Is your boiler is starting to act different but not too sure whether it needs replacing? Spotting the signs of an old, inefficient boiler and replacing it can save you hundreds of pounds on your monthly energy bills.
When Does a Boiler Need Replacing?
How Long Does a Boiler Typically Last For?
A boiler typically lasts for anywhere between 10 to 15 years. However, how long a boiler lasts depends on the type of boiler that you use in your home, how often it is used and whether it is has been serviced by professional engineers.
We recommend that you service your boiler at least once a year, in order to maximise your boiler’s lifespan and ensure that everything is running smoothly over its duration. Without servicing your boiler and keeping it maintained every year (at a minimum), your boiler is likely to experience serious functionality issues which can cost you hundreds in maintenance fees, as well as reduce its overall lifespan.
Common Signs That Your Boiler Needs Replacing
Signs that your boiler needs replacing can often go amiss, which can be costing you on you energy each day. To avoid unnecessary boiler costs and improve the energy efficiency of your home, it’s important to recognise your boiler’s irregular behaviour and identify the signs that it may need replacing. Some common signs that you should look out for are:
Regularly breaking down
There’s nothing worse than having to regularly repair or maintain your boiler because of regular breakdowns. As well as the annoyance of going without hot water, repair and maintenance costs can add up and be even more costly than replacing your current boiler with a brand new one.
Emitting loud noises
If your boiler sounds like it is struggling, then its likely that you need to replace it. A buzzing or whining sound emitting from your boiler is likely an indication that there are internal issues that have been caused by wear and tear over time, or lack of servicing.
If your boiler is leaking water then it’s not a problem that you should ignore! As well as being hazardous when near electricals, leaking water is a common sign that your boiler’s pipes have corroded. This likely means that your boiler is not running efficiently and costing you money on your energy bills.
Producing odd smells
An inefficient or old boiler tends to release a sulphurous, eggy smell that isn’t for the faint-hearted and may mean your boiler needs replacing. If you smell anything similar to that description, then it’s likely that your boiler is emitting gas that can be harmful to you, as well as harmful to your wallet.
Not running efficiently
Ever feel like your central heating isn’t on, even when it is on? Your boiler is likely not running efficiently, which means that you are not feeling the warmth from youe radiators despite paying to do so. This can lead to leaving your central heating on for longer than usual and piling on the pennies on your monthly energy bill. During the Winter, this can be especially costly and increase stress and anxiety for many families struggling to pay their bills.
Costing you money
Ultimately, the best way to see if your boiler needs replacing is by looking at your monthly energy bill. If your energy use does not seem to coincide with the number on your energy bill, it’s a common sign that your boiler is not running efficiently.
Not sure what to do next?
If your boiler needs replacing, then it’s important that you understand what boiler is right for your home. At Home Care Heating, we offer different types of boilers that are suitable for different households, depending on your energy use and the type of home that you live in.
If you want to find out about what type of boiler is right for your home, or to receive a FREE quote for a boiler installation, then call us on 0330 135 5984.