Has the thought of having a new boiler crossed your mind recently? It could be for one of many reasons, here's the most common ....
1. Frequent breakdowns
To avoid breakdowns, you should always have your boiler serviced once a year. However there comes a time when a boiler's life, like anything mechanical, simply comes to an end. If you find that you're spending a lot of money on repairs, it could well be time to invest in a new, more efficient boiler.
2. Fuel bills are becoming more expensive
The less efficient your boiler, the more fuel you'll waste and the more expensive it will be to run.
3. Your heating system is noisy
Any heating system will make some sort of noise and most are harmless. A tapping sound could indicate the sign of a sludge, rust and limescale build up in the system which can easily be resolved with a powerflush. However, if you hear more disturbing bangs and vibrations it could mean there's a more serious problem with your boiler and you should seek professional advice from a qualified heating engineer.
4. Your pilot light is no longer blue
The pilot light on your boiler should burn blue. If it's yellow or orange then it's possible you have a carbon monoxide issue. Carbon monoxide is a killer. You can't smell it, see it or taste it so you won't know it's there until it's too late and is why you should always have a carbon monoxide detector installed. Go and check your pilot light now and if it's no longer blue, I would recommend switching off the appliance and contacting a qualified heating engineer as soon as possible.
5. Strange smell from your boiler when it's on
If you do smell something strange when your boiler is in use, especially if it's an eggy, sulphurous odour, you more than likely have a gas leak. You should turn off the boiler immediately and call your emergency gas supplier. In this case your boiler will more than likely need replacing.
6. The boiler leaks water
If this is happening, you should switch it off and seek professional advice. It could be that a seal or valve has broken and, left unfixed, could lead to an electrical short-circuit which could cause a fire. Unless the boiler is exceptionally old, this problem can usually be fixed without having to replace it.
7. Replacement parts are getting harder to find and more expensive
If your boiler is more than 12 years old then it will become more expensive to maintain as new technology and more energy efficient appliances come onto the market and manufacturers stop making parts for older models.
8. Your boiler has an energy efficiency rating lower than an A
Following recent changes in the law, boiler manufacturers are required to label their products with an ErP rating which range from A+++ to G, G being the least efficient. Here's a list of the efficiency ratings:
So for every £1 you spend on heating your house using a boiler with a G rating, you could be wasting up to 30p in lost energy. Spend £1000 a year on your heating bill and you literally burn away £300.
9. Your rooms are no longer being heated evenly
If it takes longer to warm the rooms in your house or you're forever having to bleed the radiators, this could be a sign that your boiler is on the blink. It's worth checking with a GasSafe engineer though before forking out £100's on a new one.
10. You're renovating the house and moving the boiler
Depending on the age of your boiler, now could be a good time to upgrade whilst you're dealing with the mess of a refurb. It's really not worth re-installing a boiler that's over 8 years old and with such efficient, modern appliances on the market now, would not make economic sense to do so.
For advice about your current boiler or for a quote for a new one, feel free to contact me. I'm a fully qualified, GasSafe registered, heating engineer in Chichester.
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With 20 years experience under my belt and the fact I keep up-to-date with the latest technology, I like to think I know a thing or two about plumbing and heating.