it is wise to begin preparing to invest in a new unit if your boiler or oil furnace was installed over 12 years ago.
A Boiler’s Lifespan
Manufacturers state that the lifespan of most boilers and oil furnaces is approximately 12 to 20 years. If your system has been well cared for, it will probably work efficiently for longer than the minimum end of that range. Homeowners who are experiencing heating issues or those who do not know their boiler or furnace’s age should probably invest in a new unit.
How A New Heating System Can Save You Money
A new boiler or furnace is a large investment for any homeowner. Thankfully, however, the price of the unit is typically offset by fuel cost savings enjoyed over the next 12 to 20 years. New boilers and oil furnaces work at peak efficiency for up to two decades, providing warmth throughout cold seasons and accomplishing this with less fuel than would be needed by an older unit.
Warning Signs For A Boiler Replacement
Most furnaces do not stop functioning overnight. Rather, warning signs typically proceed to the complete breakdown of such a unit. If your boiler or furnace is more than 12 years old, you should watch for the following signs:
If your furnace or boiler is using more oil, this is a sign that the system is wearing down. This is because this drop in efficiency is typical of boilers and furnaces that are reaching the end of their lifespan.
If you find yourself in need of frequent repairs in addition to normal maintenance, or if you hear clunking, rattling or other strange noises that were not present before, the unit is probably simply wearing out. Calling a repair company several times a year adds up to a substantial amount of money that is better put toward the price of a newer, more efficient system.
If your house is not as comfortable as it used to be, this may be a sign that a new boiler or furnace should be purchased. Most people experience a certain level of dryness in their home during winter, but if the air within your dwelling seems especially dry, dusty or stale, an old, inefficient boiler or furnace may be at the root of the problem.
If you find that your thermostat is not working properly, or it seems like no matter where you set your temperature your home remains cold, you could have a heating system problem. When boilers and furnaces begin to age, they fail to distribute heat properly throughout a home. If you eliminate leaky windows and drafts as a cause and still find that your thermostat seems to be failing, you should examine the heating system itself.
Older systems are also frequently connected to ventilation systems that are worn out as well. They are also at a higher risk for cracks in the heat exchanger. The latter is a serious problem, as it can allow your dwelling to fill with harmful gases, such as carbon monoxide. All homeowners should invest in a carbon monoxide detector, but updating your furnace is also a great preventative step against carbon monoxide poisoning.
What To Do When You Need A New Heater
In order to enjoy maximum effectiveness and efficiency from your new furnace or boiler, you should have your home heating needs evaluated by a professional. Of course, you must have your old unit taken out, and this is also a good time for a general inspection of components such as your ductwork.
Boilers and furnaces are specifically sized to fit the home into which they will be placed, and this can affect their cost. The brand and its overall efficiency rating can also influence price. Although such a unit is a considerable investment, it is guaranteed to save you fuel money and repair costs in the future.
Call Skylands Energy today for more information. We can inspect your old system and help you find the most practical solutions to improve your efficiency, reduce your home heating costs, and increase your comfort levels. We offer free, in-home consultations. Be sure to give us a call today.
Always look forward to Larry's honest and accurate assessment of my heating apparatus. Skipped last year due to illness, so was much needed this year.
5 / 5
gayle - Milford, NJ
On time, efficient and great quality service of our boiler!
5 / 5
james - Milford, NJ
5 / 5
Quality, professional service
joe - Milford, NJ
Joe was very thorough and courteous. He arrived on time, and did a great job servicing my furnace. He cleaned up the entire area where he was working. I highly recommend him. He has serviced my furnace and other family members heating systems for many years, and we always request him for the service call.
Craig Miller Master HVACR Contractor License# 19HC00395100 • Frank Bournias Master Plumber License# 36BI01319800