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When Should I Replace My Boiler?

Replacing a boiler can be an expensive business. But the alternative, sticking with a faulty or elderly boiler can be more costly in the long run, not to mention dangerous if the boiler is damaged in some way.

It’s important to know when you should invest in replacing your boiler so as to get it done in the most cost efficient way and at the perfect time to save money and stress later down the line.

Is Your Boiler A-Rated?

Boilers are given a rating from A-G with A-rated boilers being the most energy efficient and also the most environmentally friendly, as classified by the Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK (Sedbuk).

If your boiler isn’t A-rated, it’s probably worth replacing it with one that is, since A-rated boilers are more likely to save you money on energy bills, lower your carbon emissions and work reliably and efficiently to keep your home comfortably heated.

The lower the rating of the boiler installed, the less reliable it is and the greater the likelihood of it causing you trouble.

Is Your Boiler Getting Old?

Nothing lasts forever and boilers are no exception.

If your boiler is over ten years old, you may struggle to find spare parts when it breaks down unexpectedly. A new boiler will have much cheaper running costs than an elderly one, and they are much less likely to have technical problems.

If your new boiler does break, the up-to-date model means there will be a greater supply and a lower cost of installing spare parts.

Elderly boilers aren’t just expensive to maintain, they can be dangerous. The increased likelihood of them breaking down makes them a greater risk to the household’s safety, so it is far better to invest in a new one than to keep running an old one.

Broken or Leaking Boiler?

When a boiler breaks down or starts to cause problems it is important to get it checked before attempting to fix or replace it. But there are some breakages where it will be more cost efficient and less effort to install an upgrade.

If your boiler is taking a while to heat up, leaking or making unusual noises then it might be a sign that you need a new model. More seriously, if the flame in your boiler is burning yellow instead of blue this could be an indication of carbon monoxide, which is potentially deadly.

Always call in a qualified engineer at the first opportunity if you notice a problem with your boiler, but if the problems occur more frequently or the repairs become more and more expensive, then the best solution is to install a new, up to date boiler.

Need help with your old boiler or interested in fitting a brand-new A-rated model? Contact Add Heat on 0161 667 1490.

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