How Do I Know If My Boiler Needs Replacing
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Find out how to know if your boiler needs replacing? We look at how often a boiler should be replaced and things to consider when buying a new boiler.
Many homeowners take their new boilers for granted, but even the most efficient boiler needs replacing eventually. Even if yours is serviced regularly, you could save money by getting a gas safe engineer to inspect the unit. Keep reading this article if you believe your home heating system requires repair.
Does my My Boiler Need Replacing?
Your central heating system must remain healthy and efficient: it's a no-brainer. While it's expected to make strange noises, experience general wear and tear and continue running smoothly many years into its life, you can experience problems, increased energy bills and a less efficient boiler as it ages.
You will need a new boiler and a heating engineer to provide a replacement boiler after you encounter some of these below signs, as leaving it unattended could be potentially fatal.
How Often Should a Boiler Be Replaced?
Replacing your boiler takes more money than most people have spare, which is why they opt to buy endless repairs and replacement parts as they typically turn out cheaper. However, if you've had your boiler for many years, it could be time to replace it more than you realise.
The best boiler for you is the one that works for your requirements, but no boiler older than 15 years should be in your home. After that point, the efficiency rating of your boiler drops below what it should be, and it is more likely to leak water, use more energy or become completely obsolete.
There are some instances where you can get by with some boiler repairs, and we're not suggesting you should always get a replacement when the boiler unit is still new. Instead, if your boiler is not working properly, call an expert, and they could be able to repair it back to full capacity.
When should I replace my boiler?
You should buy a new boiler when you notice any of the above signs and you've had a Gas Safe engineer visit for an inspection.
Faint smells? Tapping sounds? Regular call outs? It's time for a replacement, however tempting it is to invest in the cheaper quick fixes available from engineers.
While your radiators taking time to heat up potentially being a sign of sludge build-up and replacement parts being a regular part of owning a boiler, there comes a time when buying new combi boilers is more cost-effective than owning the older one.
Compare it to owning a car: after a while, no car is road worthy, and it's safer if you buy a new model.
Furthermore, the longer you own your boiler, the more likely it is to have a gas leak. Carbon emissions increase with old boilers, which leads to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, vomiting, tiredness and, in severe cases, death.
New boiler vs replacement boiler
There is a difference between a new boiler and a replacement boiler, and understanding this can help you ensure you get one working efficiently for your home. A new boiler entails making the switch from one model to another, meaning you will need a new infrastructure with the machine.
For example, changing from a system boiler to a combi boiler. In comparison, getting a full replacement is a more up-to-date model of the same type, meaning your home will have the right internal parts without making a big switch.
Getting the right boiler for you involves a discussion with a heating engineer and understanding how they both work, as it can vary depending on your requirements, amount of rooms, etc. Either way, you will be saving money as you can get spare parts for cheaper.
How much will a new boiler cost?
Buying a new boiler can be expensive, which is why so many people choose to repair it over replace it. They can range from £1000-£4000, covering the installation costs, new chemicals to flush the heating system and the boiler itself.
However, before buying any new boiler, be sure to get as many free boiler quotes as possible. Many companies will let you get a free quote before buying from them, meaning you can assess the options on the market. Compare quotes and assess what boiler is making the most sense to you and your requirements.
You could be eligible for free boiler installations, depending on your situation. Government boiler grants exist to help those in need, with the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) being established to grant low-income households a chance to improve their boilers.
You must be receiving at least two of the following Government benefits to be considered for ECO:
Child tax credits
Working tax credits
Universal Tax credits
What type of boiler will I need?
We recommend you buy a combi boiler, as they are more efficient and take up less space than older boilers. An old boiler has a cylinder for heating water and a separate water tank, whereas combis are more energy efficient and suitable for smaller homes.
If you're making home efficiency improvements, we suggest looking at your boiler and getting a new model, as you can save money compared to regular servicing of your older unit.
Things to Consider When Buying a New Boiler
Considering boiler prices are expensive, you want to ensure you make the right decision. Making the wrong choice can cause more problems than you realise. Here are our tips for choosing the right boiler for you:
Pick the correct type of boiler.
If you live in a smaller house or flat, you must ensure your boiler meets your heating needs. Smaller spaces don't need as much energy or power to heat them, so a storage tank is definitely not required. Combi boilers are smaller and easier to install, so we recommend them to most people.
Choose a trusted company
The boiler brand you pick is almost as important as anything else: you need to make sure they are reliable, and you can source replacement parts quickly. Don't pick the cheapest option, as you need to ensure the quality is high and the manufacturers are legit.
Switching to a modern boiler will do wonders for your heating bill, regardless of the age of your property.
All modern boilers are condensing boilers, or a form of it: meaning these carry a large heat exchanger capable of recovering heat that escapes through the flue.
In short, you can save energy and regain heat for a later date.
Finally, we recommend you work with a licensed gas safe engineer. Not only are you paying for their experience and expertise, but you can know you're getting a safe product.
If you require assistance, don't hesitate to get in touch with our team, and we can get you started with your home efficiency improvements.
Do you require boiler replacement or heating servicing? We offer services to both domestic and commercial customers Uppingham, Oakham, Stamford and Rutland. Our charges are highly competitive and realistic. If you are experiencing problems with your central heating - Please contact us.