We rely on our boilers to provide hot water and heat our radiators so that we can stay cosy and warm all year round. A broken boiler can be extremely inconvenient, especially during the winter, and noone wants to be left without central heating or hot water for a long period of time.
Therefore, it’s important to stay on top of your boiler maintenance and be aware of the warning signs to look out for which indicate that your boiler isn’t functioning as it should. With this in mind, see below for four common signs which indicate that your boiler needs to be replaced.
If you find yourself calling a Gas Safe engineer out more than once a year then it’s time to think about arranging a boiler replacement. Frequent breakdown costs quickly add up and in most cases, replacing the entire boiler is far more cost effective than frequently replacing or repairing different parts.
Higher energy bills
A rise in energy bills is to be expected during the colder months, but if your bills are noticeably higher than usual (or much higher than the same time last year), this indicates that your boiler isn’t functioning as efficiently as it should. Consider upgrading the rating of your boiler for a more energy efficient model. For example, an A-rated boiler runs at over 90% efficiency, while a G-rated boiler is only 70% or less.
It’s normal to hear some light noises when your boiler is warming up, but if you notice loud clanging, tapping or hissing noises then this usually indicates a problem. Homeowners will be familiar with the ‘usual’ noises of their boiler, so call an engineer if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
Your boiler leaks
Boilers should never leak, so if you notice any moisture or puddles of water, this is a sign that an internal component like a valve or seal is broken. It’s very dangerous to leave any leaks unattended, as it can cause an electrical short circuit or structural damage to the surrounding area of your home.
If you think it’s time your boiler was replaced, get in touch with the experts at McRoberts Plumbing & Heating Engineers. Our experienced engineers are proud to offer emergency boiler repairs, installation and replacement, and we have experience with oil, gas and LPG boilers. We also offer a range of flexible boiler care packages, so give us a call today or visit our website to find out more.