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Boiler Repair or Replace?

Generally speaking, it costs less to repair a newer boiler than an older boiler, as it can be really hard to source parts for an older boiler, especially if it’s over 10 years old, so they can cost a lot more! Prices for boiler repairs can also vary hugely depending on the make and model of your boiler, what the fault is that has caused the problem, and what the problem is.

Boiler repairs can be extremely pricy, depending on what the issue is. Those that are considered ‘major’ repairs i.e. replacing a heat exchange can cost over £500! ‘Minor’ repairs, such as replacing a gas valve or fan can cost around £150.

So how can you tell whether your boiler needs a repair or if it needs replacing?

The basic rule of thumb is that if your boiler is less than 10 years old and has generally been reliable then it is more likely to be repairable. You will need to consider replacing your boiler if it is no longer energy efficient, it’s over 10 years old, or replacement parts are hard to come by.

So how do you know if there’s a problem with your boiler?

There are a number of indicators that there is a problem with your boiler; here are some of the key ones:Stop using your boiler and get it checked as soon as possible if:

  • Yellow flame visible
  • Odd smells when boiler is running
  • General wear and tear
  • Leaking from unit
  • Radiators take a long time to get warm
  • Noisy boiler or system
  • Bills are increasing
  • Needs repairing frequently

Here at Max Shutler Plumbing & Heating, we are professional plumbers and heating engineers who are fully insured and Worcester Bosh accredited, so if you’re experiencing any problems please do contact us!


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