How do you know when the right time is to get a new boiler?

April 20, 2018

Boiler may need replacing

Did you know, your boiler is one of the most intensively used household appliances? But unless your heating suddenly stops working or your water doesn’t warm up, faults can go unnoticed.

We have become so accustomed to being warm that when our boilers breakdown it feels like a complete disaster, its known fact that boilers don’t last forever, so if you are finding that your boilers becoming slightly unpredictable it could be time to ask yourself; ‘Do I need a new boiler?’

The more reliable you new boiler, the less money you will need to spend on expensive repairs, we’ve gathered together some signs that are telling you your boiler is on its way out!

Signs Your Boiler Needs Replacing

Strange Noises – Just like anything with time, parts can wear away, although these can be replaced it can be more cost effective to buy a brand-new boiler. If your boiler is making any popping or hissing sounds when its on you need to get it investigated by an engineer Alistair Thorpe Plumbing offer a fast, efficient and reliable boiler servicing in Cupar.

Regular Repairs – You should annually service your boiler by an approved plumber, servicing your boiler is essential to ensure the smooth running and prevention of breakdowns and issues. Alistair Thorpe plumbing and heating services will send out a qualified Gas Safety Engineer who are more than qualified and experienced enough to provide you with the highest standard of boiler servicing. However if your boiler is in a constant state of repair, it may be time to think about replacing it.

It’s Old – If your boiler is over 10 years old it might be worth replacing it. Even if it functions fine, the older it gets the more likely it is to breakdown, it is more than likely less efficient than a new boiler. So although getting a new one might seem like an expensive option it can save you money in the long run.

It leaks – It goes without saying any leak should be investigated immediately, not only because of water damage, but also because it can develop into a carbon monoxide leak, which can be highly dangerous.

The Water Temperature Fluctuates – If your hot water takes a while to heat up or runs hot and cold when running, then you probably need to replace your boiler if repairs don’t improve the situation.

Your Boiler is Giving Off a Bad Smell – A healthy boiler will never emit any odour, if it does it needs to be investigated by a professional right away. Any faint smell could indicate a carbon monoxide leak, Although carbon monoxide itself is odourless, a smell could be created because the leak is causing the boiler to not burn properly.

Your Energy Bills are Increasing – If your energy bills are increasing faster than normal, it could be down to an insufficient boiler. The older a heating system gets the more it can cost to run.

What Types of Boilers are There?

There are many makes and models of boilers, however there are three main types of gas condensing boilers to choose from:

A combination boiler, commonly known as a combi boiler, heats water as and when you need it which in turn eliminates the need for a storage tank. This is more suited to a smaller home, with only one bathroom.

A heat only boiler, this can also be known as a conventional boiler, meaning you will have a hot water tank or cylinder where hot water can be stored for later use. This type of boiler is well suited to a larger home where more than two people are living there.

A system boiler, just like a heat only boiler, but more components are built in. This then makes system boilers easier to install then conventional ones, and as an added bonus they take up less space.

Our Gas Safety registered engineers at Alistair Thorpe Heating and Plumbing services will be happy to advise you on which boiler is suited for you and your home.

Do I Need a Specific Size Boiler?

  • When choosing the best size boiler for your home you should take into consideration:
  • The heating and hot water capabilities of the boiler
  • The physical size of your boiler and whether it will fit in the space you have it destined for

The correct heating size of the boiler will be something completely unique to you and your home, for example how many bathrooms does your home have? How many people live in your home? This is something one of our qualified engineers will be able to discuss and recommend the correct size boiler for your home.

Boiler Installation

Before boiler installations happens you need to find a Gas Safe registered installer. Alistair Thorpe Heating & Plumbing have a talented team of experienced and qualified Gas Safe registered engineers that can help with your plumbing and heating needs.

One of our dedicated team members will come and survey your home, whilst advising you on the costs and other factors surrounding the installation. Your engineer will check your entire heating system and asses what factors need repairing or replacing.

If the boiler installation is straightforward, and you’re having a combination boiler fitted, then the fitting should take a day, the engineer will then remove your existing boiler and fit the new one, as well as replace any other components of the heating system as outlined in the quote for the job.

Why Choose Alistair Thorpe Heating and Plumbing?

At Alistair Thorpe Heating and Plumbing, out experienced plumbers and heating engineers are fully qualified and provide a professional and efficient service for domestic jobs or individuals, landlords and property agents in the Cupar and North East Fife Area. Our Gas Safe registered team of plumbers and heating engineers are dedicated to providing the highest quality of workmanship. Contact one of our friendly team members today to find out how Alistair Thorpe Heating and Plumbing can help you today.

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