Boilers can last for years but there will always come a time when this appliance needs replacing. There are many reasons why you should consider replacing your boiler, whether it’s faulty or keeps breaking down, or because it’s old and inefficient.

If you do have an older model, you could be spending a lot more on your energy bills because it’s just not as efficient as the newer models now available on the market. Energy Saving Trust figures suggest that heating actually makes up around 60 per cent of your annual spend on energy, so it of course makes sense to have the most efficient boiler you can find.

Modern boilers are more efficient because they are condensing, which means they have a bigger heat exchanger. As a consequence, more heat is recovered, so cooler gases can travel up the flue, meaning it’s a lot more efficient.

So what kind of boiler should you go for if you do decide it’s time to make a change? There are several different options available to you but if you’re looking for a cheaper model, perhaps go for oil heating as fuel prices from March this year suggest this is currently the cheaper way to go.

Low carbon heating is also a good idea if you want to keep costs down and also boost your green credentials into the bargain. Look out for biomass or heat pump boilers and you could be pleasantly surprised at how much less energy you use – and how much your bills shrink as a result.

You’ll also need to make a decision between a combi boiler or a regular one. The majority of older boilers come with a separate hot water cylinder attached where the hot water is stored, which means it’s not coming directly from the boiler. Regular boilers can be more efficient when it comes to actually producing hot water but because some of this heat is then lost from the separate water cylinder, a combi boiler may be a better fit for you and your family.

If you’re really looking to save money, you could also consider switching energy suppliers. The majority of suppliers will offer a variety of different tariffs for gas and electricity, a well as duel fuel deals and discounts for doing it all online. Spend some time shopping around to see if you can find a cheaper deal – and remember that if you pay your bill by direct debit it’s often cheaper as well. Paying the entire amount each year rather than doing it month by month can also save you a few pennies.

Of course, you don’t have to replace your boiler or buy a new appliance if you think there’s still life in your old one at the moment. If your appliance is on the ageing side, however, it would be wise to have it serviced more frequently so you know it’s in good working order. Call Home Services Assistance, your friendly boiler repairs company in Blackburn, if you want us to come out and see how your boiler’s doing.