Which Needs More Repairs: A Furnace or a Boiler?

Part of planning the installation of a new heating system in your home involves calculating long-term costs. This takes into account maintenance, fuel prices, and potential repair needs.

Homeowners searching for the right system to install often ask which type of heater will need more repairs, a boiler or a furnace.

On the surface, it seems like an easy question to answer. But many different factors come into play, and the real answer rests on individual cases. We can outline some of what must go into repairing furnaces and boilers to give you a sense of what you may need to deal with. For more in-depth information, and to schedule installation, call Advantage Airtech today. We have a long history with boiler and furnace repair in Scarborough, ON.

Repairs for Boilers and Furnaces

The easy answer to the question, “Do furnaces or boilers need more repairs?” is “furnaces need more.” Boilers are known in the HVAC world for their low number of repairs. The reason for this is that boilers have fewer moving mechanical parts than furnaces (and heat pumps). The major mechanical part on a boiler is the circulator pump; most of the remainder of the system works from hot water pressure and combustion gas.

However, a boiler with poor maintenance will have many more repair needs than a furnace with even average maintenance. Boilers will start to succumb to rust and leaks without proper care, and water leaks can be particularly destructive to a home.

Furnaces, although they generally require more repairs because there is more on them that can wear down, still require far fewer fixes than they once did because of modern construction and technology. A well-maintained furnace, with a regular visit from a technician once a year, should not have a significantly higher cost for repairs than a boiler. If a furnace warms up your home better than a boiler does—which is sometimes the case, as gas furnaces are among the most powerful heating systems—then it should be the clear choice for your heating. And if freezing pipes have caused problems in your house before, you might also consider leaving the boiler aside and opting for a furnace.

Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance

Any heating system will need too many repairs if its owner neglects maintenance. Without it, neither a boiler nor a furnace is better than the other: they will both decay and drain money. Whatever your final choice for a heating system, make sure you enroll in a regular maintenance program.

Advantage Airtech will help you make the best choice for your home heating in Scarborough, whether it’s a gas furnace or a gas boiler. When the time comes that you need boiler or furnace repair, give us a call and schedule a service appointment..