Gas boiler breakdowns are always problematic for homeowners. Will you need a gas boiler service and repair or a new gas boiler installation and replacement? This is where our expertise can be of considerable benefit. Lots of issues can be repaired but there are times when a replacement makes more sense. If your goal is a cozy home, there is no clear-cut solution without an inspection first. It can be difficult to choose between the fastest way to get things back working and what is best in the long run. Here’s how our experts at J Griffin Heating and Plumbing decide during our check-ups.

  • Gas Boiler Age & Condition

The two factors you should always consider first is the gas boiler’s age and condition. If a boiler is old, its parts could be outdated. It may also not meet current laws for operating a gas boiler. If your gas boiler is over ten years, a replacement is likely the best option, but if you have a high-grade model, it may not yet need it. This is when the knowledge of an expert will come in handy.

If your boiler is not aging out, you should also think about its condition. If you are experiencing multiple breakdowns that are minor part replacements, a gas boiler service and repair just might do the trick to get you back up and running. However, if you experience a lot of major part repairs, it’s a sign your brand and model may not be up to scratch for your household’s needs.

  • Type & Frequency of Breakdowns

We see a lot of common gas boiler issues, including low boiler pressure, leaking, radiator switching off, thermostat not working, radiators freezing or making loud noises. Most of these things are usually minor boiler issues that can easily be repaired. If the boiler continually breaks down or it’s out of warranty or hazardous, it’s time for a gas boiler installation and replacement.

If your gas boiler is frequently having problems, it’s possible to replace some of the parts and increase its efficiency. If it continues to happen, your home might just be better off replacing the unit altogether because it’s going to use more energy to try to run like it is supposed to. Keep a record of boiler issues as it can come in handy when making a repair or replacement decision.

  • Household Safety

Before deciding on a gas boiler service and repair or a replacement, you’ll want to think about the people who use it. If your gas boiler is not in a safe working condition, we highly advise you to replace dangerous units if it is likely that it will continue to break or pose major health risks. Even though it is possible to fix boiler parts, it’s not always in the best interest of the customers.

This is the reason why we highly recommend having a professional perform operations and maintenance checks. Once the initial inspection is complete, you will have all the information you need to make the best decisions regarding having a repair or replacement. The good news is that once it is done, you’ll have peace-of-mind in knowing your family is safe when using the boiler.

If your gas boiler is having problems, give us a call at (781) 521-2188 to schedule an inspection. You can also send us a direct message at and let us know the issues you are having.  Our top concern is to ensure your gas boiler is functioning efficiently. We’ll gladly consult with you and help you find the best solution to repairs or replacement.