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Signs You May Need a New Boiler

With routine care and maintenance, a boiler can go on to heat your home for many years without any problems. Even in the event of a boiler breakdown, in many circumstances a boiler can be successfully repaired, without huge repair costs and the worry of a new boiler installation. However over time you could find yourself staring straight at warning signs which may indicate a new boiler should be at the forefront of your mind. Below we have put together some of the top tell-tale signs that it may be time to replace your boiler.

Your Boiler is 10-15 Years Old

Most boilers have a typical lifespan of 10-12 years, some may last longer if maintained regularly). However even if your boiler isn’t exhibiting warning signs it may be worth an upgrade. Like most technology lots of technological advances can happen over the course of 10 years, by keeping up to date you can ensure that your heating system has the required safety features, is economical and environmentally friendly.

You No Longer Have a blue Flame

gas leakA safe and efficient boiler should exhibit a crisp blue flame; a flame of any other colour could be a sign of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an odourless and colourless dangerous gas which can be fatal upon exposure. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are like many other common health complaints including dizziness, nausea, headaches and fatigue.

If you suspect that fumes containing carbon monoxide are escaping from your boiler, seek medical advice and call the Gas Emergency Services Emergency line on 0800 111 999.

Your Boiler is Leaking

A leak from your boiler can cause significant damage to both your boiler and home. In many cases if a leak is not quickly rectified it can cause further costly damage to the boiler affecting its overall reliability and efficiency.

A Strange Smell Coming from Your Boiler

Your boiler should not emit any smells, a boiler which is emitting even a slight smell should be investigated by a gas safe registered engineered. In some cases, a slight smell coming from the boiler could indicate a dangerous carbon monoxide problem.

Noisy Boiler

A boiler shouldn’t be excessively noisy or make any strange unexpected noises, the noise of healthy boiler running or heating up should be a low but constant. When it comes to boilers making unexpected noises this can be for many reasons, however this is most commonly due to general wear and tear of internal boiler parts.

Having a Low Efficiency Rating

A boiler with an efficiency rating lower than A can become costly to run and increase home fuel bills by up to 60%. Most of the boilers which are on the market exhibit an efficiency rating of A or above as standard.

Your Boiler is Taking a Long Time to Fully Heat Up

Most modern boilers get to their maximum temperature quickly and start producing heat almost instantly. If your boiler is not getting up to the correct temperature quickly enough or not getting your home your desired temperature, it may be time to upgrade your heating system.

Repairs and Maintenance are Starting to Become Costly

piggy bank with calculatorAs boilers get older it can start to become harder to source the correct parts needed for maintenance and repairs. Repairs can also become more frequently needed and much more expensive, once this happens you and your engineer may decide that it is more cost effective to replace your boiler.

Your Fuel Bills are Increasing

You have suddenly spotted that your fuel bills are increasing and you haven’t changed anything with your heating usage. As heating systems get older they can become less efficient and much more costly to run, modernising your heating system could help to make significant savings on your fuel bills and help to heat your home more efficiently.

*When it comes to replacing or repairing your boiler always seek the expert opinion of a Gas Safe Registered engineer, who will be able to advise on the best plan of action for your specific needs.

At Direct Heating Supplies we stock an extensive range of boilers so you have plenty of choice when it comes to heating your home. Don’t hesitate to visit our website today to browse our full range of boilers, all boiler purchases come with the added benefit of free and fast delivery. For more information or advice contact the team by our email address [email protected] or call us on 0800 181 4488.