There is a lot of information out there regarding the life expectancy of a boiler; it is difficult to tell how long a boiler should really last. There are millions of boilers out there installed over three decades ago that are doing just fine.
However, some homeowners still discover that although their boiler is less than a decade old it still requires replacement. Some boilers need more repairs than others, and so there are a lot of things that need to be taken into consideration when deciding whether it is time to replace a boiler.
Replacing the Boiler Before It Breaks Down
One of the most sensitive pieces of advice is to replace the boiler before it actually leaves you without any hot water. If you wait until the boiler can no longer be repaired, either because it is too damaged or too old and you can no longer find parts for it, you risk having to replace the boiler in a hurry. This could be a costly endeavour and may lead to making an uninformed decision when it comes to the model you opt for, which could also cause trouble further down the line.
Replacing The Boiler When Repair Costs Are Too High
If your boiler is approaching the end of its life, you should think carefully before forking out the money for a costly repair. For example, if your 20-year old boiler requires a £800 repair to work again, you may consider replacing it instead chances are you will have to do so anyway. Forward thinking can save yourself this extra expense.
Your boiler can simply prove that is it unreliable and you may find yourself in the situation where you need to pay constantly for repairs. It is often better option to replace it than waste any more money on repairs. As a rule of thumb, if you
have a problem every six months for the past three years, it is time for a boiler replacement.
Thinking About Fuel Efficiency
Old boilers are known to be inefficient when it comes to energy and the amount of gas they burn. Because they were designed in the days of plentiful and cheap natural gas, all the boilers produce carbon dioxide in larger quantities simply because they are not as efficient as modern models. As an example, a modern boiler extracts in useful heat energy around 90% of the energy available in the amount of gas it burns. On the other hand, a 30-year-old boiler is close to just 60%.
Boiler Making Noise?
Older boilers sometimes seem to work perfectly. However, people often complain about the irritating loud noise that seems to come out of them incessantly. If that is the case, you need to investigate the reason behind the noise, which is usually produced by corrosion of the insides. In some cases, removing the products of corrosion from the inside of the radiator solves the problem, but the results are not always reliable, so the noise might return. If that is the case, it might be a better option to replace the boiler entirely.
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