Is It Worth Repairing A Boiler
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If your boiler is working inefficiently you may benefit from an upgrade. We ask: is it worth repairing a boiler?
Is It Worth Repairing A Boiler?
Realising your old boiler or central heating system is on the fritz, with warm water a scarcity during the winter months, is concerning and a sign that your boiler needs replacing. You may believe you have done something wrong, but these are common issues to face.
Repair costs can be daunting, especially when some heating companies give you a fixed price. Replacement parts can be challenging to find, but your insurance will more than likely cover the repair from your boiler manufacturers.
You should consider getting a boiler repair service done on your existing boiler. Inefficient boilers will experience more frequent breakdowns, hot water issues, increasing energy bills and the risk of carbon monoxide being produced into the air.
In some cases, a replacement boiler will prove more cost-efficient than repairing and sourcing all replacement parts required for the existing boiler. A Gas Safe Engineer will need to inspect your boiler safety and boiler cover and assess the best option to repair or replace the unit.
If you find yourself struggling with higher utility bills, all your radiators stop heating or believe the central heating system is potentially unsafe, keep reading this article to discover whether you should repair or replace your boiler and then contact a Gas Safe Engineer.
Should I Repair Or Replace My Boiler?
While the money appeal of replacing individual parts in the boiler may be more attractive than investing in a replacement boiler, you should always consider safety first.
All gas appliances in your home must meet heating guidelines and laws, including modern boilers.
Ensuring you have an A-Rated Boiler and it is safe for your home and family is the first thing you should do. While a boiler repair can be helpful when lowering costs, you may find yourself investing in more repairs over time.
Buying a replacement boiler that is more energy-efficient and fully functional with modern technologies like a smart thermostat could save you costs in the long run.
Many newer boilers require much lower maintenance on a regular basis, prove quicker during installation and will be more reliable over time.
Before agreeing to an impulse decision of a modern boiler, you should start by assessing what type of boiler you currently have. In UK homes, there are four main types of boiler you will find:
Is Boiler Repair Energy-Efficient?
There are many factors that can change the price of a boiler repair service. If you are working with a Worcester boiler that has frequent breakdowns, there could be more serious structural damage to repair. If you have never had a PowerFlush performed on your central heating system, the pipes can build up with sludge. This is common in homes where radiators have stopped working, or you're experiencing cold spots.
Annual service and inspections on a regular basis are your best friend here. A Gas Safe engineer will ensure all parts are covered and save you stress, time and money in the long run. They can also advise you on the working order of your boiler beyond what you can see, giving your central heating system a lot longer to live.
If you find yourself paying for more repairs over time, you will save more money by replacing the boiler altogether.
Are Boiler Breakdowns Becoming Frequent?
If your boiler is old, you may begin to notice more signs of a faulty system, and breakdowns are becoming more frequent. Any leaking from the boiler or issues with the pipework are a continuous sign that you could benefit from a new one before your current boiler puts you at risk of deadlier issues.
Boiler manufacturers will typically provide a boiler lifespan to you, which you should double-check when they appear broken or stop working.
A newer model will have greater efficiency and take pressure off the constant breakdown costs you're paying.
Many boiler systems have an improved heat exchanger and additional features to make the investment worthwhile.
For example, you can get many models with smart heating thermostats and better control overall, making a boiler replacement a viable option.
The age of your boiler will also bring about more breakdowns, as you can typically expect more signs to begin as they reach a certain age.
On a more severe scale, your boiler can start producing carbon monoxide and cause carbon monoxide poisoning to those in the house. A heating engineer will evaluate the unit and provide you with the most cost-effective solution and boiler type.
Signs That Your Boiler Needs Repairing Or Replacement
Many of the signs that boilers begin to produce as they need replacing or repairing can begin early on, which is why an annual service is crucial. All repairs should be carried out by an authorised engineer who can read the boiler controls and understand the boiler needs.
A large portion of boiler issues also begin with improper installation and fitting, so be sure to hire a company that can complete a professional job the first time.
If you have had your boiler installed recently in the last few months or years yet are experiencing problems, it's time for a boiler service from a professional.
Here are the signs you should look out for and our tips for dealing with them:
There are more signs to be wary of, but the decision as to repairing or replacing your boiler unit is entirely up to you. If you require further assistance or would like to enquire for a Gas Safe Engineer to visit your property for an inspection, please reach out to our friendly team today.
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