How Often Should A Boiler Be Replaced?
Boilers are probably one of the most expensive household appliances you own, and as such, they should be built to last. But how long should you expect your boiler to last, and how do you know when it’s time to bite the bullet and have it replaced? There isn’t an easy answer to this question, because your boiler’s lifespan will often come down to both the quality of the boiler itself and also how well it’s looked after by you. A good boiler can last you anywhere between a few years and a few decades – it’s just that variable.
While some boilers made by well-known manufacturers like Worcester Bosch may offer warranties of up to 10 years, other lesser-known manufacturers may only offer warranties for a couple of years. Sometimes, this may be an indication that the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ applies; if a boiler is going to last you five times as long, it may cost a little more, but that money is easily saved in the long run.
How Can I Make My Boiler Last Longer?
There are a few things you can do to take care of your boiler and raise the likelihood that it will live out its potential:
– During the summer months, switch your boiler to hot water only, but turn it on once a month for 15 minutes or so.
– Keep your boiler’s pressure between the 1 and 1.5 bar.
– Have it deep-cleaned by a professional every once in a while.
– Ensure you give your boiler an annual service to make sure any small fixed and repairs get caught early on.
How can I tell what kind of state my boiler is in?
When you get your boiler serviced, it’s a good idea to pay attention to what’s wrong (and what’s right) with your boiler. While it’s under warranty, there’s no reason to get a replacement because repairs and new parts should all be covered for you anyway. Once you’re paying for new parts yourself, though, your boiler could start costing you a lot of money each year. This is the point at which you need to start regularly assessing whether it might be time to buy a new one.
Generally speaking, what’s important is which boiler parts are beginning to fail. If robust parts like the boiler pump are needing to be replaced, it might be a good indication that the boiler is reaching the end of its lifespan. Likewise, if your engineer can tell you how the most expensive components are doing inside your boiler, it may give you a good idea of how close to replacement you are. Expensive boiler components include the fan, the pump, the air pressure switch, the gas valve, the burner, the printed circuit board and the heat exchange.
When should I replace my boiler?
Even the most conscientious boiler owners will find their boiler will occasionally need repairs, and over time, as the boiler gets older, these repairs will probably come up more often, and more expensive parts may need replacing. When you are having to repair your boiler too frequently, or the cost of repairing your boiler is too much, you may well decide that having your boiler replaced is the more sensible option in the long run.
Sometimes, even a relatively healthy boiler might also be replaced if it’s quite old and you want to save money on your energy bills. Modern boilers are much more energy efficient than older boilers, so investing in a new boiler can sometimes save up to £300 a year in energy bills.
If multiple expensive components need replacing and your boiler is out of warranty, or it’s old and no longer energy efficient, this is when you should consider replacing your boiler with a newer model.