There’s no denying the importance of boilers. In these cold and chilly winter months, they’re probably the most integral household feature – the heartbeat of your home. They keep the entire house warm, ensure rooms are cosy and welcoming, while pumping hot water to all of the radiators.
Your boiler is the star of the show at winter. Such a key feature requires ongoing attention and a watchful eye. This is to guarantee your boiler is functioning to its optimum ability and not costing you excess amounts of money. It’s up to you to make sure yours is running in tip-top order – and one way of doing this is by working out how long your boiler is expected to last.
So, how long can I expect my boiler to last?
Well, on average boilers last between 10 – 15 years. Of course, this is all dependent on the size of your boiler, its efficiency, and how well you look after it. If you’ve just installed a brand new boiler, you may be thinking: ‘great! I don’t have to worry about mine for another ten years.’
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. As nice as it would be to close the door on your boiler and not have to worry about it for a few years, as a homeowner you can’t afford to do this. Boilers can be temperamental. We rely on them a lot, which means they go through a lot, and subsequently, a lot can go wrong.
Boilers need attention. So, we recommend getting an annual check-up to make sure yours is in perfect condition and not costing you considerable amounts of money.
How do I find a boiler that lasts longer?
Think of buying a boiler like buying a car. It demands plenty of research and thorough planning; you need to find one that’s perfect for you and your family, tried and tested. To help you find a boiler that’s guaranteed to last, we’ve put together a list of things you should do when you need a new boiler installation.
- Select a Boiler That’s Reliable and Efficient
Look for well-known boiler brands that are proven to work. Unlike other things in life where you may choose to experiment or try the latest styles, it’s always best to stick with a tried and tested boiler. Brands like Worcester Bosch, Ideal and Vaillant are always safe options.
These types of boiler have been around for years and are fit for homes of all shapes and sizes. Nearly all boiler engineers will also be familiar with these brands, making your installation a much smoother process. When it comes to looking for boilers that stand the test of time, stick to legitimate and trusted brands.
- Choose a Boiler Fit for Your Home
It’s vital you pick a boiler that meets the demands of your home. When selecting yours, make sure you choose one with the right kWh output. This is very important, so pay close attention:
If your boiler’s kWh output is too small, you’ll only put excessive pressure on the system and increase the risk of frequent breakdowns. On the other hand, a boiler that uses excessive boiler power will only see you use more energy than you need – expect your bills to rocket.
When buying a boiler, make sure you consult with the engineers and choose one that’s perfect for your home. Consider the size of your home, the number of rooms and how often you’re likely to be using the heating. All of these will help you make a much more informed decision.
- Make Sure You Get a Gas Safe Registered Engineer to Install Yours
A boiler installation is not something you can afford to cut corners on. That’s why it’s essential you get a Gas Safe Registered Engineer to install yours. Boilers can be dangerous if installed incorrectly. If you go for an unregistered plumber, you risk your boiler leaking and potentially letting out carbon monoxide.
Take the safe route and get a fully qualified engineer to fit yours for you. This will rule out all possible health risks and also save you considerable amounts of money down the line.
- Organise an Annual Service
This is probably the most important thing of all. Think of it like a dentist appointment. As much of a hassle as they can be, we all need them. An annual service ensures that everything is in running order and safe.
If you don’t arrange these check-ups, you risk a minor problem turning into a major issue. The smallest of leaks will only get bigger as time goes on – costing you serious amounts of money and increasing the chances of a carbon monoxide risk. The easy option: arrange an annual service.
This is also the same for repairs. If you notice something is wrong, don’t wait around.
When should you replace your boiler?
As we mentioned before, the 10 to 15-year mark is usually the point when it’s time to get a new boiler. Even if yours appears to be performing as normal, it’s likely its efficiency rates have diminished over time.
No matter how proud of your boiler you are, when they get to this age, they start to cost more money than they’re worth. A much better option is to look for a new one.
If you’re unsure whether your boiler is on its way out and need help to make a decision, here are some tell-tale signs to look out for that suggest it’s time for a new boiler installation:
- Frequent breakdowns
- Unusual noises
- Strange smells
- Radiators taking a long time to heat up
- High energy bills
Sadly, boilers don’t last a lifetime. The average lifespan is 10 to 15 years, but that’s not to say you can neglect yours until then. Boilers need regular attention to ensure they reach their sell-by date. If you think your boilers on the blink, please give us a call.
We’ll provide you with a free no-obligation quote and send out one of our engineers to assess what needs to be done.