HOW DO I KNOW WHEN TO REPLACE MY BOILER?
We can sometimes take our larger appliances for granted and expect them to work year after year without them being too much trouble to us. We are always encouraged to get them serviced regularly and it is true that by doing so, the life expectancy will certainly increase.
Your boiler is a big investment and even when it is serviced regularly, it has a certain lifespan and we need to understand what the warning signs are and when it is ready for change.
- OLDER THAN 10 YEARS – Boilers normally last between 10-15 years if regularly serviced. However, the older it gets the more inefficient it is and you will have to weigh up the costs of replacing vs the increase in the cost of bills.
- INCREASING ENERGY BILLS – If you bills are increasing year on year and it is more than the energy providers increased rates, it could be that your boiler and heating system are becoming inefficient. Before you take the plunge and buy a new one, take a look at the energy efficiency rating. If it is an ‘A’ rated boiler then it is likely to function on about 90% efficiency whereas a ‘G’ rated boiler could be less than 60% efficiency. If it is ‘G’ rated model then it is probably time to replace it.
- RADIATORS NOT HEATING UP QUICKLY – This might mean your boiler is not operating at it’s full potential or you may have a build up of sludge in your radiator circuit.
- REPLACING COMPONENTS – If these are starting to become difficult to find for your boiler model it may mean that your boiler is outdated. Take this opportunity to replace it.
- THE BOILER IS LEAKING – This doesn’t mean that you immediately have to replace your boiler, it simply means that there may be a problem with a valve or seal. Don’t leave it unattended as this can lead to corrosion and rust and could even structurally damage your home.