Oftentimes, clients don’t have new boilers installed until their old one breaks.
This is problematic, as ensuring that your boiler is in good condition can rapidly improve the quality of your heating as well as reduce your carbon footprint. A healthy boiler will lead to a reduction in energy bills, improved energy efficiency, and ultimately, peace of mind about a boiler you can rely on.
So, we came up with a guide to help you figure out when the best time is to get rid of your current boiler and replace it with a new one.
How Long Should My Boiler Last?
Typically, a boiler will last you between 10-15 years. This varies depending on the make, model, and how regularly your boiler is serviced and maintained. But most boilers should last at least 8 years if they are properly looked after.
When Do I Need To Replace It?
- If it’s reaching its expiry date
If your boiler is approaching 15 years old, even if it is still working, it may be time to look into a replacement. Firstly, it is unlikely to last much longer, and will be less expensive to replace before it breaks and does damage to your existing plumbing systems.
Secondly, there are probably newer, more cost-efficient models available than your current unit. Replacing it with something more recent is likely to save you money on your heating bills.
- If it’s broken – fix it!
If your boiler is leaking, constantly in need of repairs, or functions poorly, replace it! Many people spend a lot of time and money on repair, when it would cost them less money to simply replace the whole unit.
- If it’s emitting strange smells and noises
Strange noises or smells coming from your boiler can be strong indicators of internal problems. These issues need to be investigated by a professional and may require the replacement of your boiler.
- If there is a yellow flame
If the flame in your boiler is yellow, this could be a sign of carbon monoxide. The flame inside a boiler should always be blue. If you find a yellow flame, call a plumber immediately to take a look at your boiler as it may need repairing or replacing.
- If your boiler is inefficient
High energy bills are another sign that your boiler may need replacing. Replacing it with a modern, condensing boiler can save up to around £450 per year on energy bills.
How To Choose A New Boiler
Choosing a new boiler can be difficult, as there are many options available.
Which boiler is most suitable for you is often down to personal preference. However, some things to keep in mind when choosing a new boiler include; the size of your property, how much hot water you use, what fuel is available to you, your existing system and the types of boiler you can have installed. You may also want to consider renewable energy options.