Boilers don’t come with an expiry date. There are no set rules when it comes to when or how often boilers need to be replaced. A boiler can last for up to 15 years or longer if they are of good quality and with annual boiler service.
When boiler repairs start to add up more and more, it makes more sense to invest in a new one. You might be tempted to put off boiler replacement for as long as possible, but you could experience a number of problems if you decide to delay this for too long.
So how do I know if your boiler needs replacing?
Boiler maintenance can increase the life of your boiler is up to 15 years. However, if your boiler is over 15 years old it might be time to start looking at a boiler replacement. Older boilers require additional maintenance even though your boiler doesn’t seem to have any faults.
2. Energy Efficiency Rating
Older boilers just don’t make the grade when it comes to energy efficiency. Boilers are rated for energy efficiency on a scale of A to G. A is 90% efficiency and G is 70% efficiency. Replacing your boiler with a more energy-efficient model can save you money in the long run on energy costs.
3. Regular Breakdowns
Boilers will require regular maintenance. However, if it seems that every other week there’s something wrong with your boiler, things are set to get worse. The cost of boiler repairs and replacement parts will outweigh the costs of purchasing a new boiler.
4. Energy Bills
Are you experiencing an increase in your energy bill? If so, it’s possible that your boiler is the culprit. An inefficient boiler will cost you money that you might not be able to spare. So upgrading to a modern, energy-efficient boiler will give you greater control of your energy use and spending than before.
5. Yellow Flame
A healthy boiler should burn with a blue flame. If your boiler’s flame is yellow, it’s a sign indicating the presence of carbon monoxide. This is a serious issue because it’s a dangerous, colourless, and odourless gas that can be fatal.