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Does my boiler need replacing?

Does my boiler need replacing? Well, if you maintain your boiler you can expect a good 15 years’ worth of service out of your appliance. An annual boiler service will help to ensure that your boiler remains as efficient and safe as possible for your central heating system. But remember, the older your boiler, the harder it will be working to heat your home.

Nowadays, modern heating boilers are significantly more efficient than older boilers. In addition, technical improvements in modern boilers, such as temperature control devices, ensure you are able to heat your home more precisely and efficiently. A boiler in need of replacement is unlikely to be energy efficient or cost-effective, but more importantly, it could be a danger to you and your family. Replacing your old heating boiler with a modern condensing boiler will almost certainly reduce your fuel bill but you will need to consider any future demands on your heating system.

For example, will your family extend, will your hot water requirements expand, and will you add more bathrooms. Maybe you may add renewable solutions in the future. Consider these factors now and discuss them with your heating engineer. So, when to replace your boiler? Could you put it off for replacing your boiler for another year? 

Here are 10 tell-tale signs that you should consider a new boiler installation sooner rather than later.
  • Is your boiler older than 15 years old?

    If your boiler is over 15 years old, it may be time to consider replacing it. While routine maintenance and an annual service can prolong a boilers lifespan, advancements in heating technology mean that modern upgrades which allow greater control of your heating, will not be available on your current boiler.

  • Your boilers energy efficiency rating is below ‘A’

    All new heating boilers come with an efficiency rating which is rated on a scale of A – G. The energy ratings work on a similar principle to the efficiency of white goods and appliances. A rated appliances and boilers are the most energy efficient, at more than 90% efficiency. G-rating indicates less than 70% efficiency. If you were to upgrade your inefficient G- rated appliance to an A-rated boiler could save hundreds of pounds on your energy bills each year.

  • My boiler takes a long time to heat up my radiators and hot water.

    This is a classic sign that that your boiler may need replacing or at the very least, that a boiler repair may be required. Modern boilers produce heat almost instantly, so if you find you’re having to wait longer for your house to feel warm, or for your hot water to come through, it might be time to think about a new model.

  • My boiler flame burns yellow, rather than blue

    Beware, should your boiler burn with a yellow flame, this could be a sign of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an odourless and colourless gas, which makes it difficult to detect as you can’t see or smell it. It is referred to as the silent killer. If you see your boiler burning with a yellow flame, you should consult your heating engineer immediately and install a carbon monoxide alarm.

  • My boiler needs more frequent repairs

    If you find yourself frequently resetting or topping up the pressure in your boiler, then it may be time to replace it. Should you find yourself constantly calling out an engineer to conduct repairs on your boiler, with the mounting costs of boiler repairs, it may be time to consider investing in a new boiler.

  • Boiler parts are becoming more expensive and difficult to source

    Listen to your heating engineer. If he informs you that it’s becoming more difficult to source the necessary parts to service or repair your boiler, then this can have a knock-on effect on your premiums. This can result in higher maintenance costs. And in addition, as discussed previously, the increased costs you’re likely to face if your boiler isn’t as efficient as it could be.

  • My house doesn’t feel as warm as it used to.

    If your house feels cold even with the heating switched on, then your boiler could be at fault. There could be various reasons why your home doesn’t feel warm enough so speak to your professional heating engineer to investigate the reasons. Should your boiler be the cause of the problem, it may be time to invest in a new appliance.

  • My fuel bills are rising

    If your energy supplier is increasing your direct debits fairly regularly, this could be a clue that you should switch to another energy provider. But equally, it could mean that your boiler is wasting your money. If you were to upgrade your boiler you could save up to 30% on your energy bills.

  • My boiler is making strange noises.

    If your boiler is making an unusual noise, an untypical clunking or whirring sound, the boiler should be checked by a professional heating engineer at the earliest opportunity. The sounds could be the symptom of a faulty fan or pump. If these phone calls to the engineer become more frequent, it may be the time to consider upgrading your heating system.

  • My boiler smells

    This could be another symptom of a problem which could be an indication that your boiler might be emitting carbon monoxide, should the boiler not be burning properly. Keep a eye out for dark marks around the casing of your boiler. If you can see these dark marks on your boiler, you’ll need to take immediate action.

If your boiler doesn’t show signs of needing to be replaced, it may need checking, primarily if it hasn’t been serviced in some time. If your boiler needs servicing, you can book a boiler service using our booking page here.