Home EnergyLet’s be honest, replacing your boiler is never going to be on top of your most wanted shopping list is it?  But with the ever rising costs in energy prices the cost of running an old, inefficient boiler could be costing you more in the long run that buying a new one.

So, how do you know that your boiler needs replacing?

First things to consider are the age of your boiler …

Life Span – An average life span of a good quality boiler is around 15 years, but if you’ve not had regular annual servicing carried out on it the lifespan can be dramatically reduced.

Replacement Parts – The older your boiler is then the scarcer replacement parts required for service or repairs become which may push up the costs of these and may result in your boiler being declared unrepairable.

Increase in Repairs – Your annual service will cover all of the maintenance issues with your boiler, but for things that sit outside the general maintenance these will be your responsibility and the older your boiler is then the more likely things are to break down or need replacing.

Energy Efficient Rating – Boilers nowadays come with an energy efficient rating between A – G, and with the technological advancements in boilers over the last 5 years or so it means that the older your boiler the lower efficiency rating it is more likely to have.  In simple terms if you were to switch from a G rated boiler to an A rated boiler it could save you hundreds of pounds each year on your energy bills.

Second thing to consider are how is your boiler performing? …

Time to Heat –  When your boiler is on then you should get heat very quickly without having to wait much time at all.  If you’re having to wait for some time for your house to feel warm or for your hot water to come through then this could be an indication that your boiler needs to be replaced.

Increased Energy Bills – We all know that energy prices have been increasing, but if your supplier is regularly increasing your payments, and you know you’re on a good tariff and don’t need to switch supplier it could indicate that your boiler is using more energy.

Third things to consider are if there are any tell-tale warning signs coming from your boiler …

Strange Noises – All boilers make some sort of noise especially when heating up, but these are noises that you’ll be used to and you don’t actually notice too much.  However, if your boiler starts to make unusual noises then these are sure signs that something is wrong.  It could be something as simple as wear and tear on the pump and it will need replacing so it’s always best to call out a heating engineer to come and check these out as soon as possible and they can advise you on what needs to be done.

Unpleasant Smells – If your boiler has started to give off a smell then it could be an indication that it may be emitting carbon monoxide.  Although as we all know, carbon monoxide does not emit any smell, your boiler, if it is not burning gas properly, may give off a faint smell, if this is the case then you should switch your boiler off along with your gas supply, ventilate the house and call out an engineer immediately.

Flame Colour – The flame in your boiler should be burning blue, if your boiler flame is not blue, but is more yellow in colour then this is another sign of possible carbon monoxide and again you should switch off your boiler along with your gas supply, ventilate the house and call out an engineer immediately.

Buying and installing a new boiler can cost a lot less than you think, call us on 0333 313 3134 or email us at info@homeservicesassistance.co.uk and our team can talk you through your options, it may be that your boiler still has life in it yet and a service or system flush may sort out your issues.