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01 February 2022

When Should I Replace My Boiler?

Our boilers are our essential source of warmth for our homes, so it is important to understand the basics to try and avoid them breaking when we need them most.

Even though it takes a qualified and experienced engineer to look after your boiler, anyone can spot the warning signs that their boiler may be in urgent need of replacement. Before they become a liability to your safety and finances, let's take a closer look at the warning signs that indicate you may need to replace your boiler as soon as possible.

Your boiler is more than a decade old

Although the exact lifespan of boilers varies, they usually last for about 10 to 15 years if well maintained. If your boiler manages to last that long, it may start to become inefficient. You might want to consider investing in a new boiler despite how much it will cost you. Your boiler lifespan is also dependent on how frequently you have it serviced. Booking an annual boiler service with Royale Boiler Services will increase the likelihood of your boiler to lasting for up to 15 years.

Your energy bills are through the roof

If your energy usage on your bill is steadily increasing throughout the colder months, it is likely that your boiler is not working as efficiently as it should be. As your boiler gets older, its efficiency rate decreases gradually, leading to increased energy bills Instead of getting rid of it immediately, try looking at its efficiency rating first. If you own an A-rated boiler, it is likely functioning on a 90 per cent efficiency rating. If you own G-rated boilers, it is probably running at 70 per cent efficiency or lower. If you currently own a G-rated model, you might want to consider replacing it as soon as you can.

It's leaking

Having boiler leaks doesn't mean you have to immediately replace your unit. It simply means that there is a problem with its valve or seal. Before it gets worse, call the boiler repair experts at Royale Boiler Services to sort it out. If left unattended, minor leaks may lead to corrosion, rust or even structural damage to your home. If more leaks are showing up, it is probably a sign that you need to have it replaced. In addition, boiler leaks will make your heating inefficient and not warming your home as it should do.

It takes too long for the radiators to heat

If it takes a long time for your radiators to warm up, it means there is an internal breakdown. Let a boiler engineer take a closer look at your boiler. Your unit may be worn out or just approaching the end of its lifespan.

Replacement components are difficult to find

If you are already having a hard time finding the exact replacement components for your boiler model, it probably means your boiler is already outdated or it already is experiencing major wear and tear. Take this sign as an opportunity to replace your unit before you end up with serious issues that may put you and your loved ones at risk.

Are old boilers dangerous?

Not all old units are dangerous but if they show any of these signs, it may mean you will have to switch it off immediately and have it inspected by Royale Boiler Services.

  • You can already smell fumes or spent gas.
  • You develop nausea or headaches when the boiler is on.
  • There are black spillage, scorching or soot marks on your unit.
  • The flame has turned yellow.

If your boiler is running and giving off a pungent smell, this is actually a dangerous sign. This is probably a sign of a gas leak if this happens turn your unit off immediately and contact Royale Boiler Services. As soon as the issue has been addressed, you might want to explore your options on replacing your unit by talking to the boiler engineers.

An efficiently functioning boiler should be burning a bright blue flame. If it turns yellow, you should call the boiler repair specialists immediately so they can assess the situation as soon as possible. A yellow flame is usually a sign that your unit is malfunctioning, and carbon monoxide could be involved. Carbon monoxide is odourless and difficult to distinguish, which is why you should call the experts as soon as you spot a yellow flame.

How long should my new boiler last?

The average lifespan of a boiler is around 10 to 15 years. Within this span of time, you should have it serviced regularly so it can function for as long as it should. To prolong the life of your unit, make sure to purchase a reliable boiler system, choose a system that is suitable for your needs and book an annual boiler service from fully trained, accredited, equipped and experienced boiler engineers at Royale Boiler Services.

If you are experiencing any of these issues with your boiler, call us on 01782 901143.

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