A lot of UK homeowners often wait until it is too late to repair their boilers, they don’t notice any problems and often fail to read between the lines. But, there are times when you will require a replacement, boilers don’t last forever and if you see some of these signs, it means it’s time to change your unit.

How Old is Your Boiler?

If your unit is close to, or over 15 years old, it may be time to source a replacement. A well-maintained boiler should last for close to 15 years without any major issues, but after this time they start to fail and you’re likely to encounter a lot of problems. Cast iron boilers can last even longer than condensed units, but they too have a lifespan and that is usually between 20 to 25 years. If you require a boiler replacement in Gloucester or any other city throughout the region, there are several first-class companies operating in the area. If you choose to upgrade to a new boiler, you’ll be able to lower your energy consumption which is great for the environment and your pocket.

TIP: If your existing boiler meets the required criteria for a boiler replacement, an ECO approved installer will visit your home and fit a new A-rated and more energy efficient boiler. After installation, you can then claim your free boiler grant via the ECO scheme to cover the full expense of all work carried out. Read on for everything you need to know about the ECO boiler grant scheme to see if you qualify.

Have You Noticed Your Utility Bills Snowballing?

If you’ve noticed that your energy bills have continued to increase monthly, but you haven’t changed your usage levels, you may have a problem with your boiler. If your boiler has been operating over several years, it may have reached its end causing it to operate less efficiently. If you’ve also noticed that your boiler requires constant servicing, you should ask the service team if you’d be better off replacing the unit. They’ll be able to give you valuable advice and their company will probably be able to source a more modern unit. You may think that replacing your boiler is expensive but improving the effectiveness of the unit will pay for the new boiler in no time.

How Many Times Have You Hired A Boiler Repair Company This Year?

If the answer to this question is a lot, then your boiler probably needs to be replaced. It shouldn’t fail frequently, it should work effectively for long periods without having to pay for regular call outs. If you find yourself paying for multiple call outs, you’re wasting money you could have spent on a new unit.

Have You Noticed Any Discolouration?

Most people have no idea how boilers work, they just contact a professional when they experience an issue. But there are some things you can look out for which indicate your boiler needs replacing, checking for discolouration is one.

Here are 2 things to look out for:

  • Black soot on the boiler
  • Yellow flame on your gas burner

There are several things to look out for when assessing the efficiency of your boiler, if it has reached a certain age, or you’re continually having to get it repaired, it may be time to shop for a new unit. If you notice any issues with your boiler it is advisable to get it replaced before the cold winter months, the last thing you need is a breakdown during this period.