If you take proper care of your boiler, you can keep it running for up to 15 years. That said, a boiler will inevitably wear down over time, and an old boiler might actually end up costing you more than you think.
If you’ve moved into a house, you may not know how old the boiler is, or how well the previous owners maintained it. Even if you’ve had the boiler its whole life, there still may be enough problems with it that replacement is the more cost-effective option, as repairs can be expensive. Here are some tell-tale signs that you should replace your boiler.
Your Boiler’s Flame is Yellow
Typically, the flame on your boiler should always be blue. If it’s yellow, it could indicate the presence of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is hazardous and can be deadly when inhaled. Since it’s odourless, there is no way to indicate its presence. Make sure you install a carbon-monoxide detector near your boiler and keep an eye on that flame. If you notice it going yellow, it’s definitely time for a new one.
You Notice a Jump in Your Fuel/Energy Costs
As your boiler ages, it will struggle more and more to work efficiently. Since it needs to work harder to heat your water, it will use more fuel or energy. If you notice that your bills have increased, the boiler is likely the culprit. At this point, your bills will just keep getting bigger as the boiler continues to wear down, so it’s a good time to replace it. You can also have the boiler’s energy-efficiency rated, and if it’s below an ‘A,’ it’s advisable to get a new one. Wolverhampton boiler replacement provides no-obligation quotes and works to get you switched to an energy-efficient model.
If your boiler is leaking, it’s usually on its last legs. A valve or a seal is likely broken, and water leaks inside the boiler could lead to a short circuit. It can be extremely dangerous and a fire hazard, so you’ll need to take care of it immediately. When seals and values start breaking, it’s a good indication that it’s time for a new boiler. It’s also important to consider the damage that a leak can do to your home. Flooding damage is expensive to repair and should be avoided at all costs.
It’s Older than 15 Years
At their best, boilers can last around 15 years. Once they hit that age, repairs are needed more frequently, and parts are harder to come by. They also become less energy-efficient and use a lot more fuel to function. You’ll probably notice it takes longer to heat up and that your rooms will cease to heat up evenly. If your boiler has made it to 15 years, congratulations, but it’s time to move on.
By identifying when your boiler is reaching the end of its life, you can save yourself a lot of hassle and money. Repair costs add up, as do the costs of running a boiler that isn’t energy efficient. If you see any of these warning signs, it’s time to have your boiler replaced.