If your boiler keeps breaking down and it’s out of warranty, you’re probably wondering whether it is better to get it repaired or replaced. If you have dishes piling up in the kitchen sink, are struggling to take a warm bath and only have intermittent heating, it’s time to make a decision. Here are the five questions you should ask yourself if you can’t decide which is the best course of action:
How old is your boiler?
If your warranty has expired, it’s likely that you’ve had your boiler for some years. If it’s more than 10 years old, you may struggle to get replacement parts for it. It’s also worth bearing in mind that if you have an older boiler, it will not be as efficient as a newer model. While you may save a bit of money repairing rather than replacing, it may cost you more in the long run.
How energy-efficient is your boiler?
If your boiler is more than ten years old, it’s probably not a condensing boiler. Condensing boilers are much more energy-efficient and are now the boiler of choice. It’s worth finding out whether yours is a condensing boiler or not. If it isn’t, once again you may find yourself paying more over time if you choose to repair it, particularly as energy prices continue to rise. You could save up to 38% on fuel costs by installing an energy-efficient boiler.
How much will it cost to repair?
New boilers can be expensive, so it makes sense to consider a repair. If it’s something simple, it may be worth fixing the problem. However, if the problem is more complex or your boiler still isn’t performing effectively after the first repair then replacing your boiler can be a more efficient option. If you’re not careful, repairing your old boiler could run into hundreds of pounds and at some point you will need to replace it, so weigh up the options carefully. Remember that only the parts that have been replaced will be guaranteed.
Is your boiler generally reliable?
Perhaps this is the first time your boiler has broken down and it is generally reliable. If so, and it is still in good condition, it may be worth fixing it. A professional boiler engineer will be able to give you an idea of the condition of your boiler. If it’s constantly breaking down or has deteriorated significantly it is likely they will advise you to simply replace the boiler rather than going to the expense and inconvenience of carrying out continual repairs.
Will a new boiler solve the problem?
The best thing about a new boiler is that the parts and labour are usually guaranteed. While installing a new boiler should instantly eliminate any problems you’ve been having, if anything goes wrong in the future you have the assurance that it will be fixed at no cost to you. While replacing your boiler can be costly, it is a long-term investment that could actually save you money in repairs and energy bills over time.
Get the advice you need from DHS
If you’re considering a boiler repair in Bristol, get in touch with DHS. We will be able to look at your boiler and tell you whether a repair or replacement is the better option. Our experienced boiler technicians are fully trained and certified, so you can rest assured that whichever solution you choose is the best option for you.
Call DHS today on 0117 924 7200, email us, or request a call back.