A recurring theme of plumbing-related saving money tips & advice is knowing when to repair and when to replace equipment. A new boiler, for example, can be an expensive prospect – however, there comes a point when it’s the only viable option.
Here are three of the key signs to watch for, that tell you boiler replacement is your best option over boiler repair.
Boilers need regular maintenance to work efficiently, we all know this. However, if you’re getting on first name terms with your local heating engineer, something is clearly wrong. A boiler can only be repaired so much before it becomes obsolete, and the money you spend on repairs over the course of another year could easily buy a new boiler.
This, naturally, applies to older boilers – 8/10 years or older. If your boiler is only two years old and recurrently breaking down, it points either to manufacture defect or problems elsewhere in your plumbing.
As boilers grow older and fall into a state of further disrepair, they naturally become much less efficient. That means, ultimately, that your heating bills are going to go up because the boiler will consume much more energy to function.
You might offset that extra cost in operation if the boiler continues to work well, however that rise in costs often goes in tandem a reduced ability to efficiently heat your home. If your thermostat is all the way up and your radiators are still lukewarm, it’s time for a new boiler.
If your boiler is emitting an unusual or unpleasant smell, there’s no time to think – those fumes could be potentially life-threatening. If you have a gas boiler and you smell gas, call 0800 111 999 to reach the National Gas Emergency Services.
Risks of explosions aside, there is also the risk of an insidious and deadly carbon monoxide leak to worry about, which again could be fatal. If your boiler is emitting any fumes it’s time for it to be replaced sooner rather than later – the consequences could be severe.