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2 Instances When Boiler Retubing Is A Good Idea

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Your boiler may not get a lot of attention, after all, it's one component of your home you likely see very little of. However, it is nonetheless important. A failure to properly maintain the boiler will lead to consequences, especially when it comes to updating the tubing. Fortunately, the need for retubing does come with certain sigs; you just need to know what they are. Here are some of the instances when retubing is necessary.

1. Rust

If you're able to locate the tubing for your boiler, go ahead and take a look at it. During the inspection, the biggest red flag you want to be on the lookout for is rust. If there is any evidence of rust development, it's fairly clear that you need to replace the tubing. Rust is the after-effect of corrosion. 

If the outside of the tubing is rusted, it's likely that the interior spaces have the same level of damage, which means the overall performance of the boiler is likely on the decline. Have a technician determine the source of the rust development and then repair the issue. Rusted tubing is also at an elevated risk for leakage, which could lead to costly damage and repairs. 

2. Age

It's a good idea to replace boiler components over the years, even if they appear to look good and be working without any significant hiccups. If you've lived in your home for a number of years and you're not the original owner, and the boiler tubing has never been replaced, it's likely well past its expiration period. While certain parts of the boiler tubing are visible, there is an entirely different area that you can't see. 

Over time, age can break down the tubing and make it less efficient. If your boiler is on the older side and you've been experiencing issues, new tubing might be able to help you get more time out of the boiler instead of replacing it altogether, provided there aren't any major issues taking place that are affecting the boiler's performance. Older tubing is sometimes also at an increased risk for rust development, so replacement is a good idea all around. 

Don't ignore the signs that indicate it's time to retube your boiler system. If your situation falls into any of the previously mentioned scenarios, it's time to contact a boiler technician for assistance, as the problem will likely only get worse with time if ignored. For more information, contact a company like Schweitzer Bros Co Inc.


4 June 2018