If you’ve just purchased a new boiler for your home, you may be asking the question “how long does a boiler last?” The key to ensuring your boiler lasts long enough is by ensuring that your boiler gets regular services from qualified gas-safe engineers.
Boilers typically come with a warranty in case they break down, however, there is a prerequisite that the owner has the boiler serviced at least once a year. If you get your boiler serviced as per the warranty’s requirements, your boiler should last you a long time.
What is the average lifespan of a boiler?
If you take care of your boiler, they usually last between 10 and 15 years. However, boilers kept in exceptionally good condition can last slightly longer. If you’ve purchased a reliable boiler and hired a qualified professional to install it for you, you will increase the lifespan of your boiler from the get-go.
How to increase the lifespan of your boiler
When you choose a boiler, you need to make sure the model is appropriate for household needs. Your boiler needs to be able to sustain your home’s heating requirements. If you end up with a boiler that cannot keep up with the home’s demand, the lifespan of the boiler will decrease significantly.
Following the initial boiler installation, you need to make sure you keep up the maintenance on your boiler and report any potential faults as soon as possible. Often a seemingly small problem can lead to a much bigger ordeal, which is highly inconvenient during the winter months. When you report faults as soon as you notice them, you will increase the lifespan of your boiler.
When you do get your boiler serviced, it’s also important that this is done by a gas-safe certified engineer. This is a legal requirement, and it is not possible to service your own boiler. The best way to book boiler servicing is to schedule an annual check-up with your boiler service provider.
A gas-safe engineer will also know exactly what to do when you report a fault. They will be able to get the job done quickly and efficiently so that you can be back up and running as soon as possible.
When should you get a boiler service?
Usually, the boiler manufacturer will require you to have your boiler serviced at least once a year in order to remain compliant with the warranty criteria. It is also generally advisable that you have your boiler serviced on an annual basis.
Some boiler service providers also recommend you have something called a power flush. This makes sure that there is no debris in the pipework of your heating systems which may lead to more severe blockages. A service like this should be conducted every 5 years, however, a gas-safe engineer will advise you if they think the service is necessary at any given time.
The benefits of a new boiler installation
When you get a new boiler installed, there are several benefits you can look forward to. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits you can experience when you have a new boiler installed.
Better heating and hot water supply
Having a new boiler installed means that your home will be heated a lot quicker and your hot water supply will be improved. This is especially helpful during the winter when the temperatures plummet.
More energy efficient
New versions of boilers are much more energy efficient which will save you money on energy bills and reduce the environmental impact your household has. More efficient boilers cost less to run because they do not use as much energy as other older models.
Reduces your carbon footprint
With improved efficiency, your boiler does not need as much power to run, meaning your home consumes a lot less electricity and takes the load off the power stations in your area. A new boiler, therefore, helps to reduce your carbon footprint.
Less hassle with faults
Newer models of boilers are less likely to have major faults with them unless they are not installed properly. When you have your boiler installed by a professional, you can rest easy knowing that your boiler will be fully functional.
Overall peace of mind
Older boilers can cause a lot of stress within a household, especially when they are on their last legs and they start giving you problems. The great thing about new boilers is that they usually have the latest boiler technology installed, which improves over time and mitigates the risks of faults occurring as much as possible.
When should you replace your boiler?
If you suspect there is something wrong with your boiler, the best thing to do is to get a certified gas-safe engineer to come and take a look at the reported fault. If the problem is severe, the engineer will likely recommend that you replace your old boiler model with a more up-to-date unit.
If the fault is repairable, you may still need to replace your boiler, particularly if you find you are having to call a boiler service person more regularly than once a year. Recurring faults are not only an inconvenience for running your household but are also a hazard to your home. Frequent faults can be potentially harmful to you and your family and can lead to gas leaks and explosions in very serious circumstances.
The cost of your new boiler
It’s likely that one of the main factors putting you off getting a new boiler is the cost of it. As experts in the field, SD Plumbing and Heating understand that this may be a concern for you and your financial situation. For this reason, we are here to help find you the best deal and plan for your new boiler installation.
To find out more about how we can help you in your hunt for a new boiler, get in touch with us today. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with as much information as possible to get a quote for a new boiler today. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 0131 380 6266 and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help.