When people contact us to find out about the UK Government’s Free Boiler scheme, they often want to know if their boiler needs replaced based on its age.
Unfortunately, like people, no two boilers age the same way! A ten-year-old boiler that is used moderately and serviced every year may be in better condition than the five-year-old boiler of a young family which is never serviced and run constantly. Age is not all that we look at when we decide if a boiler needs replacing. We consider how efficient it is and, perhaps more importantly, how safe it is.
While our experts will be able to tell you exactly what’s best for your current boiler, and which new free boiler would be best suited for your property and lifestyle, there are some signs you can watch out for to tell whether your boiler should be replaced and if it’s time to call in a Boiler Installer.
1. Regular Breakdowns
If your plumber recognises your number when you call, it is probably worth getting in touch with us instead! Even one breakdown or problem a year with your boiler is enough of a sign that it is time to replace it with a new one. The costs of calling out boiler engineers, and even minor repairs will soon mount up, not to mention the inconvenience of having tradespeople around so regularly. If you are worried about winter already, then it’s time to get in touch.
2. Higher bills
If you’ve noticed your energy bills have started to sneak up each month, it is likely that your boiler is not running as well as it used to, and is now wasting more energy to produce the same amount of heat each time. A new energy-efficient boiler will save you money on your energy bills and cost less to run every day.
3. Funny noises or smells
Every boiler and central heating system makes some kind of noise, that is normal and expected, but if you’ve noticed your radiators or boiler making louder or different noises recently, that could be a sign of a problem. Hums, bangs, taps, and rattles usually indicate that there is a problem in the system and it’s not running as it should. Time to call in an expert and get it checked.
Remember, if you ever smell anything strange when you use your boiler, turn it off immediately and call the UK emergency gas number on 0800 111 999.
4. Water leaks and yellow flames
Your boiler should not leak water – ever! There are electrics inside your boiler and an untreated water drip could cause big problems.
It is normal for older boilers to have a visible pilot light – a little flame – burning at all times. If you can see the flame and it’s yellow or orange like a match flame rather than bright blue like a gas hob, then your boiler is not working as it should.
These are just some signs and symptoms of a boiler that should be replaced, but they aren’t the only ones. If your engineer is struggling to find parts, or you find yourself constantly fiddling with the water pressure, temperature or radiator thermostats, these are sure signs that your boiler is coming to the end of use. Don’t wait for a problem to happen, get in touch with an Eco Boiler Installer and find out today if you qualify for a new, free boiler.