A common question we get asked here at B&R Heating is “How Long Do Boilers Actually Last?”
Investing In a new boiler can be a costly venture so it’s a totally understandable thing to hear for people looking to take the leap. Unfortunately, the answer to this question isn’t a simple one as it can all depend on a number of things.
Manufacturers that supply heating systems typically offer different warranties for different boilers and brands, like how all of our Worcester boilers come with 12 years of guarantee. While this gives us a good idea of a specific brand’s product life expectancy, another way to help figure this out is through an annual boiler service.
If your boiler is never serviced it will have a greater chance of failing than one that gets an annual service. If we had to put a number on it, a typical boiler lasts between 10-15 years. But with annual servicing and maintenance, even older boilers can continue to run for even longer than predicted.
Tips for servicing your boiler at home
Annual Service – A check-up can be the difference between your boiler running at full efficiency or needing a replacement in a few weeks. Boilers contain multiple complex parts and sometimes one of them needs replacing, which can be arranged once serviced, saving you hundreds of pounds!
Bleeding your radiators – Doing this will help clean up the system and reduce the stress on your boiler since it will not have to work as hard.
Install a magnetic filter – Sludge can build up in your pipes and can cause serious problems to your boiler. Installing a magnetic filter will help with this issue and can be discussed during your annual service.
Run the boiler regularly – Just like a car, you need to turn the boiler on every now and again to keep it in check, especially in the summer months.
How do I know it’s time to replace my boiler?
If your boiler is approaching its 15th birthday, it’s probably worth looking into getting it checked and most likely to replace it. While some boilers can survive 15 years, it might be more cost-effective to buy a new one than keeping your current one maintained. Plus, with boiler advancements in the last few years, a replacement boiler will reduce your carbon footprint, save on your energy bills and possibly make less noise than the one you’ve had for over a decade!
If you would like to discuss getting a new boiler or having your current one serviced, get in touch today on 01752 695050