Spending your hard-earned money on something like a new boiler isn’t exactly at the top of the “fun things to do” list, but it can be a necessary expense in some situations. Before you dive into exploring the costs of a new boiler, consider these five signs to help you determine if that’s the next necessary step.
You hear unexpected noises
There’s a level of expected noise with even the most efficient boilers, but typically, it’s not easily noticeable. However, suppose your boiler is banging or making unusual and unexpected noises. In that case, the chances are good that it’s due to a broken valve, pump problem, or general wear and tear, and it’s time to upgrade and replace it.
Your boiler is inefficient or more than ten years old
Even though the average lifespan of a boiler is between 10 and 15 years, a boiler becomes less and less efficient each year. And, as the boiler is used consistently, the constant wear and tear can lead to breakdowns, costly repairs, and valuable time spent diagnosing and fixing the problems. If your boiler is more than ten years old, it’s probably time to start shopping for a new, more efficient model.
Your repair costs exceed the cost of replacement
The average repair costs for a boiler ranges from £85 to £350, depending on the extent of the repair work, the boiler type, and the labour cost to do the repairs. Even if you are required to make just a few repairs in one year, it makes more financial sense and may lead to savings, to consider a replacement boiler.
Your boiler is leaking or not working properly
As your boiler ages, the probability of small leaks increases dramatically, which, if not caught early, can lead to major issues with water damage. You should check the area surrounding your boiler regularly, and at the first sign of even a small leak, it’s time to start planning for a replacement.
Your heating bills are higher than normal
One of the easiest ways to identify the need for a new boiler is to monitor your heating bills. If you notice your costs increasing compared to the same time frame in the previous year, it’s probably time to consider a new boiler.