Moving to an older home? Check the boiler and water heater

Buying an older home often comes with great benefits – more space, plenty of character features and big renovation potential. However, there can be some downsides too and it’s important for homeowners to have a look at essential structures in the home, from the condition of the basement waterproofing to the state of the boiler and water heater. Here’s what you need to know about old boilers:

  • What is the condition of the metal it’s made of? Homes dating back to the 1800s often have cast iron boilers driving the home’s central heating. The reason so many of these haven’t been replaced is simple – they can run almost indefinitely as long as they are well maintained. The condition of the metal will quickly tell you if the previous owners have invested in regular services and repairs.
  • What is its capacity? Older boilers are generally much smaller than their modern counterparts, so knowing what you and your family require is key. No matter the condition of your boiler, it’s not going to work if it can’t meet the needs of, for example, a large family.
  • Safety first. As boiler technology has changed, effective safety features have been introduced and become standard. An inspector can be a lot of help here, as they can examine the boiler for failures, check the installation, verify it is safe to operate and check the controls and emissions for any issues.
  • Heat distribution and energy use. A modern boiler is designed primarily for efficiency, using as little energy as possible to generate sufficient heat. This makes them more affordable to run and ensures the heat distribution through your home is consistently at the specified temperature. Old boilers won’t have the technology needed to create such precise results and heat distribution may vary from room to room.

Commercial and residential boiler replacement at affordable prices 

If you would like to replace your home’s boiler or water heater with state-of-the-art heating systems, the specialists at Crosstown Plumbing Supply can assist you. With over 25 years of experience serving the New Jersey area, we can help you choose the right boiler or water heater for your needs.

As plumbing supply wholesalers, we stock high-efficiency boilers, cast iron boilers, water heaters, gas boilers and steam boilers from all leading brands. Customers can also benefit from our 3.5% NJ sales tax, making your home improvement project event more affordable.

To find out more about our boiler products, heating systems and services, please contact us or visit our website at http://crosstown.wpengine.com/ today.