As professional boiler installers in Nottinghamshire, we get asked this question a lot. Boilers are the pride and joy of every home, especially during chilly Seasons. It’s imperative to make sure the boiler is in proper working condition to keep up with its demanding job. If you’ve had the boiler for some years, you must be wondering when you should have it replaced.
There are no set rules when it comes to how often the boiler needs to be replaced. The boiler can last for as long as 15 years or more if it’s a good quality boiler and have done an excellent job of keeping it in good shape.
The type of boiler and the service schedule are just some of the factors that will determine how long your boiler last. But, you should keep out an eye on the tell-tale signs of when your boiler needs to be replaced.
Does my boiler need replacing?
You don’t have to wait for your boiler to completely break down to replace. Before meeting its doom, there are signs the boiler will have indicating that its life is coming to an end. Identifying such signs will save you money in unnecessary repairs and the inconvenience of frequent cold showers.
Some of the signs that you need to replace your boiler include:
Your home is now the boiler engineer’s home
As your boiler grows older, it fails and breaks down more often. You will have constant visits from the boiler engineer as he tries to revive the boiler only for it to break down again after a few uses.
Compared to the cost of buying a new boiler, keeping on plugging holes in the old boiler is tempting and deceptively cheap.
But, if the boiler is more than 10 years old, you’re only postponing the inevitable and digging yourself deeper into financial misery. The repairs will only get more expensive not to mention you might be paying more for your energy bill.
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Your heating bills are through the roof
Gas bills will steadily creep up as the boiler grows older and loses efficiency. You will save more on your energy bill by cutting ties with the old system and investing in a new one.
An inefficient boiler will use more energy and waste more heat. Energy consumption will only increase over the years and the efficiency will drop as low as 50%.
To protect yourself from bleeding money, consider buying a new boiler for your home. You’ll be happy you made the decision down the line.
The boiler has become smelly
As the boiler grows old, you will notice an unusual smell coming from the boiler. It’s not only a bad sign but one that could turn catastrophic.
The smell is a result of gas leaking and should be reported immediately to avert the risk of an explosion.
There’s also the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Unfortunately, because the gas is odourless, you will only notice the effects. You can install a detector close to the boiler to monitor carbon monoxide. If the sensor goes off, you should evacuate your home immediately and call the emergency number.
Unusual noises in the boiler
As the boiler grudgingly comes to the end of its life, it’s going to be cranky with lots of knocking, popping and hissing sounds.
Different components of the boiler will have a hard time working and keeping up with the demand around the house. The task at hand will no longer be as easy as it once was.
You can call the engineer to give the system a check and make sure everything is working properly. However, if this happens often, and the repair bill keeps going up with more expensive parts requiring replacement, you should consider having the system replaced.
The flame that was once blue is now yellow! It could be caused by an overdue service but, you should call in a Gas Safe engineer who will tell you how serious the problem is and how best to solve it. For old boilers, more often than not, replacing the boiler will be easier.
It’s hard to get replacement parts
Boiler technology advances very fast. New parts and components with better technology and performances are regularly released and added into the new boiler. The ripple effect is that older parts become harder to find as the older boilers become obsolete.
If you have to wait a few days or weeks for the engineer to source for a replacement part, it’s probably best to embrace technology and go for a new boiler with readily available parts.
The boiler is out of touch with smart technology
Today, boilers can do all kinds of things thanks to technology. You can go as far as firing up your boiler when you leave work, so you find your home nice and toasty when you walk through the door.
Most homeowners will not dispose of their boiler just because it doesn’t keep up with modern trends but, those trends also come with additional benefits like convenience, better energy efficiency and ultimately, more savings for you.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s about time you had that boiler replaced. When selecting the new boiler, make sure you consider all the relevant factors, including how future-ready the boiler you’re picking is. This will allow you to delay the next boiler replacement and make the most out of your new boiler acquisition.