FAQ: How Often Should Steam Boilers Be Replaced?


It may not take center stage, but a steam boiler is one of the most important machines for any manufacturing or industrial operation. Of course, it’s not enough to have a boiler, you want one that’s running at optimal levels of efficiency, so you need to know when it’s time to replace your current steam boiler and look for an upgrade.

So, how often should you be looking to replace your steam boiler?

A good range to set with your industrial boiler is 15-25 years. The best-case scenario for any boiler is that it lasts up to 25 years. If you can get 25 good years from your boiler, you should be happy with it and prepare yourself to buy a new boiler and hope to get another 25 years out of that one as well.

Of course, there are a number of factors that may force you to replace your boiler before it reaches the 15-year mark. If the boiler is in good shape, there’s a chance you can wait 15 years in between purchases. But if there are obvious signs of wear and tear, you may not want to push the boiler much longer.

A boiler having leaks or signs of rust may indicate that its days are numbered. If these issues are present, you have to weigh the cost of fixing them against the cost of purchasing a new boiler. At the same time, you also have to access the safety of the boiler. Remember, safety is always the top priority, so if you have reason to believe that safety could be an issue, now may be the right time to replace your boiler.

Naturally, a well-maintained boiler is going to last longer and have a better chance at staying safe and effective for up to 15 years or sometimes longer. As your boiler starts to age, it’s normal that you’ll have to fix and replace certain parts in order to keep it running. However, you should pay close attention to servicing and inspecting your boiler before things start to go wrong.

If you stay on top of servicing and get yearly inspections from the time you first install your boiler, it’ll go a long way toward extending its lifespan as much as possible. Miura has a maintenance program that will stay on top of routine inspections and ensure that the boiler is operating as efficiently as possible. It’s a proven fact that the more you take care of your boiler, the longer it’ll last. So, if you keep up with regular maintenance, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to go 15 years or more before having to replace your boiler. Contact Miura today to learn more about replacing your boiler.

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