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Boilers are typically repaired by HVAC professionals — i.e., heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians. Some plumbers and plumbing services can also repair boilers. The average cost of a boiler repair is about $380, according to HomeAdvisor.com.
"How long do boilers last for?"
Most boilers last for about 15 years, though some can last up to 30 years. The best way to keep your boiler in good shape is to get a yearly inspection from an HVAC professional, who can spot any potential issues — such as leaks or a build-up of corrosion — before they become bigger problems.
"Should I repair or replace my boiler?"
If your boiler is over 15 years old — i.e., at (or nearing) the end of its lifespan — you may need to replace it. Another reason to replace an old boiler: Newer models are often more energy efficient, which can lower your heating bill.
Still, because the cost of a new boiler can be expensive — with costs running into the thousands of dollars — you may want to have the unit repaired first, especially if you only need to replace one or two parts. Some parts are more expensive than others, however. For example, a new ignitor switch typically costs a few hundred dollars, whereas a new gas valve can cost as much as $800, according to HomeAdvisor.com. You’ll also need to pay for labor costs, too.
As a general rule, the older the unit — and the more parts that need replacing — the more likely it is that you may need a new boiler altogether. Consider calling an HVAC technician or a plumber for a price quote, and check with your boiler’s manufacturer (or the distributor you purchased it from) to see if your unit is still under warranty.
"How much does a new boiler cost?"
A new boiler typically costs about $2,700 to $7,700, but you’ll also pay about $1,500 to $2,500 in labor and installation costs, according to HomeAdvisor.com. The costs also vary depending on what type of fuel the boiler uses, which can be oil, propane or gas, or electric.Here’s the breakdown of the total cost for a boiler — including both the unit and the installation services — according to HomeAdvisor.com:
Electric boilers cost about $1,500 to $6,500
Propane or gas boilers cost about $3,700 to $10,000
Oil boilers cost about $4,800 to $6,700.
Before you install or repair your boiler, call an HVAC professional or a plumber for an estimate. Many service professionals will come to your home to examine the issue, and provide a free estimate.
"My boiler won’t turn on, what should I do?"
If you suddenly find yourself without heat — and your boiler won’t turn on — your best bet is to call a professional HVAC Technician or plumber. Some of the most common boiler problems include:
A broken thermostat
Low water levels
A water leak
Malfunctioning pilot light
Repairing a boiler isn’t typically a DIY job, so it’s best to call in a professional, who will also be insured if an accident occurs.