Boiler replacements can be stressful and expensive, and if you’ve never had one before, then you’ve come to the right place. Reading up on when, why, and how to get your boiler replaced is a good idea for any homeowner, particularly if you’re worried about the potential expenses. Today, we’ll cover the best ways to maintain your boiler, when to get it replaced, and the potential warning signs you should look out for.
The best way to avoid needing a boiler replacement is good maintenance. While boilers don’t last forever, they can last for a number of years, especially if you know how to look after them.
First and foremost, you should get a professional once a year to service your boiler. This might seem like quite an expense but it’s worth it in the long run. Getting your boiler serviced will likely cost you somewhere in the region of £60 to £120, whereas a new boiler will be in the thousands. Simply put, even if you went for a cheap boiler, it would have to last more than a decade to cost more in servicing than it would to buy a new one.
Not that that’s an unreasonable length of time to expect your boiler to last, so long as you do service it regularly.
Other useful maintenance tips are to:
● Keep an eye on the pressure to make sure the gauge is always within the recommended range
● Keep your boiler room clean to avoid any risk of fire hazards
● Check for leaks if you think anything might be wrong
● Regularly bleed the radiators to prevent air from getting trapped in them
● Monitor the carbon monoxide levels in your house – faulty boilers can produce carbon monoxide which can be deadly in large amounts
All of that being said, sooner or later a boiler replacement is probably a good idea. An average boiler is designed to last between ten and fifteen years. Over time they often grow less efficient, and the more often they break down, the more likely it is that they will need to be replaced at some point.
As we’ve already mentioned, boiler replacement can be expensive, but not getting your boiler replaced can potentially be even more expensive. Not all boilers are built the same and if you’re looking for ways to reduce your energy bills a boiler replacement might be the way to go. Spending more money on a more efficient boiler could potentially save you loads in the long run.
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