Even the most reliable of boilers wont last forever, which is why the time for a new boiler arrives for everyone at some point in their lives.
If you’re reading this article, then your boiler may well have run into some sort of trouble. Some issues can be repaired, but other may signal that it is time to get a new boiler installed.
In this article we take you through everything you need to know about having a new boiler installation.
Is It Time For A New Boiler?
Here we will cover some of the reason why you might need a new boiler fitted.
1. Your boiler is older than 10 years.
Boilers can’t deliver the same level of efficiency forever which is why they will eventually need replacing. A good indication is to consider a new boiler around 10 years of installation of your existing one.
And just don’t hang on for your boiler to start breaking down, boiler technology moves fast, and the efficiency of your old boiler will not compare to the new modern boilers.
So, a new boiler will help with keeping your energy bills low, and that moves us on to point 2.
2. Your energy bills are rising.
If you have been noticing your energy bills are heading on the up over a few months, then your boiler could be the main reason. As boilers get older, they will lose their efficiency which means that they must use more fuel to meet the same level of demand for central heating and hot water. A new boiler will have a higher efficiency level which could help to lower your bills.
3. Your boiler has broken down.
We know this sounds simply but if your boiler has completely given up the ghost then having a new boiler installation could be your only answer. Once your boiler has broken down it’s unlikely that a boiler isn’t going to run into trouble again. A new boiler could save you from constantly us out and save you money in the long run.
4. Noise levels have been increasing over time.
If your boiler is making any kind of noise up to and including banging, clunking, or kittling noises coming from your boiler then that isn’t a good sign.
These noises could be the signs of a blockage or a fault within your system preventing the water from circulating. If these noises are getting are getting worse than a powerflush could help resolve the issue. A system powerflush should only be carried out by a fully qualified heating engineer.
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5. The pilot light is a yellow colour or gone out.
A boiler pilot light should be a blue colour. If it turns yellow, then that is a sign of carbon monoxide leaking into the property. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colourless and odourless gas that you CANNOT detect unless you have a CO alarm fitted near to your boiler. If you have a CO alarm fitted and it goes off or start to feel strange, then leave the property straight away in a calm manner and call the Gas Emergency Services (GES) on 0800 111 999.
These are just some of the signs that can help you understand when you need to replace your boiler, there are many others like Noticing unusual smells, water leaking from the heating system, it’s starting to cost you money because you are repairing it on a regular basis, and your home is no longer reaching a comfortable temperature.
So, you have decided to have your old/broken down boiler replaced, you have contacted a heating engineer and its installation day so what happens next.
The first thing you need to do is help the engineer to make a quick start by clearing the space around the boiler, giving them easy access. If your boiler is installed in the loft, it should be made accessible, have a clear and safe walkway and be well lit.
Please remember that replacing your old boiler is much complex and can take up to 3 days to finish, this is because new pipework will need to be fitted and laid. Once your new boiler has been installed, the heating engineer will take you through how to use the controls.
Before the engineer leaves, make sure they provide you with a building regulations compliance certificate, which lets you know that the system has been installed safely.
Now your boiler installation is fitted and working it’s time to register the installation with the manufacturer to validate the warranty.
To keep the warranty valid, you will need to have the boiler serviced yearly by a gas safe registered engineer. Not only will an annual boiler service keep your warranty valid, but they will also ensure that the boiler is working correctly and safely.
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