Dealing with a boiler breakdown can be a very disastrous affair and regardless of how or why it happens, having to deal with this situation on the coldest day of the year is definitely not fun. Generally speaking, boilers are never located where they can be conveniently seen, which can make it considerably harder for a lot of homeowners to gage the efficiency of their boiler properly.
However difficult it may be to access your boiler, you should know that inspecting it on a regular basis is an absolute must if you want to avoid the situation that we’ve just talked about above. Chances are that you’re not an expert when it comes to boilers and their common problems, which is why we’ve outlined five of the most obvious signs that are telling you that you need to replace your boiler.
You’ll need to replace your boiler if it’s:
More than a decade old
The average lifespan of a boiler is ten years, give or take. After that time period, a boiler is past its prime and may begin to cause small problems at first, which will only lead to bigger and more serious issues down the road.
Needing constant repairs or replacement parts
If you are spending more time resetting your boiler in the morning or cleaning up leaking water that has come from it, it’s time to call in a professional to see what the underlying issue is. If constant repairing and getting replacement parts are on-going problems, chances are that your boiler needs replacing.
Not heating as efficiently as it used to
Is your boiler not heating your home like it used to? If so, this is a sure sign that it needs some attention – and fast. Avoid wasting energy, time and money by getting it seen to straight away as not doing so could end up costing you in the long-term.
Making strange noises
If your boiler is making strange noises, it’s most likely trying to tell you that something is wrong. The uneven distribution of water in a boiler can create pockets of water, which often generate the eerie sounds of knocking, popping, rattling or hissing so pay particular attention to these noises.
Making you question how high your energy bill has become
The cost of heating your home, especially during the colder months of the year, makes up approximately 60% of your energy bills. If you’ve recently noticed a dramatic increase in your electricity bill but are not feeling the effects of extra warmth in your home, it could well be down to the inefficiency of your boiler.
Should your boiler be showing any, some, or even all of these described signs, it’s most definitely time to consider getting it replaced. Once you do so, you can then return to enjoying lower electricity bills, better temperature control, greater heating efficiency, quieter boiler operation, improved reliability and safety and all of the other benefits that a new boiler provides.