The price of a new boiler is influenced by a range of factors – from the manufacturer that you choose, through the model and size, all the way to the fuel that it works on. As such, choosing the most efficient and cost-effective boiler is not an easy task – but we’re here to help you with that!
If you want to install a gas boiler, you must hire a licensed Gas Safe heating engineer who can give you a realistic cost estimate. Click here to read more about boiler prices in the UK.
When Should You Replace the Boiler
On average, homeowners are advised to replace the boilers after 10-15 years. Using an older and unreliable boiler could cost around £600* extra per year. Also, such a boiler has a higher risk of breaking down. In case of sudden breakdown, you might have to pay £500.
Below are some obvious signs that indicate you need a boiler replacement.
1. Increase in Energy Bills
Have you noticed an increase in the energy bill without possible explanation? In that case, you must consider replacing your boiler as an outdated boiler increases the energy bill.
An inefficient boiler requires more energy to work properly. It is what increases the energy bill. You can check the rating of your boiler. It’s rated G, which means it’s an older model. However, if it’s rated A-D, it’s a new model that will not increase the energy bill.
If the boiler installed in your home is more than 10 years old, try replacing it with a better model. Comparatively, an A-rated boiler model can help you save up to £580* a year than G-rated boilers.
2. Radiator Taking Longer to Heat Up
Sometimes, radiators can also take longer to heat up. You don’t have to do full boiler replacement. Instead, you can get the radiator fixed. An older boiler unit requires you to check it regularly. Even if there’s a change in the temperature from the usual room temperature, the boiler is not in good condition.
3. Strange Noise
Is your boiler making a strange noise? If you hear frequent humming, vibration, or banging, there’s something up with your boiler. Unusual noise indicates internal damage, which could also result in leaking.
You must check the pipes to make sure that the pipes are not congested with sludge. Do a chemical flush to clean the pipes.
4. Smell Coming From Boiler
Have you noticed an eggy or sulfurous smell coming from the boiler? If yes, you must call HVAC experts as such a smell indicates a possible gas leak. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas, which results in an eggy smell.
It’s a life-threatening gas that requires professional assistance. The best thing you can do is install a detector to sense any possible gas leaks. Also, if there are stains on your boiler, there’s a gas leak. Immediately turn off the boiler and call a professional boiler expert.
The last sign recommended in this boilerguide is a water leak. If you can see possible leaks in your boiler, contact an experienced professional to resolve the issue.