Your boiler is an essential piece of equipment. When you stop to consider how inconvenient and uncomfortable it is to take cold showers and live in a cold house, you realise how critical a functioning boiler is to your overall well-being. If your boiler is new you shouldn’t have too many problems with it, but as soon as boilers start to age they may start to go wrong.
But since a boiler is an expensive piece of equipment, how do you really know when it’s time to spend money on a new one? Should you do it now, or wait a bit? Here are some of the most important signs that show you now is the time for boiler replacement:
1. Your Boiler is Old
Most boilers have an active life of around 15 years. If yours is older than this, you should start to think about replacing it. You can make repairs when your boiler is old but you won’t get the efficient heating you need from an old boiler. And there are some faults that cannot be fixed – you do not want to be surprised by a complete boiler breakdown and then have to replace it quickly in the middle of winter.
2. Your Boiler is Not Energy Efficient
If your boiler is relatively new but still over a few years old it may not be giving you the efficiency you need in terms of energy use. Therefore you will end up paying much more for your energy bills. You definitely need to watch out for an inefficient boiler and replace it with a newer model with better efficiency as this can save you hundreds of pounds a year.
3. Your Boiler is Heating Slowly
Do you find yourself waiting and waiting for the room to become warm or for hot water to appear? If your boiler takes forever to heat water then you should consider a modern replacement. Modern boilers can heat up almost instantly, which makes a huge difference in terms of comfort and energy efficiency.
4. You Don’t See a Blue Flame
If your gas boiler has a yellow flame and not a blue flame it needs to be serviced or replaced as soon as possible. This is because it could be a sign that your boiler is leaking carbon monoxide, which is a huge danger to your health. If your boiler is old you definitely need to install a carbon monoxide detector since older boilers are more likely to have problems with this gas.