Boilers are extremely expensive pieces of equipment. In the UK, buying a boiler can cost you up to £5,000, and in some cases, even more than that. You’re likely to want to hang on to your current boiler as a result of the expensive cost of buying a new one, and rightfully so. However, there are certain circumstances where buying a new boiler is going to benefit you, no matter what. Often, old boiler will end up costing you a significant amount more in annual energy costs than a new boiler will. With that being said, there are often tweaks you can make to an old boiler to extend its lifeline. It’s also important for your boiler to be reliable, as you don’t want to be spending a fortune on maintenance. You also do not want to have your boiler regularly breaking down, especially during the coldest depths of winter. Here are some of the most important factors to consider regarding knowing when your boiler needs to be replaced:
- Whether your boiler smells odd
This isn’t a question about saving money. This is about safety. If your boiler has got an eggy odour emanating from it, then there is a good chance that you have got a gas leak. If this were to happen, be sure to turn your boiler off and call the emergency gas line. In this case, it is likely that you’re going to want to get a new boiler. Even if it’s fixed, you do not want to risk of this happening again.
- Your energy bills are unusually high
Well, there is a good chance that this is because your boiler’s efficiency is poor. Old boilers tend to have extremely low efficiency compared to new boilers. If you were to switch from a highly inefficient boiler to an efficient one, then there is a chance that you could be saving more than £200 annually! Be sure to check the efficiency rating of the boiler before purchase.
- Frequency of breakdowns
Well, this is probably the most obvious of all the factors to keep in mind. If your boiler is regularly breaking down, then there is a good chance that it will continue to do so, regardless of maintenance. In fact, the money you are spending on maintenance would probably be better spent if you were to put it towards a new boiler.
- Whether you’ve had a boiler check up
If your boiler isn’t quite working as it used to, that doesn’t mean that you should immediately fork out a lump-sum of money to get a new one. Boilers are extremely expensive, and doing so without first checking if it’s fixable could lead you to wasting a lot of money. It could be that there is a build up or blockage in your system. If you’re in the area, be sure to check out Boiler Repairs and Installation in Poole, EcoSafe.