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What You Need to Know Before You Replace Your Oil Furnace or Boiler

Is Your Oil Heat Furnace or Boiler Is Over 12 Years Old?  It Might Make Financial Sense To Upgrade To A New More Efficient System.

Most homeowners give little thought to their home heating system beyond the annual maintenance and fuel deliveries, but if your oil furnace or boiler was installed more than 12 years ago, you may want to start preparing to buy a new one.

According to the manufacturers, oil furnaces and boilers, last between 12 and 20 years. If you’ve taken care of your heating system and had regular maintenance done, you will likely get more than 12 years out of your system. For homeowners that don’t know the age of their furnace or boiler, or are having heating issues, chances are the time to replace it is nearing.

Purchasing a new furnace or boiler is one of the biggest investments a homeowner will make. Fortunately, the cost of the unit is somewhat off-set by the savings you’ll see in fuel costs over the next 12 to 20 years. New oil furnaces and boilers are highly efficient, providing warmth all winter long with less fuel than units from decades ago.

Look for the warning signs

It’s rare for a homeowner to wake up and discover the furnace is no longer working. There are often warning signs in the months and sometimes years before a unit reaches the end of its life. If your furnace or boiler is older than 12 years, here are some signs to watch for.

Are you using more oil? Have you noticed that the oil tank doesn’t last as long as it used to? Furnaces and boilers lose their efficiency as they get older, especially if maintenance has been neglected. A drop in efficiency could mean the system is wearing down.

Are you paying for more repairs? When was the last time you needed maintenance on the furnace, outside of the annual check? If you’re noticing clunking sounds, strange noises or other concerning problems with your unit, it’s likely nearing the end of its life. As with most machines, the older it gets, the more repairs it needs. Calling a repair service more than once a year is expensive; you could be putting that cash toward a more efficient system.

Is your house comfortable? Everyone expects some level of dryness when winter comes, but if the air seems stale, dusty or especially dry, it could be the result of an old furnace or boiler. Older systems can be connected to poor ventilation. Older systems also are at greater risk for crack in the heat exchange, which can allow carbon monoxide into the home. All homes should have a carbon monoxide detector, but updating your furnace provides an added preventative step.

Is your thermostat working? If it seems like your house is cold no matter how high you turn up the heat, or are finding one room is far warmer than another, it could be a heating system problem. When furnaces and boilers get older, they may not be able to distribute heat as thoroughly as they once did. Make sure to eliminate drafts and leaky windows as the cause. Then examine how well the heating system does throughout the home.

I need a new furnace. Now what?

To get the maximum efficiency and effectiveness out of your new boiler or furnace, you should call a professional to determine your home heating needs. You will also need someone to get rid of your old oil unit, and may want a general inspection of ductwork and other components done at the same time.

Furnaces and boilers are sized to fit specific homes, which can affect price.  The efficiency and brand can also influence cost. While it is a sizeable investment, a new unit over time can save in fuel and repair costs. For more information about buying a new oil furnace or boiler, call M.L. Halle Oil today.

How Do I Find the Most Efficient Oil Heat Boiler or Furnace for My Home?

Buderus Logano Oil Heat Boiler

Buderus Logano Oil Heat Boiler

If you have an old oil heating system and are looking to invest in a new one, you might be surprised to learn how efficient oil heating system technology has become. Oil furnaces with natural draft flue gas, continuous pilot light and thick-walled heat exchangers can lose one quarter to nearly half the heat it produces. Newer furnaces, however, have reduced the losses to roughly 10 percent. This means you are burning less fuel and saving more money.

How to rate efficiency?

When shopping for a new heating system, you will want to evaluate efficiency along with price. Heating system efficiency is measured by “annual fuel utilization efficiency,” of AFUE. AFUE is a measurement of the annual heat output of the furnace or boiler compared to the total annual fossil fuel energy consumed. For example, an AFUE of 90 percent means that 90 percent of the fuel becomes heat for the home and 10 percent is released through the flue or elsewhere.

If you’re considering purchasing a lower-cost unit, check the efficiency. More efficient units usually come at a higher price. But this shouldn’t be the only factor in your decision. Consider not only the up-front cost of the system, but the cost of fuel over the life of the unit.

What are the rules regarding new oil system efficiency?

The U.S. Department of Energy has set heating system standards for new systems that require a certain level of efficiency. A newly installed oil home heating system must have an AFUE of 83. These rules vary if you own a mobile home.

How do these efficient models compare to my old unit?

Although new units are required to have an AFUE rating, older systems may not carry this efficiency rating, or the information may have been removed by the previous homeowner. Knowing how efficient your current unit is can help you determine how much fuel – and money – will be saved once a new system is installed.

There are a few signs that indicate a low-efficiency unit, which runs anywhere from 56 percent to 70 percent efficiency. Look for a continuous pilot light, which must be relit if it goes out. These systems rely on drafts to distribute the warmth and can be identified by ductwork described as octopus-style.

Mid-range efficiency models will use an electric ignition, so there is no pilot light. They also have fans that control airflow and carry an efficiency of about 80-83 percent.

Shopping for quality and efficiency

Energy Kinetics 2000 Oil Heat System

Energy Kinetics 2000 Oil Heat System

High-efficiency furnaces run at 90-98.5 percent efficiency, depending on the model. These are usually condensing units with two heat exchangers that maximizes use of the heat from the exhaust gas.

As we noted, these units are more expensive, however, you can save a significant amount in fuel costs over time. For people who live in cold climates like New Hampshire, these systems are usually the better bargain.

At M.L. Halle Oil, we promote, install and service Energy Kinetics products, boilers and water storage tanks. We’ve have had a relationship with this company for several years and are an Energy Kinetics System 2000 dealer. We can also consult with you about other brands and can install and repair heating systems by other manufacturers, including Buderus, Weil McLain, ThermoPride, Utica, Burnham, and Miller.

We have found that Energy Kinetics products range from 88 percent efficiency to 91 percent, which is likely a big improvement over your old unit. If you have questions about installing a new oil heat system, please feel free to contact us at (603) 627-7869

Member Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Member Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Member Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire

Member Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire

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