Boilers are an investment for any residential or commercial property, and we know that boilers can last for a very long time indeed. They’re a necessary component of any property, and you can’t scrimp on replacing a boiler when it has already broken down or is too old. But while there are boilers which can have a long lifespan, thanks to regular servicing and proper maintenance, there comes a time when you may have to replace your boiler for various reasons, whether it’s inefficient for your property, it develops a significant issue, and so on. So, when do you really know if you have to replace your boiler? Here’s how you can tell.
It frequently breaks down
If your boiler is continually breaking down and you have to call a gas engineer to have a look at it every so often, then you may want to consider replacing it. If you compute the cost of repairs and the cost of calling in an engineer versus replacing your boiler with a new one, and the cost of repairs and calling in an expert is greater, then it’s worth buying a new boiler.
You have higher energy bills
Boilers have an efficiency rating, and the more efficient your boiler is, the better for your property – and the lower your energy bill. But if your boiler is not working efficiently, you will end up paying more for your energy bills in the long run. A modern boiler often has an A rating for efficiency as they can operate at over 90%, while a boiler with a G rating will only operate at 70% (sometimes less). If you make an upgrade from a G-rated boiler to an A-rated model, you can save as much as £200 annually on your energy bill. Remember, though, that replacing a boiler can run up to about £2,300, so it’s worth weighing the cost of replacement versus what you are currently spending on your energy bill.
It is making a lot of noise
There’s no doubt that a typical central heating system can make a lot of noise, but most of these noises are just a normal part of its operation. But if you notice changes in the volume of noise and the type of noise the system emits, it may be time to take a closer look. If you hear any sounds of tapping from the radiators or pipes, this could be a sign of the buildup of sludge in the system, although you can quickly fix it with the use of a powerflush, which a gas engineer can do for you. However, if there is already a humming, banging, or vibrating sound, this may be caused by a more considerable fault within the central heating system or boiler. If these noises continue, you may want to call in a qualified gas engineer from a reputable commercial boiler service in London such as Gasway Commercial.
The flame changes colour
The flame on your boiler should burn blue when it is functioning correctly. But if the flame’s colour changes to orange or yellow, this means that your boiler requires immediate servicing. The gas engineer will check it and tell you how severe the issue is and how you can fix it.