The average boiler lasts around 15 years if well maintained and although a yearly service can improve the lifespan, an older boiler has to work harder to heat your home. If your boiler needs replacing it could be costing you more money as the energy efficiency is reduced and there is a danger that they are not safe. If you are seeing, hearing, smelling or experiencing any of these signs it is probably time to think about investing in a new boiler.
Here are 7 things to look out for when it comes to deciding if your boiler needs replaced.
1. Feeling colder than usual?
If you’ve lived in your house for a while, you’ll know what feels like a normal temperature when the heating is on. If you feel cold you may want to get a plumber or gas engineer to investigate as there may be a problem with your boiler.
2. Heating up takes a while
An obvious way to tell if your boiler is in need of a replacement is to see how long it takes for the boiler to heat up. Most modern boilers should produce heat instantly so if you’re having to wait for your hot water or heating to come on, it may be time to look for a new one.
If your radiators aren’t feeling hot enough, or your boiler keeps kettling and turning off, you’re probably wasting energy whilst not receiving the full heating benefit to your home. With a new boiler, you’ll really feel the difference.
3. Increased energy bills
If you notice that your payments to the energy supplier have increased, it could be an indication that your boiler is not working as efficiently as it should be. It might not be a case of that you need a new energy supplier to save on your monthly bill.
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4. Noisy boiler
By now you probably know the sounds that your home makes, however if you hear unfamiliar clunking or whirring sounds coming from your boiler, it may be worth getting a professional in.
5. Outdated energy rating
Many newer boilers come with an energy efficiency rating. The scale ranges from A – G which indicates how efficient each model is. An A-rated boiler means it’s one of the most efficiency groups with more than 90% efficiency and rating G, indicates less than 70% efficiency. Have a look at your boiler to see if you have an efficiency rating. If you have a low rating, it might be investing a new boiler to improve efficiency and reduce your monthly bill.
6. What’s the smell?
Carbon monoxide can be produced by a faulty boiler. It’s therefore very important to look out for signs of emitting gas. If your boiler emits a faint smell, it may mean your boiler isn’t burning properly causing carbon monoxide to be produced. If this occurs, there may be dark marks that appear on the actual boiler. If you notice any signs like these, ensure you take action immediately. If you do notice anything that is causing you alarm get in touch with us for emergency boiler repair Edinburgh and let us take a look.
7. Constant boiler repairs
If resetting your boiler when you wake up in the morning, or constantly having to top up its pressure sounds familiar to you, you definitely have a problem.
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If your boiler is showing any of the above signs, it is very likely that you could benefit from getting a replacement, and in some cases your boiler could even be dangerous to you and your family’s health. Don’t ignore the signs that your boiler is on its way out, as you could be sacrificing energy efficiency and comfort, not to mention overspending on your monthly heating bills.