You might not know that your boiler has a limited lifespan. Unlike the previous generation of boilers that lasted forever condensing boilers can provide heat for our homes for around 10-15 years, but how can you tell if your boiler is nearing the end of the road? If your boiler is old and having to make more effort to heat your home, not only is this going to affect the quality of your heating, but it is also going to be affecting your energy bills. As a result, replacing your boiler could be a cost-efficient investment – but it’s important to know the symptoms of a boiler that is due an upgrade.
As mentioned previously, boilers can last for about 10-15 years before they start to deplete. If your boiler is 10-15 years old, or even older, that is a sign you should think about buying a new boiler. Not only will this level of preparation avoid you having to suffer through the inconvenience of life without a boiler when your old boiler kicks the bucket (as you already have a replacement lined up to be installed), but you will be amazed by the features and bonuses that modern boilers boast. After all, your boiler is over a decade out of date, and constantly-developing technology has helped to improve the design of boilers during this time.
Some of the signs that your boiler may be due a replacement are based on the performance of your boiler. If it takes a long time to heat up and you find yourself standing around for a good few minutes after turning it on, then your existing boiler is letting you down. With a new model you can expect instant heat with no delay. If you find you are dishing out a lot of money for boiler related expenditures such as repairs and maintenance, this is another hint that it may be time to look into a replacement. These mounting expenses will quickly add up, and while fitting a new boiler may seem like the costlier option in the short-term, you could be helping yourself save for the long-term.
Another rather dire indicator that your boiler is urgently due a replacement is if the pilot light, which should be showing up blue, is yellow. If this is the case, your boiler is producing carbon monoxide through incomplete combustion. This deadly gas is toxic in large amounts, and can lead to death, as well as being odourless and colourless so as a result extremely hard to detect. Lighter exposure to carbon monoxide can cause health problems. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include dizziness, fatigue, headaches, unconsciousness and in cases of high exposure, brain damage and even death.
Having a boiler which is fully-functioning, energy-efficient and hardy makes your life easier in more ways than one. By settling with an old boiler, you are risking your health by potential exposure to carbon monoxide, you are not making the most out of your home’s heating and you are (perhaps unknowingly) spending hundreds of pounds more than you should on energy bills. If any of this sounds like your boiler, then its time to consider a replacement.