When trying to decide whether to service or replace your boiler, a few considerations need to be factored in. Firstly, how old is it? Chances are if it’s a model north of ten years, it won’t be up to speed with the latest benefits of technology. Then there’s current energy efficiencies that have been included in newer models, and you may also want to consider your fuel source as your preferences and government legislations may be swaying you in a different direction. Let’s dig in and explore these points in more detail to support your decision making.
If your boiler is beyond repair, then it may be worth looking into a new boiler all together.
How long does a boiler last?
That can depend on several aspects including the model and brand of your boiler and how well you’ve maintained it (ideally to the manufacturer’s guidelines). On average, hydronic heating boilers that have been serviced regularly should last you anywhere from 15 to 25 years. The maintenance piece really can’t be undervalued – if you keep to the schedule, it will ensure your boiler is as energy efficient as possible and will keep it running better for longer, safely.
Knowing when to repair your boiler versus replacing
If your boiler is less than ten years old, a servicing per guidelines will often be the fix needed and restore its efficiency. As with anything with moving parts, including humans, as they age, repairs may become more frequent and costly.
As a guideline, if the repair quote is looking like more than half the price to buy a new boiler, replacing it is in most cases is a much smarter and cheaper move.
Improvements in boiler technology
Boiler technology has evolved significantly over the years. Any model that is more than a decade old is unlikely to be as efficient as the latest solutions on the market. Some boilers can achieve an impressive thermal efficiency of up to 98.6%.
When you have a newer boiler integrated with your home heating system that has a high energy efficiency, you’re using a lot less energy to generate the same amount of heat. This equals bigger savings and with the increases to cost of living, that’s music to anyone’s ears.
If you are in the market for a new boiler, it pays to do your research to get the best fit for your home climate needs.
Newer models also come with smart controls that allow you to manage your heating system more effectively.
Consider your boiler fuel source
When it comes to replacing your boiler, another consideration is the opportunity to switch fuel sources. While gas boilers are common, there’s a growing trend towards electric boilers and heat pumps.
Heat pumps are a great solution. While they’re costly to buy and install, you’ll see the savings immediately on your running costs. They can heat your home in winter, cool it in summer, and provide hot water all year round. This makes them a versatile solution that uses a renewable resource – heat from the air or ground – making them a more sustainable choice.
Is it time to move to electric heating?
Replacing a gas boiler with an electric one can offer numerous advantages. Electric boilers are generally smaller, quieter, and require less maintenance. Additionally, they produce no exhaust gases, making them a greener solution and are quick and cheaper to install than other options as you don’t need to include a flue or chimney. Electric boilers are also a solid choice for those without gas access at their address and can be a better option for smaller residences that don’t need to use as much heating as a bigger home.
Furthermore, hydronic heating systems powered by an electric heat source can leverage hydronic radiant floor heating. This system heats your home from the floor up, providing comfortable, even heat throughout your home.
If you’re interested in reducing your energy bill further, we’re finding more and more home owners are pairing their electric boiler with solar PV and or battery storage.
Making the right choice for you and your home
Deciding when to service or replace your boiler can feel daunting. It involves weighing up the cost of repairs and servicing against the price and potential savings of a new, more efficient boiler. The switch can be seen as an investment not only in your home but also in reducing your carbon footprint.
If your boiler is nearing the end of its lifespan or needing frequent and expensive repairs, it might be time to consider a replacement. If you do opt for a new boiler, look at the latest energy-efficient models and consider whether a switch to electric heating or a heat pump might be beneficial for your home.
Making smart choices about your heating system can help you be more energy-efficient, reduce your environmental impact, and ultimately save money. As with any big decision, it’s worth taking the time to research your options and consult with professionals to ensure you’re making the best choice for your home.
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